I was gonna link to this article, which I found interesting enough, and then I realized my brother Patrick wrote it. But that’s okay, I’ll still post it. For the Austinist, Patrick reports on the progress of Barack Obama’s campaign in the Lone Star State. And, specifically, in Austin. The state primary takes place on March 4, so you may see some “I Voted” stickers come SXSW. From Patrick Findlay Dentler’s article:
A source inside Barack Obama’s Campaign has told Austinist that the headquarters for his Texas campaign will in fact be located here in Austin, but no word on the location. As we speak, loads of supporters, staff, volunteers and media are flooding into Texas from the 22 states that held their contests this past Tuesday. The Texas primary will be held on Tuesday, March 4.
We are told that the HQ is one of six offices the Obama campaign is opening across the Lone Star State. No word yet on Hillary Clinton’s campaign office locations in Texas, although it is expected she will spend more time campaigning in the other delegate-rich state that also hits the polls on March 4, Ohio. Vermont and Rhode Island also share the date.
After eight years of having Texas be a no-contest state for all presidential hopefuls, this election year it could play kingmaker for one of the two Democratic candidates. The Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4 have already been dubbed Super Tuesday Two by many news outlets. Between the two states, close to 400 delegates are at stake. Texas with 126 and Ohio with 140 (not counting superdelegates). Austin accounts for 8 of the total Texas delegates.
This all reminds me that it was almost a year ago precisely, when I awkwardly ran into Barack Obama at the Austin airport.