Last minute campaigning for Democrats

February 5, 2008 4:07:59 PM PST
The Super Tuesday campaigning is coming to a close in the 24 states assigning delegates Tuesday.

New Yorkers will be at the polls in less than four hours. In the Bay Area: we have until 8:00 a.m.

Supporters for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama held events in the Bay Area, but neither candidate was in California.

This was their last night of campaigning before Super Tuesday.

Senator Hillary Clinton sent her most well known campaigner to San Francisco on Monday. But former President Bill Clinton was more of a silent partner, as Senator Clinton held a nationwide town hall meeting broadcast on the Hallmark Channel and her campaign Web site.

She took questions from people from every Super Tuesday state.

"As the president said I'm a Vietnam veteran and I'm proud to have served my country," said Jack Harris.

Jack Harris asked the only question from the San Francisco crowd and wanted to know about her commitment to veteran care.

"I have been an advocate for mandatory full funding for the Veteran's administration," said Hillary Clinton.

Senator Clinton's final message to the people watching the town hall meeting on Monday night was get out and vote during the Super Tuesday primaries. But it may be the people who already voted that will be the biggest boost for the Clinton campaign.

Several million voters in California have already voted with their absentee ballot.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom believes those ballots will favor Senator Clinton.

"Regardless of what today's snapshot polls look like and the week before they looked very differently at a time when a lot of those Clinton supporters and voters were already at the polls that is they were at their living room, or on their sofa and they sent those ballots in," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Barack Obama's campaign has brought out the Grateful Dead. The legendary band held a concert in support of the Senator's presidential campaign.

"We all knew that Obama was the guy for us," said musician Phil Lesh.

Actor Robert De Niro showed his support in New Jersey, bringing the crowd to its feet, and setting the stage for an impassioned speech by Obama.

"I decided to run because of what Dr. Martin Luther King called the fierce urgency of now," said Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

And now has arrived for the Democratic candidates, as voters hit the polls in just a few hours.

California is not a winner-take all primary for the Democrats. So if the race is close, as several polls indicate, the loser of the primary will still get a large number of delegates.