Super Tuesday is upon us and independents are key. Most states with primaries or caucases on Feb. 5 have "open primaries" in which independent voters will be able to choose their ballot. Below is a selection of articles that talk about independents and the weight they carry for the 2008 presidential election:
- 2008 is shaping up as the year of the independent (By Daniel Weintraub, Sacramento Bee)
- Video: California Independent Voters Can Swing Democratic Presidential Primary (Think On These Things) with video: Independent Elouise Joseph on CBS Channel 5 VIDEO LINK
- Poll: Obama, McCain gain in Calif.-Obama and Clinton in statistical tie (Mercury News) Field Poll numbers and link: Shows statewide independents go for Obama 54%, Clinton 32%, Others 3%, Undecided 18% NOTE: James Carville on Meet the Press today says there's something "wrong" with this poll....
- Breaking News: Pro-Clinton push poll erupts in California (LA Times Top of the Ticket)
- California dream team: Oprah, Caroline, Michelle (Lynn Sweet blog, Chicago Sun Times)
- Independents cast ballots in Democratic primary (Ventura County Star)
- Californians need to think Ohio (Ventura County Star) NOTE: Can't we just vote for who we want???
- Early voters find they don't get a do-over--independents got nonpartisan ballots, want Dem ballots (Sac Bee)
- Independent voter says: Obama offers change (LETTER to The Coloradoan, Ft. Collins)
- In the wake of Super Tuesday, no clear winners may emerge (Tuscaloosa News)
- Obama has captured strong local attention (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
- New York voters have primary fever (Elmira Star-Gazette)
- In primary, it's all about the delegates (Glenn Falls Post Star)
- More Mixed Bloomberg Messages (Elizabeth Benjamin, Daily Politics)
- In the Clinton Home Field, an Effort for Obama - Westchester Obama Women (New York Times) NOTE: Who said middle-class white women can't jump?! -NH
- Independents to play key electoral role (By Karen Jeffrey, Cape Cod Online) Exercising political power: "It's all about bottom-up politics, about us deciding what is important and what direction our country should take," says Diane Whitehouse, Massachusetts Coalition of Independent Voters.
- Mazzaglia: Voters do not approve the message-independents confused (By Frank Mazzaglia, GHS Daily News Tribune, Waltham)
- Mass., Conn. vote in Super Tuesday primaries (Providence Journal)
- McCain changing the balance of the campaign (Tom Moran, NJ.com)
- Scott Milfred: McCain and Obama bank on Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Journal)
- Milfred: Wisconsin is ripe for Bloomberg bid (Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 30)
- African Americans: Black voters in a swing state like Obama, but national polls so far haven't picked up a South Carolina-like wave. (By Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post)
- Barack Obama and John McCain lead rivals 2-1 in Illinois, poll shows (Chicago Tribune)
- Independents should be able to vote in primary (LETTER to Salem Statesman Journal)
- Yepsen: Betting here is Obama, McCain (Des Moines Register)
- Editorial: Nader redux: A spoiler then and a spoiler now (Sacramento Bee)
- Bill Clinton to catch the game with governor (Houston Chronicle)
- Give me that old-time conservatism (Brad Warthen's Blog, The State)
- McCain's Success May Be Upsetting N.Y. Mayor's Plans (Washington Post)
- Clinton Campaign: Hillary Better to Beat McCain (ABC News, Power Punch blog, Jake Tapper)
- Super Tuesday Wrap-Up: Competitive Races in Tenn., Ala. And Mo. (CQ Politics)
Nancy Hanks, a 30-year independent grassroots activist based in New York City ,has been building The Hankster since April 2006. The Hankster is America's leading non-partisan, non-centrist independent blog.