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Samantha Hayes, in route to Austin, Texas

March 3rd, 2008

At 6:30 this evening in Austin, Texas Hillary Clinton will be making one her last pitches to voters before Texas holds its nominating contest tomorrow. Over the weekend, her campaign announced that this event, on the eve of the crucial Texas primary/caucus, will also indulge in a little celebrity star power. Actors Melanie Griffith and Eva Longoria Parker will join Hillary Clinton at her town hall. The meeting will be broadcast online at hillaryclinton.com and on FOX Sports Network Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Longoria Parker is best known for her role on the hit ABC TV series, "Desperate Housewives, and is quoted in the Clinton campaign's press release. "I'm thrilled to support Hillary Clinton for President. As a native of Texas, I know our state and our nation face big challenges ahead of us.  Hillary has proven she has the strength and experience to deliver the change we need."

Griffith has starred in dozens of movies and won an Oscar for Best Actress in "Working Girl." Also quoted in the release, Griffith says the thing she really likes about Clinton is "that she has a deep understanding about the issues that Americans care about. This town hall is a great example of her ability to listen to the voices of Americans and explain how she would tackle our greatest problems. I'm excited to be part of this important event."

 Actor Jack Nicholson also appears excited to support Clinton. He says there's nothing sexier than saluting a woman. Okay, that's actually a line from one of the movies he has starred in, "A Few Good Men." The clip where he says that is matched up with lines from other Nicholson movies including "Batman" and "The Shining." The end product is called "Jack and Hill" and you can see it on YouTube. Apparently the Clinton campaign wasn't in on the video making which was put together with the help of director Rob Reiner, There's no telling whether any of this will actually result in votes tomorrow. Celebrities have been pledging support for the candidate of their choice through the election.

Other big names under Clinton's celebrity column include Barbara Streisand, Danny DeVito, and Lily Tomlin. Barack Obama can count on Jodie Foster, Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson and Oprah Winfrey.

Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward support both Democratic candidates.

John McCain has a lot of "tough guy" support - Movie star and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Selleck.

But perhaps the most Lone-Star appropriate celebrity endorsement goes to Mike Huckabee. Even though he can't win enough delegates to capture the Republican nomination, he seems to have the unwavering support of Chuck Norris. But that's Walker, Texas Ranger to you.

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