From staff reports
A day after Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign announced Sen. Ted Kennedy will headline a Thursday rally in San Marcos, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s camp announced the former first lady and president’s daughter, Chelsea, will stop here on Friday during her tour of Texas universities.
Clinton and Obama are locked in a dead heat in the estimated tallies of delegates pledged to both remaining candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
Chelsea Clinton’s visit expected visit here, along with rallies in San Antonio and El Paso the same day, are part of Clinton’s effort to blunt Obama’s appeal to younger voters. Her itinerary today includes events at the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas. Tomorrow her tour brings her to Central Texas where she will attend the debate at the University of Texas at Austin.
Details of Chelsea Clinton’s visit, including a venue, had not been announced this morning.
Spokespeople from both camps have said Texas and Ohio, both of which vote March 4, are pivotal for their aspirations, especially for Clinton who has lost the last 10 states to her rival. Republicans will also go to the polls on the same day although the vote is less climatic with Arizona Sen. John McCain well ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.