Precincts with ties in primary key in presidential race

June 27, 2008 8:54:28 PM PDT
In the 1950s, Sen. Hillary Clinton lived in northwest suburban Park Ridge, where a street corner bears the Rodham family name.The voters in Precinct 112 gave Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama the same number of votes - 56 each - in the Illinois primary.

"I've lived in this town for years and would have liked to have them here rather than in Unity," said Fran Schowalter, Park Ridge voter, of the first Clinton-Obama joint appearance in Unity, H.H., Friday.

But there's a cachet problem, according to one of Obama's closest friends and political allies.

"If there is a cool town named Friendship or Love and Compassion? you know, journalists want to add something to make the story more enticing," said State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Obama supporter.

Come to think about it, Clinton might've rejected Precinct 112 because she only tied Obama in her home town, and in fact, she actually lost to him in all of Park Ridge.

"I think in Park Ridge, you will find people either love Hillary or they hate her," said Mayor Howard Frimark, Park Ridge.

"I assume they'll be coming here quite a bit between now and November, so we'll have another chance," said David Orr, (D) Cook County Clerk.

There were actually ten precincts in the Chicago area where Obama and Clinton got exactly the same number of votes in February, including Berwyn, Palos Park, Antioch, Joliet, Aurora and Oak Brook Terrace.


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