Vermont for Dean

By Geraldine Sealey
Published March 1, 2004 4:43PM (EST)

Howard Dean may have his greatest success in the Democratic primaries now that he's not even running -- at least that's what some die-hard Dean supporters are hoping. The Burlington Free Press reports on efforts by home-state Deaniacs to rally a win for the former governor in tomorrow's Vermont primary. It would be Dean's first, and would come two weeks after his withdrawal from active campaigning in the race.

From the Free Press: "A movement is afoot among Dean's backers -- without any support from the candidate's dwindling campaign organization -- to secure a win in Vermont for the state's former governor. Dean's name remains on the ballot despite his withdrawal from the race, and votes for him count. Dean's advocates said they'll vote for him to thank him for his tireless campaigning, his resonant message, his transformation of the Democratic Party. They also want to give Dean more delegates to the party's national convention, a move to provide him a louder voice in shaping the Democrats' platform, supporters said."

But Dean supporters and state party officials are split on whether they think Dean can win.

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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