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A Loyalist, Down to the Wire

By Anne E. Kornblut
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- One of the subplots of the Clinton campaign has involved monitoring which members of Congress have worked hardest for her -- which ones have simply stayed loyal, and which have flipped.

Put Rep. Jim McGovern down in the worked hardest category.

Not to be outdone by the ubiquitous Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, McGovern made his way to South Dakota on Monday, the final -- and at times tense -- day on the primary campaign trail. McGovern traveled all the way to a Clinton event in Yankton, in the southern part of the state, then appeared at a rally in Sioux Falls, where Clinton heaped exuberant praise on the Massachusetts Democrat.

At a time when scores of delegates have moved toward her rival, Clinton described the loyal McGovern as "one of the most extraordinary leaders, someone who stands up for true American values, a man of faith and patriotism, who has been working on my behalf," adding that he opposed the Iraq war from the start and would be a tireless congressional leader on helping fix the economy.

Not bad for a 48-year-old member who once served as an aide to another Massachusetts congressman. But it was an apt compliment for a man who stuck by Clinton when his state's two senators and governor endorsed Rep. Barack Obama and the entire anti-war tide seemed to shift toward the front-runner. Even McGovern's political idol and coincidental namesake, George McGovern, has backed Obama. That did not stop the younger McGovern from waiting patiently in a sweltering auditorium for Clinton to conclude a lengthy "Solutions for America" event, potentially the last of her campaign.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 2, 2008; 11:53 PM ET
Categories:  Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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