Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Murtha's Endorsement of Clinton

Hillary Clinton's superdelegate endorsement drought ended today when she scored an expected but needed coup in picking up the endorsement of John Murtha, Democratic Congressman who represents PA-12. PA-12 is an Appalachia district that is a bit convoluted in shape as it takes in the eastern and southern reaches of the Pittsburgh city region.

Murtha's district is a five pledged delegate district. It is also a fairly conservative Democratic district with a small African American population, and a small creative class population. It is an area of Pennslyvania that is similiar to the west of I-81 which is where Clinton cleaned up in the Virginia primary. I would be shocked if Obama only loses this district by 18 points which is what he needs to do to hold the district to a 3:2 split for Clinton.

Murtha is throwing his support in the same direction as his distrct. Not a big surprise.

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