the requested numbers on the MoveOn Vote

From: Adrienne Kandel <adrienne_at_dcn_dot_org>
Date: Mon Feb 04 2008 - 22:15:53 CST

Per Danny's request, here's the message MoveOn sent to members Feb 1,
with vote tallies.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: MoveOn Members Endorse Obama
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2008 10:47:23 -0800
From: Eli Pariser, Political Action
To: Adrienne Kandel <>

MoveOn members voted to endorse Barack Obama.

By volunteering these next four days before "Super Tuesday" we can help
elect a progressive president for the next four years. Can you volunteer
to help Obama win?

Volunteer today!

Vote results
Obama: 197,444
Clinton: 83,084

Dear MoveOn member,

With hundreds of thousands of ballots cast across the country, for the
first time in MoveOn's history, we've voted together to endorse a
presidential candidate in the primary. That candidate is Barack Obama.

Something big is clearly happening. A few weeks ago, MoveOn members we
surveyed were split. But with John Edwards bowing out, progressives are
coming together. Obama won over 70% of the vote yesterday, and he's
moving up in polls nationwide.^1 As comments poured in from MoveOn
members across the country, the sense of hope was inspiring. Here's how
Christine Y. in New Jersey put it:

"I've never felt so strongly about any one candidate in my entire life.
He's truly an inspiration to all of us---especially the younger
generation. I will stand by him 100% for as long as he's willing to
stand up and fight for this country!"

What does MoveOn's endorsement mean? People-power. Together, we are 3.2
million Americans who care about our country and want change. Half of us
live in states with primaries or caucuses this coming "Super Tuesday."

We know how to roll up our sleeves and win elections, and if we all
pitch in together between now and Tuesday, we can help Sen. Obama win
the biggest primary day in American history. Think about it:
volunteering during the next four days could mean four years of a
progressive president. Can you sign up right now to volunteer for
Obama's campaign? Click here:

There are lots of ways to help. You can call voters from home, go
door-to-door with others in your community, travel to "Super Tuesday"
states, donate, put up a yard sign, volunteer in a campaign office, or
join a local meetup. Senator Obama is running a grassroots campaign, and
there's a role for everyone.

Many of us feel like change is within reach for the first time in years.
Here's some more of what MoveOn members see in Obama:

"This country needs real, progressive transformation. Barack Obama is
the candidate who gives us the best hope of uniting and inspiring the
nation to move in that direction, while also restoring America's dignity
and standing as a member of the global community."---James M., Connecticut

"While I'm impressed with Clinton and believe she would make a very good
president, I'm actually MOVED by Obama. In the end, I believe if Obama
is elected he has the potential to bring the country together behind
him."---Patricia S., Wisconsin

"He was right on the biggest question of the era---opposing the war from
the start."---Jacob S., Washington, D.C.

"I support Barack Obama for the same reasons I support the
more people are inspired to get involved, the better the outcome for our
country. Senator Obama has demonstrated a unique capacity to inspire
participation and to make public service 'cool' again. He is also sound
on all the issues that matter to me and my family."---Liz B., New York

"I live in a red state, and I see my conservative neighbors and friends
showing a positive interest in Barack. They like him. They are ready to
be swayed. And I see my Democratic friends and family members getting
excited like never before...With Barack as our candidate, I am convinced
that we can win in a landslide in 2008 and usher in a new era of
progressive politics."---Desirina B., Georgia

To be clear, we won't always agree with all of Obama's positions. And
MoveOn members said overwhelmingly that, regardless of who wins the
Democratic nomination, we'll work hard to win the White House in 2008.
Whatever happens in the primary, we'll push the Democratic nominee to
campaign progressively and then we'll push them to fulfill their
promises after they win.

The building of a progressive consensus around Senator Obama is
tangible. Earlier this week, John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy
said Obama is the first presidential candidate to be as inspirational as
her father.^2 Yesterday, progressive magazine The Nation said that
electing Obama is "a chance we can't pass up."^3 And then,
the most widely read progressive blog, announced Obama won 76% in a
reader poll this week.^4

It's time to get to work electing a president who is inspiring a nation
and is talking about big, progressive change. Click here to volunteer in
these next crucial days:

This is just the beginning of a long road to victory in November. Thanks
for all you do, and will do to change our country for the better in 2008.

--Eli, Wes, Joan, Justin, Adam G., Adam R., Ilyse, Karin, Nita, Noah,
Marika, Laura, Peter, Anna, Matt, Daniel, Carrie, Tanya, and the Political Action Team
Friday, February 1st, 2008

P.S. As we were about to click "send" we received the following response
from Senator Obama. We wanted to share it with you: "In just a few
years, the members of MoveOn have once again demonstrated that real
change comes not from the top-down, but from the bottom-up. From their
principled opposition to the Iraq war---a war I also opposed from the
start---to their strong support for a number of progressive causes,
MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come together in a
grassroots movement for change. I thank them for their support and look
forward to working with their members in the weeks and months ahead."


1. "Race Tightening Between Obama and Clinton," The Nation, January 31,

2. "A President Like My Father," Caroline Kennedy in the New York Times,
January 27, 2008

3. "The Choice," Chris Hayes in The Nation, January 31, 2008

4. "2008: 1/30 results," reader poll, January 30, 2008

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