NH Town in a Tizzy as Obama, Clinton Seek Unity

By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 3:04 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talks during a campaign event at the Springs Preserve, a cultural and historic attraction, in Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday, June 24, 2008.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – A no-traffic-light, one-store New Hampshire town is scrambling to prepare for Friday's joint appearance by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the first since she bowed out of the presidential race and endorsed him, reports the Concord Monitor. They're the biggest names to hit town since Arlo Guthrie in 1979, but maybe civic leaders shouldn't be too surprised—the town's name is Unity.

In the January primary, Unity (pop. 1,652) gave Obama and Clinton 107 votes each. "I think that everyone thought that symbolically, that was an outstanding place because of its name and because the result there was similar to what the whole campaign was—virtually an even draw," Obama's New Hampshire co-chair told the Union Leader.