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May 28, 2008 9:16 AM

A legacy vote for Hillary

Posted by David Postman

The Weekly has a profile of 17-year-old Jack Laurence who is trying to become a Hillary Clinton delegate to this summer’s Democratic National Convention. Laurence, writes Jesse Froehling, could be the youngest-ever delegate, and would be renewing a political bloodline.

Jack has the intrinsic makeup of a born politician. For one, his grandfather is … Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson. Although the legendary Democratic senator died before he was born, Jack says he's been deeply inspired by the man. In fifth grade, Jack wrote a research paper about his grandfather that hooked him on politics forever.

While unwavering in his support of Clinton, Jack is politically astute enough to know that if Hillary doesn't pull out a win—and it's looking pretty grim at this point—he'll support Obama. But he hasn't yet resigned himself to that reality. "I'm optimistic that she still has a chance," he says.

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