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The beginning of a trend, or just a one-time thing? North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield has switched his endorsement from John Edwards to Barack Obama:
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president. The Wilson Democrat had previously backed former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.Will voters follow Buttefield's move? More from Matt Stoller at Open Left:
In a statement from the Obama campaign, Butterfield was quoted as saying that he believes that Edwards is basically out of the race. "In what has become a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, I believe our country needs Senator Barack Obama," Butterfield said in the statement.
It's not clear who wins the Edwards voters. There is evidence either way. Demographically, Edwards supporters are closer to Clinton supporters, but in terms of who they went for in 2004 they are closer to Obama supporters. With Clinton nearly taking 50% in the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll, and a set of national primaries coming on February 5th, whether Edwards stays in or collapses may determine whether Obama has a shot.