Thursday, June 12

OUTLYING PRECINCTS

At the Massachusetts Democratic convention, Progressive Democrats of America candidate Ed O'Reilly successfully challenged Sen. John Kerry by attaining twenty-two percent of the delegate votes, surpassing the threshold necessary to have his name placed on the ballot. This is the first time since 1984 that Kerry has faced a primary challenge.

In a CNN poll, 60 percent of Clinton supporters said they would vote for Obama, but 17 percent said they would vote for McCain and 22 percent, said they would not vote at all if Clinton were not the nominee. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 7.5 percentage points. The poll was conducted after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. CNN

The Working Families Party has been gathering strength in . . . the 52nd Assembly district, [which] includes Bay Ridge and Brooklyn Heights. In 2006, it polled 22.6% of the vote for Assembly in that district, almost triple what the Republican nominee polled. In 2004 it had also out-polled the Republicans, even though the WFP share of the vote had only been 11.5%. In 2002 there had been no Republican nominee in the race, and the WFP had polled 15.3%. In each of these elections, the Working Families Party cross-endorsed the Democratic nominee, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman. Generally when a minor party in New York is the kind of party that mostly doesn’t run its own nominees, and cross-endorses major party nominees, it gets between 3% and 5% of the vote in such races. Ballot Access News

Survey USA conducted general election polls in a number of different battleground states using different president-vice president combinations, and found that when the Democratic nominee is paired with the former Senator for North Carolina, the result is an incredibly popular team. . . The results give Obama/Edwards double-digit leads in states like New York, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and California. That could mean a landslide for Democrats in November, especially considering the competitive nature of national contests in Pennsylvania and Ohio in recent years. . . And typically red states like Nebraska would also go to the Democrats in a squeaker. . . Despite the potential success of a ticket that uses his name, Edwards has maintained that he's not interested in running for vice president a second time, including a recent reiteration of that sentiment this week. Eyes on Obama

A former software sales manager for Election Systems & Software, the largest voting machine company in the country, has been named county elections administrator for Fort Bend County in Texas.According to a local news report, John Oldham had been regional sales manager, account manager and Illinois state manager for ES&S, which is based in Nebraska. More recently he had been an independent contractor for both ES&S and various election jurisdictions. The county does not currently use ES&S machines. Instead it uses touch-screen DRE machines made by Hart InterCivic, a Texas company. Oldham is replacing the previous elections director, J.R. Perez, who abruptly resigned in March after clashing with county commissioners over the Hart InterCivic machines. According to the news report, Perez had wanted to get rid of the $4 million Hart machines in favor of machines that would produce a paper trail. Wired