As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama whiz back and forth across the nation in search of votes for Super Tuesday, another battle for the nomination is raging in the wilds of Irkutsk, Murmansk, and Omsk. “Democrats Abroad,” an offiicial branch of the Democratic Party, will be voting for a slate of delegates to this year’s convention. Andrew Hardisty, of the Russian branch of the organization, Democrats Abroad Russia, is busy helping get organized for the vote. Russian Democrats can vote via the Internet or by fax, mail, or actually going to a polling station. There is a separate Republicans Abroad, but it is not recognized and will not be casting ballots for delegates.
Who knows? Will the 22 delegates elected by Democrats Abroad be the decisive vote at the convention? What if the vote cast from Omsk determined the Democratic candidate for the 2008 nomination for president?