Clinton Scores Mass. Surprise

Kennedy, Kerry endorsements can't help Obama overcome ad blitz
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 7:07 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters at West Virginia Republican convention, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in Charleston, W.Va.. (AP Photo/LM Otero)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton topped Barack Obama in the Massachusetts primary today, overcoming his fervent endorsements by Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, MSNBC reports. Clinton did benefit from backing by state lawmakers like the senate president, Therese Murray, who implied Clinton lost the big endorsements because she is a woman, the AP reports. Clinton also ran more than twice as many ads in the state as Obama, the Times reports.

Ex-governor Mitt Romney scored an easy Massachusetts victory and subdued claims that he had used the state as a political steppingstone. "I think there's some people who thought it was all going to be done tonight, but it's not all done tonight," he said in addressing supporters. "We're going to keep on battling."