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  •  Not so much an upset (0+ / 0-)

    as a recognition by NH citizens, who aren't really all that stupid!  Carol's campaign was truly viral--a textbook case where everything actually went according to Dean's "People Power" theory.  In my case, a DFA person I didn't know recommended her. I donated money (not much, just $50) just on a vague sense she was different. I met Carol at a Dem Labor Day picnic and said to my companions in hearing of her opponent (total accident, as at that point I didn't know him)"she's the one."  (Simply put, she's real, she's smart, she's savvy, she's dedicated, she cares.)

    I worked on the fringes of the Manchester campaign, best achievement being showing up at Manchester's most conservative ward on primary day and standing all day with her sign.  I left the ward convinced that we had a total of two votes based on voter reaction. We got a quarter of the vote in that ward, and won the primary. I worked a little bit harder in the next round, but nothing like I'd done for Dean or America Coming Together. I guess I was afraid to hope.

    I thought we had won around 3 pm today, standing out at that same ward, when the Concord Monitor reporter doing an informal exit poll told me that the results were tied.  I KNEW we had won at 7:20 pm when I came in from picking up campaign signs and found we had won ultra conservative Ward One.  For the rest of the evening I never had a single doubt.

    Anyway, you heard this here first. A close friend of Carol's was sign holding with me in the afternoon. I asked about how Carol could be brave enough to do this and lose all her privacy.  We discussed this a bit, and then I blurted out, "But what about when she's running for President?"

    If you knew Carol, you would find this question perfectly normal!  

    I believe that every time you hear a newborn whale that you hear God.

    by mlheslin on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 11:05:49 PM PST

    •  Sad Admission (0+ / 0-)

      I live on the North Side of Manchester, ie the Most conservative ward, if you were there early (at 7:00 am) I saw you! It's funny I was behind two people who I would by apperance think were republicans talking about how they wish they were voting out Bush! Which is a great commentary on not judging a book by it's cover.

      Manchester started the day with a 17-17 split for the State House. We now have a 29-6 House split (which is more in line with out 12-2 City Alderman makeup) so those two votes you thought you saw were more likely 2,000! Carol finaly broke the Sea Coast/Manchester Divide Bravo!

      -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power"

      by dopper0189 on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 11:51:40 PM PST

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