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SOUTHERN BLOC(K): Dixie Dems and the health reform vote

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With only 24 hours to go before the big health reform vote, the White House and Dem leaders say they're within striking distance of the magic 216 needed to pass it in the House vote on Sunday.

Making Obama's job a lot harder is the stubborn opposition -- or vacillation -- of Southern Democrats. So far, 13 of the 26 Democrats who are expected to vote against the bill tomorrow hail from Southern states.

And while wavering Dems from other parts of the country have been slowing coming into the "yes" column, key Southern representatives have refused to budge, either solidifying their "nay" stance or refusing to commit.

Here's the latest news on where 20 key members of the Southern delegation stand (bold = most recent updates; "voted" = vote on last year's House health bill):

Representative Voted The Latest The Buzz
Barrow, J (GA) No No (AJC, 3/19) Progs ask: In a Dem-leaning district, why?
Berry, M (AR) Yes Undecided (NYT, 3/20) Hinges on abortion compromise; retirement makes vote easier
Boucher, R (VA) No Undecided (T-N, 3/20) Medicare reimbursement is the sticking point
Bright, B (AL) No No (MA, 3/20) "We cannot afford the massive cost"
Boyd, A (FL) No Yes (WaPo, 3/19) "This is good policy"
Chandler, B (KY) No No (LCJ, 3/20) Won last election by +30 points
Childers, T (MS) No No (MCL, 3/20) "Deeply concerned" about cost; abortion
Cuellar, H (TX) Yes Yes (WaPo , 3/20) Released Sat statement saying "yes"
Davis, A (AL) No No (MA, 3/20) Eyes on guv race; Black Caucus angry
Davis, L (TN) No No (Twitter, 3/21) Various sources saying he's a no
Edwards, C (TX) No No (DMN, 3/18) Worried about his "political future"
Kissell, L (NC) No No (WRAL, 3/20) Netroots favorite now not so popular
Kosmas, S (FL) No Yes (WaPo, 3/19) One of 2 big Fla pickups for White House
Marshall, J (GA) No No (AJC, 3/19) Always a long shot
Mollohan, A (WV) Yes Undecided (NYT, 3/19) Dems hopeful
Nye, G (VA) No No (Hill, 3/21) One of 2 big Saturday defections
Ortiz, S (TX) Yes Likely Yes (TM, 3/19) Not official, but Dems counting on a yes
Perriello, T (VA) Yes Yes (WaPo, 3/19) Another big Friday pick-up
Rahall, N (WV) Yes Undecided (CG, 3/19) Abortion making him a tough get
Tanner, J (TN) No No (Twitter, 3/21) Various sources saying he's a no

For more news, check out The New York Times, The Huffington Post or Firedoglake for the latest whip counts.

UPDATES 3/20: The Hill says it's down to 20 key House votes as of 2:25 pm 3/20. They include: Berry (AR), Boucher (VA), Rahall (WV), Cuellar (TX), Davis (TN), Tanner (TN), Mollohan (WV), Nye (VA), Rodriguez (TX). That's nine Southerners on a list of 20.

* 4pm -- Cuellar is now a "yes.

UPDATES 3/21: 

* Glenn Nye is now a "no."
* 1:25pm -- Pelosi says, and everyone agrees, that Dems have the 216 votes. But none of the undecideds -- including the key Southern question marks above -- have officially announced. So who's it going to be? My bets are on Berry, Boucher and Mollohan. We'll see about Davis, Rahall and Tanner.
* 1:50pm -- Tanner and L. Davis now in "no" column -- this makes the abortion/Stupak crew essential, which would influence Mollohan and Rahall.
* 2:09pm -- NYT still not saying L. Davis of Tenn. a "no," but we hear he is -- that means only 4 Southern Dem votes still in play: Berry (AR), Boucher (VA), Mollohan and Rahall (WV). Stupak/abortion deal key to Berry and Mollohan for sure, probably Rahall. What's the word on Boucher?
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MR.OBAMA IS A PROGRESSIVE RADICAL IDEOLOGICAL PREDATOR PRESIDENT WHO WILL ''BRAINWASH'' ANYONE TO GET HIS WAY,HE WANTS TO SOCIALIZE AND BANKRUPT AMERICA. HEALTHCARE REFORM IS THE FIRST STEP TO REACH HIS GOAL, SO ALL CONGRESSMEN BEWARE OF '' OBS'' OR OBAMAS BRAINWASHING SYNDROME WITH HIS AGENDA AND WITH HIS BRIBERY,LIES,AND RHETORIC HE WILL FLIP YOU FOR THE WORST IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF HIS INTENTIONS,SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE HAS NOT WORK IN CANADA,EUROPE,OR MASSACHUSSETTS AND WILL NOT WORK IN USA,HEALTHCARE WILL BE A BUROCRATIC GOVERNMENT SECONDARY `MEDICAL SYSTEM IF APPROVED AND WILL BANKRUPT THE COUNTRY AND JEOPARDIZE MEDICAL CARE BLOCKING THEIR CARE BY RATIONING THEIR MEDICAL SERVICES AND LETTING THEM DIE,THE YOUNGER POPULATION WILL GET THEIR BENEFITS WHILE THE OLDER 50-60 PLUS WILL GET RATIONING OF MEDICAL SERVICES.OBAMA DOES NOT AND WILL NOT LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR DOCTORS. WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF 30MILLION MEDICAIDS,MOST DOCTORS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE WILL QUIT.LIONELM.D.