The following is from the March 11, 2008, edition of Reuters. SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.

Sex scandal won't sway White House race

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sex scandal that may end New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's political career is unlikely to have a significant impact on the U.S. presidential race, analysts said on Tuesday.

Spitzer, a Democrat, has backed fellow New Yorker Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency, but his troubles are not likely to hurt Clinton as she battles rival Barack Obama for the party's nomination for the November election, they said.

Spitzer was linked to a federal probe of a prostitution ring on Monday, and Republicans in the state legislature said they may push for impeachment if he does not resign.

The scandal could remind voters of Clinton's trials as first lady 10 years ago, when her husband, President Bill Clinton, was nearly forced from office for lying about an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.

But that is unlikely to sway voters one way or another, said Southern Methodist University Professor Cal Jillson.

"I'm not sure it brings a great deal of sympathy because right now the Clinton campaign is not running on sympathy, it's running on toughness," Jillson said.

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