Connecting The Dots

4 09 2007

Check out this article from Detroit News three weeks ago:

Former Tennessee Sen. and TV star Fred Thompson would lead the GOP pack and former Vice President Al Gore would top the Democratic slate should they decide to run, according to a statewide survey of 400 likely Republican and 400 likely Democratic primary voters in Michigan conducted last Wednesday through Monday by EPIC/MRA of Lansing.

Now, if you were Michigan, and wanted to see Gore off to a good start, you might try this: (CNN)

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation moving her state’s 2008 presidential primary to January 15, temporarily placing it ahead of New Hampshire in the heavily front-loaded nominating calendar. The law went into effect Tuesday morning.

“While political maneuvering will no doubt continue, our move to January 15th is final,” Granholm, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The former first primary was New Hampshire. Now they have been leapfrogged. Should Gore be pleased? Absolutely. because of this– from Wapo:

If Mr. Gore got into the 2008 presidential nomination contest, he would edge out Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire 32 percent to 26 percent and defeat the rest of the Democratic contenders, says a 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll of likely voters.

“Gore is the only Democrat, including Hillary, who can instantly melt the field,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, which conducted the survey.

Should Gore win the first two primaries, he would smoothly sail to the nomination.

UPDATE:   Draft Gore Petition Nets More Than 1000 NH Voters

(Littleton, New Hampshire) – More than 1000 New Hampshire voters have signed a petition asking former Vice President Al Gore to enter the New Hampshire primary.

The draft Gore petition drive is being conducted this summer by volunteers from Draft Gore New Hampshire, a non-partisan, statewide grassroots organization based in Littleton.

“The results of our petition drive indicate that there is a strong undercurrent of support for Al Gore in New Hampshire which is not reflected accurately in polls or in the opinions of visiting out-of-state media pundits,” according to Farrell Seiler, statewide coordinator of the organization.

(…)

  These volunteers are identifying Gore supporters, databasing voter lists, setting up telephone banks-preparing to turn out thousands of Gore supporters on Primary Day.

When Al Gore officially announces, says Seiler, “We’ll roll.”

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