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The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza calls North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley a "loser" this morning, but it sounds less harsh in a winners and losers column:
The North Carolina governor's decision to endorse Clinton was seen as a potential turning point in the race. Or not. Obama hammered Clinton in the Tarheel State, and Easley, who will be looking for a job when his second term expires later this year, did himself no favors in positioning for a possible Obama cabinet. (On a more positive note, Easley's heir apparent -- Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue -- claimed a solid win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.)
My take is that gubernatorial endorsements haven't mattered much throughout the presidential primaries. Perhaps you could argue that Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was an exception.
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