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Vote 08: Dems make personal appeals in Maine

February 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Democrats in Maine are choosing who they'd like to be the Democratic nominee for president. Wintry weather -- including up to eight inches of snow -- is forecast around the state, but organizers expect a heavy turnout for today's caucuses. One party leader says Maine residents "deal with snow all the time."

Twenty-four delegates are at stake. Right now, candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are separated by only 25 delegates, with Clinton having the slight lead.

Both candidates made personal appeals for votes in the state Saturday.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry are visiting caucuses on Obama's behalf.

Maine Governor John Baldacci, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and New York Congressman Gregory Meeks are campaigning for Clinton.