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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill To Endorse Obama

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Another powerful woman from a swing state gets behind Obama.

Can you see a post New Hampshire strategy forming?

The endorsement is expected to be a major boost for Obama in Missouri, historically a bellwether in presidential contests and one of nearly two dozen states holding primaries or caucuses on Feb. 5.

Support from McCaskill could also help Obama woo female voters in his race against New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, his chief rival for the Democratic nomination.

McCaskill has praised Obama often and was widely believed to favor the Illinois senator over Clinton. But the Senate freshman had resisted openly supporting a candidate until now, saying she wanted to preserve working relationships with Senate colleagues.

Honestly, this is a good strategy whether or not he won New Hampshire. Because if he had won and then started racking up powerful female endorsements, it would be even harder for Hillary to claw back. Since he didn’t, it’s becoming harder for Hillary to claim that New Hampshire was much of a boost.

Also note the swing state aspect of all this. First Arizona then Missouri. If Obama can keep this pace up, it’ll be interesting to see what effect it has on Super Tuesday.