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Primary season voting might begin in less than 5 months.

Iowa and New Hampshire might move their scheduled voting to early December. This is not a farfetched possibility.

Whatever happens to the primary schedule, as of today, the Iowa caucuses are scheduled to begin in less than 6 months, on January 14, 2008. There will also be a lot of early voting because states such as California allow easy absentee balloting. What do the polls say today, 5 or 6 months away from actual voting?

We do not usually discuss the Ripublican race but today the Associated Press released a poll which discusses the Democratic and Ripublican races for president:

And the leading Republican presidential candidate is … none of the above.

The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to back top-tier hopefuls Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain or Mitt Romney, and no one candidate has emerged as the clear front-runner among Christian evangelicals. Such dissatisfaction underscores the volatility of the 2008 GOP nomination fight.

In sharp contrast, the Democratic race remains static, with Hillary Rodham Clinton holding a sizable lead over Barack Obama. The New York senator, who is white, also outpaces her Illinois counterpart, who is black, among black and Hispanic Democrats, according to a combined sample of two months of polls.

Levels of support are Clinton 36%, Obama 20%, Edwards 11% according to AP. Readers of this website will not be surprised by these findings. Perhaps a wry smile will cross our faces.

While the Associated Press was conducting a scientific survey, the Star-Gazette was amassing anecdotal evidence of Hillary’s popularity.

Many young people came out Monday to meet the woman who could make history as the first female president of the United States.

The youths were among the hundreds of people who gathered at the Big Flats Community Center to hear U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton talk about the importance of supporting local agriculture.

Clinton’s presence attracted many teenagers and young adults, including some who say they’ll back her in 2008.

“I like to help support what (Clinton) does,” said Joe McCormick, 15, of Elmira Heights, who was sporting a “Vote For Hillary” T-shirt that she later signed. “Since I won’t be old enough to vote (in the 2008 Presidential election) I try to raise awareness and do what I can.”

The country’s future is safe with these wise ones.

Clinton’s appearance was an excellent opportunity for first-time voters to view politics closely.

“Some teens are so oblivious (to public affairs),” said Clinton supporter Matt Morrisey, 18, of Elmira. “We need to learn more, and I thought this would be a great experience.”

“We’re the next generation of voters,” Massa said. “(Teens) need to know what issues are out there.”

“Eventually (teens) have the choice to vote,” McCormick said. “If they want the best life for themselves, they need to know the issues and (be able to) make the best choices.”

Corey Bailey, will remember Hillary’s decades of good works, and decades of experience in fighting for all of us, when voting time comes next year. We will be right there with you Corey.

Corey Bailey, 18, of Elmira, who will be a first-time voter this fall, said he is a “big supporter” of Clinton. “When I was in fourth grade, I met her at Bradley Farms (in Southport), and was surprised at how friendly and polite she was to such a young kid,” Bailey said. “I’ve never forgotten that moment. She made a great impact (on me) and I will always support her.”

Some of the young people said they were impressed by Clinton’s willingness to take time with people. She leisurely walked through the Big Flats Farmers Market, which was under way outside the community center during her appearance. She frequently stopped to pose for photographs, sign autographs and answer questions.

She just seems like an overall good person,” McCormick said.

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