13th District Congressional Race is Down to the Wire

Clinton connection may not help Marjorie Margolies beat back Brendan Boyle

RealClearPolitics reports the Democratic primary to replace Allyson Schwartz in the 13th Congressional District is coming down to the wire, with Clinton-connected Marjorie Margolies and Brendan Boyle battling out for the top spot. State Sen. Daylin Leach and anesthesiologist Val Arkoosh are also on the ballot.

Boyle and Margolies each told RealClearPolitics that their internal polls show them with a slight edge over each other.

Margolies is quick to point out that she has the endorsements of five of Philadelphia’s ward leaders, representing 40 percent of the city’s registered Democratic voters.

But Boyle has gotten assists from powerful labor leader John Dougherty and a host of Democratic interest groups in the city, including ground and air cover from a well-funded building trades union PAC.

“If this ends up being a low turnout election, I think that gives Boyle another advantage because he probably has the better Election Day turnout operation,” Larry Ceisler, a Philadelphia-based Democratic strategist, told RCP.

It might be a late night waiting for the returns from this race.