Though the outcome was never really in doubt, Clinton's AFSCME endorsement is helpful to her Iowa campaign, where AFSCME claims 30,000 active members, most of them in cities, and its budget is large.

Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, issued a statement in response:

It is a bit surprising that the union probably most concerned with state and local election results would support the candidate with the likeliest least appeal in red states

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