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March 20th, 2014 - On Thursday, the National Organization for Women (NOW) announced their endorsement of Billy Smith's campaign for State House. NOW is at the forefront of supporting and protecting women's rights across Pennsylvania. "Pennsylvania NOW endorses the candidates we know will fight for the women of the Commonwealth every time. In this race, that's Billy Smith." The only candidates that NOW considers are feminist leaders and strong supporters of women's rights issues. "I am humbled by the support of the National Organization of Women. As the son of a single mother, who was also raised with the help of my single grandmother, I am keenly aware of the struggles and gains that women have endured and made to attain gender equality. I am forever in debt to the amazing women in my life for helping me become the man that I am today. I've always stood with women and will continue to do so as a member of Pennsylvania state legislature." This is a tremendous development for the Smith campaign; NOW rarely endorses men over women and only does so when the male candidate is far and away more progressive on women's rights issues. With the endorsement of NOW, Margo Davidson must begin to answer the question: Why are women abandoning her campaign? The next two months will continue to show a complete erosion of women support for Margo Davidson's campaign; her hostile votes to close abortion clinics and drain money from public schools have alienated progressive women in the 164th and has resulted in a surge of support for Billy Smith from progressive women's organizations who recognize his unequivocal commitment to women's rights.