Deval Patrick, one of Barack Obama's biggest cheerleaders, took to the national cable airwaves again this afternoon to pump up his favored candidate.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Massachusetts governor dismissed any worries over Obama's nearly 10-percentage-point loss Tuesday in Pennsylvania and his double-digit loss in Ohio to Hillary Clinton -- both because white working-class voters and women heavily supported her.
Once Obama secures the nomination, "I believe Democrats will rally around him," Patrick said.
He said he didn't put much stock, either, in exit polls that found that 25 percent of Clinton voters said they would vote for Republican John McCain if she didn't the nomination and another 17 percent would stay home. Patrick said some of those voters are Republicans who have been encouraged by activists to vote for Clinton because they believe she would be easier for McCain to beat than Obama.
Patrick also downplayed the history of polls overstating support for black candidates because respondents don't want to admit they wouldn't vote for a minority.
"Race is with us," he said, but he added: "I don't think it's as front of mind for voters," noting his own election in 2006 as the commonwealth's first black governor.
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