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Oh, The Symbolism

Hillary Clinton will join Barack Obama on Friday as the former rivals hold their first joint campaign stop, a rally that will be so replete with symbolism that someone has to be making something up. Clinton and Obama will head to Unity, New Hampshire, a small town of 1,530 in Sullivan County just south of Lebanon, near the Vermont border, and about 60 miles west of Manchester.

Forget the name, though. The location is perfect for another reason: Both candidates scored exactly 107 votes in the state's January 8 primary.

Obama has come a long way in uniting his party. Polls are showing he receives about as much support from Democrats as John McCain gets from Republicans, suggesting equally loyal bases, but there are still a few loud and prominent Clinton backers who have refused to get behind his campaign. As Clinton hits the trail for Obama, her image will improve a lot if those disgruntled few join Obama's camp.

Of course, it looks too good to be true: A town called Unity in which both candidates got the same number of votes? Come on, someone's making something up. Actually, not really: The New Hampshire Secretary of State's website reports both candidates did receive 107 votes each, compared with 78 for John Edwards and 15 for Bill Richardson.

For balance, Ron Paul won the Republican vote in the tiny town with just two votes, while John McCain, who won the state, got just one vote there in January.