Image: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at the Schuldes Sports Center on the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)Team Hillary: $15 Million Raised Online in 15 Days
Hillary Clinton has rebounded among Democrats in the Gallup Poll Daily tracking average for Feb. 16-18. She is now at 45% to Barack Obama's 46%.
Clinton was seven percentage points behind Obama in the Feb. 15-17 average. In Monday night's interviewing, Clinton's percentage of the vote of national voters was higher than Obama's, but there has been fluidity in the nightly tracking numbers over the past several days as Democrats nationally process the intense, often heated, nature of the campaign.
Monday's news coverage of the Democratic campaign was replete with a focus on the Clinton campaign's charges that Obama had plagiarized material from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other negative attacks on Obama by the Clinton campaign. It is unclear which, if any, of these factors could be responsible for changes in the candidates' standing.
The campaign has 20 offices open with 4,000 precinct captains recruited.
Clinton's Texas state director, Ace Smith, said that the campaign "intends to beat Obama" among young voters in the state, just as they did in California.
Smith predicted the campaign would win both the "primary" portion of the Texas vote and the "caucus" portion because all caucus goers are required to have voted in the primaries.
Unwilling to be caught flat-footed, Clinton has full staffs in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont, and as of today, has working field organizations in Pennsylvania and Wyoming.Clinton campaign communications director said that the campaign's online fundraising "absolutely exploded" in February, raising $15 million online in 15 days.