Election 2008

Week in Politics: Primary Jostling, Trouble for Obama

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The upheaval in the primary schedules, with several states moving their primaries up and New Hampshire not yet scheduling its primary election, really is a nightmare for the campaign strategists.

Early on, one member of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign suggested skipping the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries and focusing on the Feb. 5 multi-state elections. Eventually, the campaign decided it could not pass on the potential momentum a win in Iowa or New Hampshire can provide.

Also, Barack Obama asked gospel singer Donnie McClurkin to join him while campaigning in South Carolina. The Democratic senator is trying to improve his support among black voters, who make up more than 50 percent of the state's Democratic voters. However, anti-gay comments made by McClurkin is causing problems for Obama's campaign.

Obama doesn't need to find himself in such a squeeze as Clinton, his main rival for the Democratic nomination, continues to pull ahead in the polls.

Juan Williams talks with Alex Chadwick about the week in politics.



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