In the tight four-way Democratic primary for the congressional seat being vacated by Allyson Schwartz, geography may prove pivotal.
The district is roughly split between Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County voters, but three of the candidates are from the suburban side. Only state Rep. Brendan Boyle is from Philadelphia.
That's why Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, who worked as a policy advocate on the Affordable Care Act, is emphasizing two city-side endorsements she picked up recently: one from AFSCME District Council 47, which represents white-collar municipal workers; and another from The Philadelphia Tribune, a newspaper that serves the African-American community.
The DC 47 endorsement could be particualrly helpful for the first-time candidate because unions run their own get-out-the-vote operations and could help her ground game in the city.
The other suburbanites have felt some brotherly love as well.
Former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies is trying to take back the seat she lost after casting a crucial but unpopular vote for President Clinton's 1993 budget. Along with a nod from Bubba, she has secured endorsements from five Northeast Philly ward leaders.
State Sen. Daylin Leach, who has sought to stake out the left flank of the field, is supported by Progressive Philly Rising and Philly for Change.
Despite early predictions that Margolies could run away with the nomination, no candidate has broken away from the field. The election is Tuesday.