EMILY’s List, a well-funded national group that supports women who back abortion rights, gave its full endorsement to state Sen. Katherine Clark on Sept. 20, after earlier giving her preliminary backing.
“Katherine Clark has an impressive record fighting for women and families in her community, and her effective leadership is exactly what Washington needs,” Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president, said in a statement.
The endorsement could be a financial boon to Clark in the final weeks of the campaign.
During the 2011-2012 election cycle, the organization raised more than $52 million, according to an EMILY’s List spokeswoman.
Other candidates have also picked up endorsements over the course of the campaign.
Among them: state Rep. Carl Sciortino won the backing of some liberal Congressmen, and state Sen. Karen Spilka and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian gain the support of a number of organized labor groups and local elected officials.
But how much any endorsement actually changes the fundamental dynamics of a race can only truly be determined on the day voters go to the polls.