Pa. Voters Like Tried-and-True Clinton Name

Keystone state prefers 'heritage' and Hillary by 12%
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 4:12 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks at a town hall meeting in Medford, Ore., Saturday, March 22, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Keystone state voters prefer old-school to bling, Politico reports—which is why they favor Hillary Clinton by 12 points in the state's April 22 primary. “If you are going to introduce a brand new product, you don’t come to Pennsylvania,” one analyst said. “We are much more about heritage than cutting edge here.” Hillary has the heritage: Her father grew up there, and her last name has already hit the ballot twice thanks to husband Bill.

Almost two-thirds of state voters hold Clinton in high regard, while Barack Obama's favorability rating has sunk from 57% to 47% over the past month. Obama is also lacking big state endorsements and has only stumped in Pennsylvania for 3 days. “These polls coming out right now are capturing his nadir,” one pollster said.