Obama Opens the Door to Presidential Run, Could Receive Wide Support in Maryland
On Meet the Press this morning, Senator Barack Obama admitted that he was considering a run for the Presidency. It's not a huge surprise given his Time magazine cover and all the buzz that has been swirling around him.
His running would vault him into the short list for Maryland's support in the '08 election, including support from important donor communities in the Washington and Baltimore suburbs. To start with, Obama would likely garner massive support from the 25% of Maryland that is African-American. But he will also have a serious shot at getting support from the progressive activists in the state who have not yet aligned behind any of the '08 candidates. There's simply no doubt that he has generated more excitement on his few visits to Mayrland than any other local or visiting politician.
Of course, he'll have some serious challenges in the state. Maryland's labor movement will likely be leaning towards Edwards, especially given his speech a few years ago at the Progressive Maryland dinner (if I'm remembering that correctly). John Kerry still maintains a dedicated group of partisans in the state. The anti-war activists in the inner DC suburbs and Baltimore City might lean towards long-shot candidate like Russ Feingold. And, of course, there's Hillary. But in any case, his few lines on TV just made the next couple years a lot more interesting.
Link to AP article here.