Barack Obama leads in the race to win the Democratic nomination to the presidential election, has received, in the run-up to a key primary contest, the endorsement of Bob Casey (photo), a popular senator.
Bob Casey’s backing could help the Illinois senator with Catholic voters on April 22, for the primary in Pennsylvania. Mr Casey is also very popular among white working-class voters, known as “Casey Democrats”.
Mr Casey appeared with Barack Obama on Friday and said that “Obama’s battle and his life’s work to help people is our battle here in Pennsylvania”. He added that Mr Obama was best placed to help boost a manufacturing industry in the northeastern state.
“He started his campaign as an underdog, but he knows what it’s like to be a fighter”, said Bob Casey.
The battle still goes on between Barack Obama and his rival, Hillary Clinton, to find out who will be the Democratic candidate to the presidential election in November, and will have to win against John McCain, the Republican nominee.
But Howard Dean, the Democratic national committee chairman, already warned both contenders that whoever loses the nomination battle in August, must support the winner in the White House race.
Leave the race
More and more democrats feel concern about the fact that the Republican candidate has already been designated, while the Democrats are still fighting to choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Voters think it would be great for the candidates either work together to become president and vice-president, or for one of them to leave the race, so the other can start campaigning against the Republican candidate. But none of them is willing to do either of that.
Last week, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, who supports Barack Obama, became the first leading Democrat to openly ask senator Clinton to leave the race and back her rival. He said there was no way the Senator of New York could win the presidential election against the Republican candidate John McCain (photo).
“Senator Clinton has every right, but not a very good reason, to remain a candidate for as long as she wants to”, said Mr Leahy in a statement. “She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Obama. Obviously that’s a decision that only she can make”.
Superdelegates will choose
But in recent polls, Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead of voters in Pennsylvania, which will be the last major primary. A victory there could boost her campaign, as she claims that only she can win big states, that Democrats must secure in order to recapture the White House in November.
For now Hillary Clinton is still behind Barack Obama in delegates, as in the popular vote. But what’s sure is that in the end, neither Obama, nor Clinton will reach the 2,025 delegates, necessary to wrap up the nomination.
As a consequence, in August, it will be the superdelegates, senior delegates who are not bound to vote according to primary and caucus results, who will have the task of selecting a nominee.
“I think there’s 800 of them and 450 of them have already said who they’re for. I’d like the other 350 to say who they’re on between now and the 1st of July so we don’t have to take this into the convention”, said Howard Dean.
It looks like the race to the White House is gonna be very interesting until the end…may the best win, whoever that is.