John Edwards’ departure from the presidential race sets up a highly anticipated debate at the Kodak Theater tonight.
As a practical matter, it’s important to note that Edwards’ main ally, the SEIU, will not make another endorsement in the primary. While Mr. Edward’s populist message did not catch fire with American voters, he did win the backing of 12 state councils of the SEIU, including California, Idaho, Minnesota, and Massachusetts, which will hold their elections on Tuesday. The national coordinator of these SEIU state councils, Courtni Pugh, said the councils did not plan to make another endorsement. “We don’t have any plans to go anywhere,” she said. While the SEIU in California, which has more than 400,000 Democratic voters, has already distributed five mailings on behalf of Mr. Edwards, its Get Out the Vote phone banks will go unused in the days leading up to February 5.