The latest ARG poll puts Hillary Clinton way ahead in NH and on the other side of the aisle, “Mitt Romney holds a narrow lead over Rudy Giuliani.”
The American Research Group’s July survey had Obama and Clinton in a tie, although other New Hampshire surveys found that the former first lady held a solid lead over the Illinois senator.
The radically different numbers released today by ARG for August — Clinton at 37 percent, Obama 17 percent, Edwards 14 percent, Richardson 7 percent — gave her an even bigger lead than other national surveys.
The Boston Globe reports that over the border from NH, “Hillary Clinton pocketed another big-name Massachusetts endorsement this morning, announcing that House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi is supporting her presidential bid.”
“It’s time to restore strong, competent leadership to the White House and Hillary Clinton is ready to do the job from her first day in office,” DiMasi said in a statement provided by the Clinton campaign. “Senator Clinton has the experience and vision to lead America at home and abroad in these trying times.”
Clinton also received the endorsement of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Thursday:
The IAM is among the nation’s largest industrial trade unions, representing over 700,000 active and retired members in airline, aerospace, manufacturing, railroad, woodworking and shipbuilding industries, and is a member of the AFL-CIO.
“Hillary Clinton earned the IAM’s endorsement by focusing on jobs, health care, education and trade – the bread and butter issues of the American middle class,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “She is the only candidate of either party to come forward with a comprehensive manufacturing policy and the only candidate to connect with millions of Americans who feel invisible to the current administration.”
The IAM has big plans for backing Clinton’s candidacy. They will “launch a massive education campaign among IAM members and extensive publicity in union publications and websites nationwide.”
Twenty-five states with over 450,000 active and retired IAM members will vote in the three weeks starting with the Iowa caucuses and ending with the polls closing in California on February 5th.
The news of the IAM endorsement for Clinton follows the news that the IAFF endorsed Chris Dodd on Tuesday, and Clinton received the endorsement of the UTA. John Edwards also got a labor endorsement on Thursday — the 520,000-member United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.
In other Election ’08 news, Fred Thompson, who has drawn out making it official that he’s running, has finally set a date to make his announcement. Politico reported that he will announce on September 6. All well and good, but there’s already speculation that Thompson may have waited too long.
Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton scrambled to divest of funds raised by Norman Hsu, who turned out to be a fugitive in a fraud case in California. Clinton will donate the $23,000 to charity and the N.Y. Times reports that Obama has plans to “intended to give away $7,000 that Mr. Hsu contributed to his committees.” Jeralyn at TalkLeft had noted at first the Obama campaign had intended on keeping the money.
The race is heating up and the primary calendar is now absurdly stacked.