Indiana primary approaches

Indiana's day in the presidential political sun is about to arrive.

Monday marks the eve of the primary election that put the Hoosier state in the national limelight for weeks.

Tuesday is the day that the voters, not the candidates, will speak.

For any Hoosiers who may have still been on the fence, the Clinton camp brought the big guns to its South Bend campaign headquarters.

Monday, Juanita Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio worked the phone bank. The Clinton camp hasn’t been beat since she joined.

“We’re on a roll cause first of all she won Ohio, went to Pennsylvania now we're here in Indiana,” said Wilson. “We hope the winning streak keeps going on.”

Meantime, one of Senator Obama’s supporters took to the streets of South Bend wearing a mascot type eagle costume.

He held Obama campaign signs, and urged supporters to honk.

“It was a seven vote victory in Guam the other day,” said Obama supporter and former U.S. Congressman Tim Roemer (D). “I’ll take a six vote victory in Indiana.”

Roemer feels that if Senator Obama wins Indiana on Tuesday, “It’s done, it’s over.”

Roemer points out that “after tomorrow, there will be more super delegates left to decide this, than pledged delegates. That means the people have mostly decided this for Barack Obama."

Roemer insists that, win or lose in Indiana, the Obama camp is unstoppable. “I think the math and the map both point very strongly to Senator Obama either getting the nomination tomorrow, or getting it in two months.”

Monday marked the deadline for voting absentee. Those who arrived at South Bend’s County City Building before the noon cutoff encountered long lines. “I tried to beat the rush, come down and vote early,” said Curtis Bethel, Jr. “I was here about 45 minutes.”

At approximately 11 a.m. today, there were about 50 people standing in line, waiting to vote.

“We expected that if we came early, that we would be out sooner,” said Tawanda Hill. “But much to our surprise there was a lot of people thinking the same thing.”

According to the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office, about 8,900 people cast absentee ballots in this year’s primary election. That’s four times the number who voted absentee in the last presidential primary in 2004.


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