NY Dem Is First Candidate to Get Push From Obama
Email urges area activists to support Scott Murphy for Congress
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2009 10:41 AM CDT
White House Adviser David Axelrod waits for the start of President Barack Obama's news conference last night.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – For the first time since his swearing-in, President Obama is getting involved in a campaign. The Huffington Post reports that Obama has sent out an email to about 50,000 people in and around New York’s 20th congressional district, urging them to elect Democrat Scott Murphy. “To restore our economy and build a foundation for lasting prosperity, I'll need Scott's help,” reads the message.

Murphy is running to replace now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a traditionally Republican-leaning upstate district. Murphy trailed GOP opponent Jim Tedisco for most of the campaign, but has shrunk the gap to almost nothing recently; voters go to the polls Tuesday.