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Friday, March 12, 2004

More from the Obama File 

From Today's Hotline. Sorry the poll is so hard to read.
IL SEN Dem Primary Matchup
All Men Wom Wht Blk 3/1-3 Fav/Unfav
Obama 36% 33% 39% 26% 58% 22% 46%/ 15%
Hynes 21 24 18 30 2 20 43 / 12
Pappas 15 11 19 12 16 14 29 / 10
Hull 14 19 9 19 3 15 33 / 25
Chico 5 5 5 5 5 5 16 / 7
Skinner 1 1 1 2 - 1 11 / 7
Washington - - - - - - 9 / 5
Undec. 8 7 9 6 16 23

Simply Undefinable
Washington Post's Meyerson writes Obama "all but defies categorization" and would "certainly mark a radical departure for the stodgy Senate." If elected, he would be the Senate's "sole" black member and "just the third" since Reconstruction. But that "scarcely begins to describe the distinctiveness of Obama." His father was Kenyan, his mother "a white girl from Kansas." In the IL Sen., he developed a reputation as an "impassioned progressive who was able to get support on both sides of the aisle." Obama is the "progressives' darling" in the IL SEN race, getting "enthusiastic support from white Lake Shore liberals as well as the African-American community." He's won the endorsements of "virtually" all of IL"s major papers, many of which "note their disagreement with him" on the Iraq war but "hail him as a brilliant public servant." If elected, Obama "would also be the most distinctly American" of the Senate's members (3/12).
Ezra has discovered Obama. Hopefully that will drum up a little interest.
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