Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Bad weather in Tennessee

It turns out that the weathermen (and women) were right. A tornado has touched down south of Memphis, Tenn., and there are reports of power outages throughout the area. No word on how this will affect:

  • Status (read: retention) of votes already cast;
  • Status of machines and backup systems;
  • How long the power might be out; and
  • Whether voting hours will be extended to accomodate for the lost time.

This is important because Tennessee is, of course, home to former GOP candidate Fred Thompson; Thompson held a one-point lead on Mike Huckabee before dropping out. Huckabee is the presumptive favorite in Tennessee, but late polls showed John McCain closing the gap.

Tennessee has an open primary, and its 52 delegates will be awarded proportionally.