Tragedy on the trail

Barack Obama's state director in Nevada, just 44, dies suddenly of heart attack.



Thomas Schaller
November 3, 2008 11:58PM (UTC)

Some tragic news: As reported by Marc Ambinder, Barack Obama's Nevada state director, Terence Tolbert, died last night of a heart attack. This would be a tragedy under any circumstances, any week of the year.

But Tolbert died the weekend before an election in a state which matters to the outcome matters nationally and, worse, he was  just 44 -- younger than Obama himself. Our thoughts go out to him, his family, and what I'm sure is an extended political family in Nevada Democratic politics.

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Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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