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October 15, 2007 2:49 PM

State SEIU endorses Edwards for president

Posted by David Postman

Washington state was one of 10 state chapters of the politically active Service Employees International Union to endorse John Edwards for president today. The New York Times says members in the 10 chapters make up more than half the SEIU's national membership. That includes the biggest, California, and one of the most important politically, Iowa.

The Times reports:

Far more than any other candidate, Mr. Edwards has staked his campaign on labor endorsements. He has marched on scores of union picket lines and moved quickly to endorse one of labor's main goals: universal health coverage. He also has the endorsements of the carpenters, the mine workers, the transport workers and the steelworkers.

Whether the union endorsements put Mr. Edwards over the top in Iowa or prove to be a dud, as they were for Richard Gephardt in Iowa in 2004, remains to be seen.

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