Evacuees Get Voice in Presidential Primary


by Sam Winston

The Washington Post profiles Katrina Evacuees and their influence on the upcoming Texas Primary.

No one knows how many evacuees have registered to vote in Texas or how many will show up at the state's odd mix of primary and caucuses next week, but in interviews across this sprawling city almost everyone indicated an enormous desire to participate -- adding an unknown and potentially pivotal element in a race that polls show is deadlocked between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).

Overwhelmingly African American, the evacuees are likely to bolster Obama's already strong support among blacks, who by some estimates could make up as much as 30 percent of the Democratic primary turnout in Texas, which is expected to top 1.5 million. In some urban precincts, evacuees could account for 5 to 10 percent of voters.

Also quoted in the story is "Carnival Time" Al Johnson (now living in Houston). He's been leaving a Hillary Song on the campaign's answering machine in hopes of making it their new theme song.

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