Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This Democrat may actually beat Obama in primary

Poll shows tight race, could be 'politically cataclysmic'

Who’s afraid of the big, bad Wolfe?

Possibly President Obama, who could lose the upcoming Arkansas Democratic primary to a relatively unknown attorney named John Wolfe Jr.

In the latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll, conducted May 10, an astonishing 38 percent of Democratic primary voters say they’re casting ballots for Wolfe, while less than half, a mere 45 percent, are planning on voting for Obama. Seventeen percent were undecided.

Dr. Jay Barth, the pollcrafter with the Hendrix College Department of Politics and International Relations, said the May 22 Arkansas primary “may produce a somewhat embarrassing result for the president.”

In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Wolfe called the poll results “unbelievable” and said a defeat for Obama in the state that produced President Bill Clinton would be “politically cataclysmic.”

“It says the momentum is good,” Wolfe said. “This is democracy in action.”

He predicted Democrats would move his way in the final days before the May 22 primary, despite his tiny campaign budget.

“There’s not been a single TV ad. There’s not been a single radio ad,” he told the Standard.

Wolfe, who actually lives in Tennessee, is also competing against Obama in Texas May 29 primary.

He’s been critical of the president for being too close to Wall Street and its interests, and he’s looking to repeal Obamacare, claiming it does not lower health-care costs despite Obama’s assertions to the contrary.

“I don’t think it’s right in principle to force people to buy from monopolies,” Wolfe told the Standard. “The thing about Obamacare is it’s the best thing for the stock prices of insurance companies.”

Last week, federal inmate and Democratic presidential candidate Keith Judd collected a whopping 42 percent of the West Virginia primary vote against Obama.

Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen poll shows Obama trailing likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney in North Carolina – home of the upcoming Democratic Convention – by eight percentage points.

Radio giant Rush Limbaugh today said that’s encouraging news for Republicans: “I’m telling you that Obama is in deep trouble. The Democrat Party is in deep trouble here.”

“This is not at all where they thought they would be,” he added. “The problems that they have are not at all the problems they thought they were going to have. They really believed that they could re-create this whole Messianic-type mindset that people had for Obama from 2008. They really thought they could simply tie Romney to Bush and send people running back to Obama in droves.”

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