by Jerome Armstrong, Sun Mar 23, 2008 at 04:41:39 PM EDT
The South Dakota primary is on June 3rd, and there's been some news on the primary. First, we get a poll next week:
Steve Jarding, who is managing Sen. Tim Johnson's re-election campaign, thinks Obama turned out a good speech this week, but Jarding isn't sure it was enough. Some Democrats are concerned about how Wright's taped rantings will affect the race.
"You do hear that," Jarding said. "I talk to a lot of Democrats every day. It's on people's minds."
Sen. Hillary Clinton had a good shot at winning the South Dakota primary before, Jarding said, and now her chances have improved.
"This might be one where she could surprise people."
Johnson, one of the state's Democratic super-delegates, supports Obama. But Johnson will vote for Clinton at the national convention if Clinton wins the June 3 primary in South Dakota, Jarding said.
SD Democrats met yesterday, and considered whether to open the primary to Independents, but it was decided to wait, and not institute that change for this primary.