The Good News for Obama with Two Union Endorsements

After polls predicted a double digit victory, the results in New Hampshire can only be seen as disappointing for Obama even though a month ago the combined outcomes in Iowa and New Hampshire would have been seen as a remarkable accomplishment. Fortunately there are two items of good news for Obama as he goes into Nevada.

Obama has received the endorsement of the Culinary Workers Union. The union has 60,000 members while only 40,000 total voters are expected to vote in the primary. The Service Employees International Union in Nevada also endorsed Obama, partially due to feeling that Edwards is not a viable option. Such calculations could continue to affect future states, but there is no guarantee they will all break for Obama.

Bill Richardson’s poor showing in Iowa and New Hampshire might also work to Obama’s benefit. Richardson has the potential of doing better in a western state, but many who would have considered voting for him are likely to now see him as an even less viable option than Edwards. Both Richardson and Obama have received much of their support from more independent-minded Democratic voters, leaving Obama the potential of picking up votes from people who had been considering Richardson. On the other hand, Richardson has had ties to the Clintons in the past and has sometimes defended Hillary at debates leaving open the possibility that some of his potential voters might vote for her instead.

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  1. 1
    Ryan says:

    Ahh, look at the cute baby!(But he/she looks concerned and worried – probably because of the NH results)

  2. 2
    Ron Chusid says:

    The picture is from before the New Hampshire vote, but maybe the baby had reason to suspect a problem.

  3. 4
    Ron Chusid says:

    I’m not at all surprised. Of the remaining candidates, Obama is by far the most like Kerry. Going from Kerry in 2004 to Obama in 2008 we have less experience but a better campaigner. Kerry might have made the better president (at least at this point) but Obama is the one who can win.

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