Polls and Endorsements Go Against Clinton As Clinton Continues Threats to Steal Nomination

I hesitate to place too much significance on these polls, but it is impossible to ignore them when in the heat of a tight race such as this. The Gallup Tracking Poll continues to show Obama up by one point as yesterday, with Obama leading 46% to 45%. The Rasmussen Tracking Poll also show Obama ahead of Clinton for a second day, now leading by 49% to 37%. This includes a lead of 46% to 41% among women voters. In the match ups against McCain, Obama leads John McCain 46% to 42% while McCain leads Clinton 48% to 41%. Take a look at those comparisons, super delegates!

In addition to these daily tracking polls, American Research Group released a new poll today with Obama leading Clinton 47% to 45%, representing a twenty point increase for Obama in the past month.
Obama has picked up some additional endorsements today. Lincoln Chafee became the latest former Republican to back Obama:

‘‘I believe Senator Obama is the best candidate to restore American credibility, to restore our confidence, to be moral and just, and to bring people together to solve the complex issues such as the economy, the environment and global stability,’’ Chafee said in a conference call with reporters.

Obama has also received the endorsement of the Food Workers Union and SEIU. Despite his leads in the national polls, Obama remains behind in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The higher number of blue collar workers in these states works to Clinton’s advantage but these endorsements might help Obama close the gap.

In light of these obstacles, Clinton has made clear her willingness to do anything to get the nomination, including what The New York Times calls “potentially incendiary steps.”

With every delegate precious, Mrs. Clinton’s advisers also made it clear that they were prepared to take a number of potentially incendiary steps to build up Mrs. Clinton’s count. Top among these, her aides said, is pressing for Democrats to seat the disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan, who held their primaries in January in defiance of Democratic Party rules.

The word “potentially” can be dropped. Apparently Hillary Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the 2000 election. Seeing yet another stolen election would be far worse than the prospect of John McCain becoming president and if Clinton wins by stealing the nomination I’ll be voting for McCain. The integrity of the Democratic process is far more important than which party wins any given election.

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