More evidence that the extended primary battle benefits the Democratic party: today our crew registered 41 new Democrats in the state of Pennsylvania. Because the PA primaries are closed (only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary), the Obama campaign has been furiously registering supporters as Democrats, if they are not already identified as such.
Today, we registered voters at a Shop Rite strip mall in SW Philly for most of the day; Upper Darby in the afternoon; and finally the Old City bars at night, where our kelly green “O’Bama” signs won us smiles on this last Saturday before St. Patrick’s. Surprisingly, we also got eight registrations tonight; the last two identified themselves as serving in the military and fervently hoped that Obama would be able to end the war in Iraq.
Pennsylvania has leaned strongly towards Clinton, and even here in urban Philly her supporters are all around. (Many are as unfortunately rude as the ones I encountered doing visibility in Cambridge MA). Wherever she’s deploying her ground troops, they were no where near us. While we kept running into Obama crews, we enountered not a single person or group out for Clinton at any point today.