...And 5 in Oregon

Politico : State seems 'tailor-made' for Obama
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 12:36 PM CDT
...And 5 in Oregon
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves to supporters at Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore., Sunday, May 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Oregon voters' sympathy for "the cool, cerebral type" bodes well for Obama in today's primary, according to the folks at Politico, who bring us five things to watch for in the Beaver State:

  1. How quick will it be called?—Oregon is three hours behind the eastern seaboard, but the mail-in votes can be quickly counted electronically.

  1. The strongholds—If Barack does well in Portland and the surrounding county, he can widen his margin. Hillary needs to perform in more rural southern and eastern Oregon, where Bill's been stumping.
  2. Marion County—Salem and environs have predicted the statewide margin in the last two incumbent-less primaries; Hillary would need a double digit win here to pull off an upset
  3. Demographics—Obama has the potential to eat into traditional Clinton blocs, like women and blue-collar voters.
  4. Turnout—It could be the highest since Kennedy v. McCarthy in '68.
(Read more Oregon primary stories.)

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