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July 20, 2008 1:00 AM

Thanking her lucky stars

Posted by Joni Balter

Gov. Christine Gregoire has to be thanking her lucky stars that she listened to one of her daughters who urged her last February to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president. Her other daughter was backing Sen. Hillary Clinton. So were many of the state's top leaders, including the two U.S. senators.
That endorsement set up the recent Seattle visit by Michelle Obama to raise campaign cash for Gregoire.
It's not only about money. Gregoire may be able to pull off a tough re-election win if enough Obama-maniacs come out and vote in November. This is an unpredictable group of new voters who may sway one of the hottest governors' races in the country.
Click below for a podcast discussion with me about my July 20 column.
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