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ELECTION '04

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 5

Clark wins Oklahoma in tight
race, with Edwards close behind

PRIMARIES
Continued from Page 1
Press Secretary for John Edwards in Michigan.
"None of the candidates knew they were going to
have to allocate so much time."
With nine states having held caucuses and primar-
ies to date, Washington's primary and Michigan's
caucuses on Saturday are next in line
On Saturday all the candidates will be watching as
Michiganders vote, as it represents the largest num-
ber of delegates in any state yet. While all the cam-
paigns are interested in Michigan, only Dean, Clark
and Kerry have scheduled visits before Saturday.
"It's one of several states that are very important,"
said Christy Setzer, spokeswoman for Dean in
Michigan. "It's a delegate-rich state and it's a dele-
gate race with John Kerry."
With Saturday on the horizon for the developing
campaigns, Michigan voters can expect to see televi-

sion ads for the first time.
"We're going to look at the results from (yester-
day) and see what we have to do," said Eric Schultz,
Kerry's Michigan spokesman. "We want to make
the right strategic decision to see where we need to
go on the air."
Some candidates have questioned the effects of tele-
vision advertising due to the limited amount of money
available for the many Democratic candidates.
"Voter turnout in Michigan is expected to be around
150,000 and in a state of 9 million there are just better
ways to target voters and better ways to spend money,"
said Jonathan Beeton, spokesman for Clark in Michi-
gan. "(Clark) is looking to do well and pick up dele-
gates in Michigan, but we're really focused on
Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin."
Despite Lieberman's withdrawal the race, last night's
biggest disappointment was Howard Dean. The former
Vermont governor failed to mount even a second place

"I think a lot of people were
surprised that Feb. 3 would be
such a dogfight ... None of the
candidates knew that they
were going to have to allocate
so much time.
- Ted Anderson
Edwards' Michigan spokesman
finish in any of the contested states, perhaps because
his campaign had already turned to later states.
"At this point (Dean) just needed to fare well
enough (yesterday), and do well and maybe win on
Feb. 7, 8 or 10 before Feb. 17 in Wisconsin, where
we expect to do very well," Setzer said.

FEB. 3 PRIMARY RUNDOWN

Sen. Joe Lieberman withdrew from the Democratic presidential nomination race
last night after falling to be a contender in Iowa, New Hampshire, and the seven
states which held primaries yesterday.
Candidates get
ready for state
caucuses Saturday

LANSING, (AP) - U.S. Sens.
John Kerry and John Edwards set
their sights on Michigan after rolling
up Democratic presidential primary
wins yesterday in several other
states.
"There's an enormous amount of
support for Senator Edwards here,"
Edwards' state director in Michigan,
Derek Albert, said yesterday after
the North Carolina senator won the
South Carolina primary. "There's a
lot of momentum."
Albert said plans for Edwards to
campaign in Michigan before the
state's Democratic presidential caucus-
es Saturday are still up in the air but
added that Michigan is "crucial to the
campaign."
Kerry comes into Michigan leading
in the polls and with victories yester-
day in five states.
A win here Saturday could wrap
up the nomination by awarding the
Massachusetts senator most of the
128 pledged delegates at stake, the
largest number of any state so far,
said former Gov. James Blanchard.
"We could very well finalize the
nomination of John Kerry, and I think
that would give our state a lot of lever-
age," Blanchard said from a Kerry vic-
tory party in Detroit. "It enables
Michigan to maybe make a major
statement Saturday."
But Blanchard stopped short of
predicting a Kerry victory, in part
because Michigan's caucus system,
which allowed voters to begin cast-
ing votes by mail or over the Inter-
net in early January, makes
Saturday's outcome harder to pre-
dict. About 25,000 ballots had been
cast as of yesterday.
"I have no doubt if we had a nor-
mal primary, if people made up
their mind this week or tomorrow or
Saturday, Kerry would win deci-
sively. But we have early voting"
and many of those votes could have
gone to former Vermont Gov.
Howard Dean, said Blanchard, who
is helping run Kerry's Michigan
campaign.
Dean, who did not win any of the
seven states holding primaries and
caucuses yesterday, at one point had

Kerry comes into
Michigan leading in the
polls and with victories
yesterday in five states.
A win here Saturday
could wrap up the
nomination.
pinned his hopes of reviving his
campaign on Michigan.
Dean now says he is focusing on
Wisconsin's Feb. 17 primary.
But he also is spending a lot of
time in Michigan. He campaigned
here twice in the past week and
plans to travel across the state
tomorrow and Friday, although he
sees his campaign slipping in
Michigan as Kerry racks up
endorsements and support.
"We don't have a chance of (win-
ning Michigan), but we hope to pick
up some delegates," Dean said last
night during an interview on
MSNBC.
He added that he may have a chance
of winning Washington state, which
also holds its Democratic presidential
contest Saturday.
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark won
Oklahoma in a tight battle with
Kerry and Edwards last night, and
some political observers said he had
to win there to have any chance of
competing in Saturday's contests.
"It's a marathon, not a sprint.
We're still waiting to see what the
polls are in other states like New
Mexico," said Jonathan Beeton,
Clark's Michigan spokesman. Clark
plans to come to Michigan tomor-
row and is expected to campaign
here through Friday morning.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of
Ohio got only marginal support in
yesterday's contests but plans to
campaign in Michigan on Friday and
Saturday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton has not
announced his Michigan campaign
plans.

REPUBLICANS
Continued from Page 1
primary season because we see five candidates
who each have one strong issue but who will not
be able to defeat President Bush on their own,"
MacGuidwin, an LSA senior, said.
He added that because most American voters are
concerned about homeland security and the war on
terrorism, they plan to examine the candidates'
positions on those issues.
Both MacGuidwin and Laura Davis, secretary of
the College Republicans, said Bush has an edge over
the Democratic candidates on these issues because of
his experiences as president.
"Bush's record as president speaks to his quali-
fications as candidate," said Davis, an LSA soph-
omore.
Although the media has focused much of its
attention on the Democratic presidential primar-
ies and caucuses, the Republican Party has also
held primaries in states like Iowa and New
Hampshire.

But because Bush does not face any serious
challengers from within his party, the Republican
primaries have not been publicized, MacGuidwin
said.
While the Democratic candidates compete for
the nomination, Bush sent influential Republican
Party members like former New York City Mayor
Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona
to last week's New Hampshire Democratic pri-
maries.
Foley said he expects that more high-profile
Republican politicians will begin campaigning for
Bush soon.
"Even though there is not an official Democrat
opponent as of yet, it is never too early to start cam-
paigning," he said.
But Foley added that he expects Bush will not
begin his widespread campaigning until a Democ-
ratic presidential opponent is chosen.
The College Republicans and Students for Bush
started their campus campaign with a kickoff
event the day of the Michigan-Ohio State football
game.

This Saturday, members of the College Repub-
licans will help the Washtenaw County Republi-
can Party run a phone bank in the area, as part of
the Michigan GOP's Super Saturday program to
register voters.
Other students say that the significant point of the
November election is not which candidate wins, but
which policies prevail.
"It doesn't matter whether a Democrat or a Repub-
lican becomes president. LSA sophomore
JonathaBoguth said.
The important thing is that big government is
going to win over smaller government with either
party,"
He said that as a Libertarian, he used to favor
Bush for re-election. His views have changed as
Bush began to increase spending on federal
departments such as the Department of Homeland
Security and the Department of Commerce, and
now said he is undecided.
Boguth added that these policies are a "radical
departure" from the old platform of the Republi-
can Party.

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