Democrat politicians in red states just love Barack Obama. Among his recent endorsements are politicians from three states that generally vote Republican: Arizona governor Janet Napolitano, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota.
All of these states voted for Bush during both elections. In recent interviews, politicians from red leaning states agreed that Obama is the most electable candidate and that Clinton is generally too polarizing to win a Republican state.
“I happen to believe that Obama is the most electable, both in Virginia and elsewhere,” said Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. “I really think to win you gotta get independent votes….Independent voters like people who they don’t believe are defined by political orthodoxy.”
Many of these states are tending towards the swing vote as their populations change, especially those that are major ports to immigration.
Endorsements from fellow politicians doesn’t usually cause a dramatic shift of support, but many of these endorsements came directly after Obama’s New Hampshire shortfall, which could prove to be a helpful push in the upcoming primaries.
Red-state Dems sour on Clinton – [Politico]