Posted by Damozel | This is a significant endorsement for her, since Pennsylvania's Murtha brings with him "his clout as a 17-term member of the House and a prominent anti-war Democrat." (The Trail) Murtha said:
“Sen. Clinton is the candidate that will forge a consensus on health care, education, the economy, and the war in Iraq...Her experience and careful consideration of these issues convinced me that she is best qualified to lead our nation and to bring credibility back to the White House". (The Trail)
Hillary now leads Obama 53-41% in Pennsylvania, according to this Quinnipac Poll.
"The momentum is clearly Sen. Clinton's as she firms up her traditional coalition of women, white males, non-college, rural and older voters in Pennsylvania. Her endorsement by Philadelphia's black Mayor, Michael Nutter, is cutting slightly into Obama's overwhelming edge among black voters, but clearly the split among black and white voters is growing," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"Sen. Clinton leads in the bellwether Philadelphia suburbs by almost the same margin she leads statewide," Richards added. "And don't forget powerhouse Gov. Ed Rendell is putting all the king's horses and all the king's men into the Clinton campaign. Anything can happen in this crazy, unpredictable Democratic race, but this week, Big Mo is on Clinton's side." (Quinnipac)
Staunch Clinton supporter Taylor Marsh observes:
The danger waiting for Barack Obama in Pennsylvania is real. The blue collar vote is bigger than in Ohio, with the Reverend Wright blowback potential huge, especially since I don't think Obama's speech today will make a dent in what talk radio is offering, especially in Pennsylvanian where they rule. The outcome, if Clinton wins big and in demographics that tease what the general election could bring against McCain, is that the race could shake up all over again. (Taylor Marsh)
Memeorandum commentary on Murtha's endorsement is here.
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