Ala. Black Group Endorses Obama
Sen. Barack Obama picked up a political endorsement Saturday from the New South Coalition in Alabama, a key prize in the battle between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for African American support.
Clinton was endorsed in October by the Alabama Democratic Conference, the black wing of the state party. The move provided her an organizational advantage, and it underscored concerns among many black leaders that the United States won't vote for Obama or any other African American to become president.
New South is the ADC's chief rival and, with its stamp of approval, Obama's "chances just got a lot better,"
said state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma, the coalition's president emeritus, according to the Associated Press.
Obama won the nod easily, Sanders said, but Clinton had plenty of advocates in the room as well. According to reports, Perry County Commissioner Albert Turner praised Obama but warned members that he couldn't win.
"The question you have to put forth to yourself is that whether or not in this racist country a black man named Obama -- when we are shooting at Osama -- can win the presidency of the United States," Turner said.
Turner called Clinton the Democrat most likely to win in November "because of her husband and because of some other things, mainly because she's white."
-- Shailagh Murray
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