After a bitter, gutter-ball, shot-and-a-beer campaign, the registered Democrats of Pennsylvania get the last word today. Will it be the last word in the Clinton campaign — will the Senator choose to go out if she is only a marginal winner? Nah.
But here’s what to look for: gastronomy. In the Cheese Steak Belt of Philadelphia, the large African American population and all those college kids will vote for Senator Obama. Moving west, you hit the Allegany Venison Locker Belt, which is largely Republican, but any residual Democrats should go for Senator “Annie Oakley” Clinton. In the western IC (Iron City Beer) Area, otherwise known as Pittsburgh, any Dems will go for Clinton.
Philadelphia is three times the size of Pittsburgh, so Senator Obama has an edge there, but his recent soundbite about bitterness and religion may be an issue state-wide. “Super-delegates” actually hold the key to the nomination, though, due to an undemocratic Democratic Party rule. So why hold this expensive, grueling campaign? Three reasons:
1. Entertainment value
2. Advertising buys for Pennsylvania media
3. Election betting
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