Obama Superdelegate Endorsements Flooding In
By Jonathan Weisman
A rush of superdelegates, some already public, others promised for tonight, are pushing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama close to the Democratic nomination, with Obama aides saying they expect to clinch the nomination tonight after the results from South Dakota and Montana roll in.
Thirteen superdelegates have already announced their endorsements, including the highest ranking House leader to take sides, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) and Debbie Dingell, a General Motors official and wife of Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman and Hillary Clinton supporter John Dingell (D-Mich.). House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) also backed Obama this afternoon.
Montana's two senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, as well as the state's governor, Brian Schweitzer, are expected to announce their endorsements once the polls close in their state.
"Today ends the process," Clyburn said in an interview this afternoon, predicting that 20 superdelegates will have publicly endorsed Obama by 7 p.m. "The way we treat each other from here until August could very well determine how we do in November."
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June 3, 2008; 2:44 PM ET
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