Keystone State Students Won't Boost Obama

Voter drive came too late to register them as Democrats
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2008 5:46 PM CDT
Young Obama student volunteers assist University of Pennsylvania worker Dave Munson, 45, as he fills out a voter registration form on University of Pennsylvania campus, March 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – College kids' love for Barack Obama won't help him in the Keystone State, Politico reports. Many of Pennsylvania's 680,000 students hail from elsewhere and have voted absentee; among natives, a high number are Independent and therefore barred from the April 22 primary. Worse, attempts by Obama backers to enroll student voters may have come too late.

Students for Barack Obama claims chapters on 70 Pennsylvania campuses, but began its voting drive in late February. It enrolled more than 5,000 new voters, which one analyst says will not make a dent. If half of state Democrats vote, “two million people vote and Obama registered (at most) 10,000," she said. "You can do the math."