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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Which candidate will Superbowl victory parade hurt?

Coordinating Super Tuesday voting in Massachusetts next week will turn into a real headache should the New England Patriots win the Superbowl. The Globe reports that secretary of state Galvin is concerned about voter access to major polling places at City Hall, the State House, and Copley Square — locations that have been swarmed with tens of thousands of fans during earlier victory Duckboat parades. (One million fans — give or take several hundred thousand — attended the last Patriots parade.) A parade will undoubtedly depress voter turnout in Boston by clogging the streets, but I suspect a lot of Patriots fans from outside Boston will be deciding to spend the day at the parade rather than vote.

So my question is: Which candidate will this hurt more?

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 29 January 2008 at 8:15 AM

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4 comments:

Hank:

January 30, 2008 02:42 PM | Permalink for this comment

Obama for MVP!

Stentor:

January 30, 2008 03:13 PM | Permalink for this comment

I imagine it will hurt whichever candidate has the last-minute momentum, which in turn depends on what stories capture the headlines over the weekend and Monday. The late deciders are the ones most likely to decide not to vote at all. If the momentum is with Clinton, she'll still win, since she's got a sizeable lead in the polls. If the late momentum is with Obama, a serious Patriots-related impact could be the difference between winning and losing.

alex:

February 1, 2008 06:32 PM | Permalink for this comment

I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the media’s lack of questions to the presidential candidates about global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be a bigger issue.

Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( http://www.liveearth.org/news.php ) asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw an article describing each candidate’s stance on global warming and climate change on earthlab.com http://www.earthlab.com/articles/PresidentialCandidates.aspx . So obviously they care about it. Is it the Medias fault for not asking the right questions or is it the candidates’ fault for not highlighting the right platforms? Does anyone know of other websites or articles that touch on this subject and candidates’ views? This is the biggest problem of the century and for generations to come…you would think the next president of the United States would be more vocal about it.

Philocrites:

February 4, 2008 03:47 PM | Permalink for this comment

Now that a victory parade will take place in New York on Super Tuesday rather than in Boston (alas), people are speculating which candidate will feel the impact from folks who choose to go the parade instead. Matthew Yglesias thinks that's bad news for Obama, whose supporters are more likely to be male (and, I'd add, living near NYC, where Obama's support seems strongest).



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