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Denneny Urges Superdelegates to Support Obama

Tim Craig

Doug Denneny, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 11th congressional district, has joined nearly 40 other party leaders in urging Virginia's superdelegates to endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

"I voted for Senator Obama because I believe he has the experience and judgment to lead our country," said Denneny, a retired Naval Flight Officer. "With a resounding voice, Virginia Democrats chose Senator Obama to be our party's presidential nominee, party elites should not overrule the will of the people."

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and the three Democratic House members, all superdelegates, have come out for Obama.

But Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY.) still holds the overall edge in superdelegates from Virginia because several party leaders have embraced her candidacy. On Monday, the chairs of the Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington county Democratic committees joined dozens of other Democratic leaders in launching an online petition urging all of Virginia's superdelegates to get behind Obama.

Denneny's statement could draw him support from Obama supporters in Northern Virginia.

Obama easily won the 11th congressional district in Virginia's Feb. 12 primary. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, who is also a candidate, has not picked a side in the presidential race. Former Rep. Leslie L. Byrne, also a candidate in the 11th District race, is also neutral, although her husband, Larry, is a major Clinton supporter.

By Tim Craig  |  April 8, 2008; 3:17 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig  
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