While the next Democratic primary will take place this Saturday in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton has set her crosshairs on California, New York, New Jersey, and Arkansas. She has targeted these four delegate-rich states ever since her loss back in Iowa early in the month.
She is betting that she can take the states where her recognition and popularity are strong. The logic behind the move looks simple enough. Hillary Clinton represents the state of New York in the United States Senate. New Jersey is right next to New York. For about a decade, Hillary Clinton was the first lady of Arkansas for a decade. In regards to California, that state will be the biggest prize.
However, Clinton supporters fear that this setup by Hillary could boost rival US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama if he does well in the more populated areas of key states.
Clinton’s strategists call this a game of chess which is part of the path to becoming the Democratic nominee. This campaign has produced two strong frontrunners and a determined third candidate.
This approach will be demanding for Hillary Clinton. She made a one-day cross-country round trip to visit a vital district which is heavily Hispanic. Clinton hopes to be able to win California on Super Tuesday.
Recently, Hillary won the endorsement of the United Farm Workers. The union was founded by Cesar Chavez.
“When I talk about what I want to do as your president, it is about you and your families, your jobs, your futures,” Hillary said to a crowd of cheering supporters which included many farmworkers.
Strategists believe that Obama will fare better in African-American populated districts while Clinton will do better in Latino populated districts.
Obama has his crosshairs on voter groups that he believes gives him an advantage over Clinton. So far, Clinton’s campaign is on thin ice with the black community over its criticisms about Obama.
However, Clinton’s strategists have done the mathematical equation. They have to target California, New York, New Jersey, and Arkansas.