Super Tuesday II In Southern Colorado

In southern Colorado, Tuesday, March 04, is like a regular Tuesday four weeks after the February 5 "Super Tuesday" turned it into a primary frenzy. Local leaders say campaign 2008 is still on a lot of minds.

March 4 is a "Super Tuesday" in the race for the White House, but it doesn't show in Colorado Springs. Candidate signs are scarce along roads in the area. The local Obama campaign office is empty. There is a note on the door saying everyone left to follow the trail to texas.

"They sort of deserted us, so you have much less activity," said El Paso County Democrat Chairman John Morris.

The race still has people talking.

"I think people have a high expectation to see if this will be a decisive day, or not," he said.

"I think we're certainly paying attention to it, the friends I have who I talk to. We talk about it a lot," agreed Shawn Perry.

Republicans are watching even though the drama is largely following their opponents. Perry will go to her first Republican county assembly as a delegate this week, fairly sure John McCain will represent the Republican side of things against a well known Hillary, or a surging Obama.

"I think if Obama wins the nomination, republicans absolutely have to come together on the issues if we're to see a Republican in the White House," she said.

Although dimmed in Colorado, the spotlight could return if there's still a fight for the nomination by the time Democratic convention rolls to Denver in August.

"The Super Delegates: there's going to be a lot of expectations that they need to make commitments once it seems clear which way it's going," Morris said.

Morris doesn't think the Democratic nomination contest will last that long, and instead believes the next challenge is keeping the early fires of excitement among all voters burning until November.

Democrats have already had their county assembly affirming the February 5 caucus results. El Paso County Republicans hold their assembly on Saturday.


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