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February 12, 2008 1:31 PM

Clinton supporters want primary win, even with no delegates

Posted by David Postman

Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid are launching an effort to get their candidate to win next week’s Washington state Democratic primary election. No Democratic delegates are at stake because the state party officially ignores the primary in favor of the caucus.

But some of her backers hope a strong showing Tuesday will diffuse the bad caucus performance. Eli Sanders asked Linda Mitchell, president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and Clinton’s Seattle-area coordinator, if she was hearing such talk. She told Sanders:

Am I hearing it? I’m feeding it. As the president of the Women’s Political Caucus, and as a supporter of Hillary Clinton, I think that the caucuses are not very representative of the voting public and I’m hoping that the primary does show greater support for Hillary Clinton.

The campaign has officially distanced itself from the effort, according to Politico. But that doesn’t mean the campaign isn’t helping. Jim Kainber, who headed Clinton’s caucus campaign in Washington, told me there is no campaign money to help. But the campaign will use its lists of volunteers and activists to help turnout voters for Tuesday. He told me:

I would characterize it as an opportunity to keep our volunteers plugged in. Anything that keeps our folks engaged and moving forward and still excited about Senator Clinton is something we want to see.

But would a win Tuesday mean anything?

It would be psychologically nice. We would certainly welcome it. It’d be a blip on the national news.

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