Pro-Abortion Group Still Supports Hillary Clinton, Spends Less as Polls Drop

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 27, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group Still Supports Hillary Clinton, Spends Less as Polls Drop Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 27
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-abortion group continues to support Sen. Hillary Clinton despite a sagging campaign where she now trails pro-abortion rival Barack Obama in both the delegate count and momentum heading into the next battle. Emily’s List is targeting Texas and Ohio voters crucial to getting Clinton back in the race, but appears to be cutting its losses.

In previous efforts for Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, the multi-million dollar pro-abortion group spent heavily to turn out voters.

In Iowa, Emily’s List created a web site dedicated to turning out women and advertised heavily across the Internet. It spent nearly $500,000 on the effort to put the pro-abortion New York senator in the front-runner position.

Now, with Clinton’s hopes fading and her standing in the polls dropping further behind Obama, the abortion advocacy group is reducing its effort on her behalf.

The organization is running radio ads for Clinton in five Texas markets and sending mailers to a scant 150,000 women in Ohio urging them to vote for Clinton, according to the Dallas News.

For an organization that raised $46 million in 2006 and has made winning the White House its top priority, that’s a drop in the bucket.

Ellen Malcolm, the head of the group, told the News she believes Clinton will win in both Texas and Ohio, despite new polls showing Obama leading in the Lone Star State and reducing her lead in the Buckeye State.

She blamed Clinton’s poor showings to date on states having a caucus system, which favors Obama, and tempered her prediction of a win in Texas by saying the caucus there could hurt Clinton again.

"The Obama campaign can turn out their people to the caucuses, and the people that Hillary relies upon – the working Democrats – have a harder time getting to the caucuses," Malcolm told the Dallas newspaper.

Malcoln stumped for Clinton in Austin saying her toughness reminds her of former Governor Ann Richards, who was pro-abortion and whose daughter now runs Planned Parenthood.