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Obama leads today's superdelegate count with 13 endorsements (10.5 superdelegate votes)
Clinton has one endorsement from a Florida superdelegate for .5
Maria Chappelle-Nadal (MO) has announced her support for Obama, and will be officially endorsing later today:
Michigan superdelegate Joyce Lalonde endorses Barack Obama:
She said she privately had shifted between Clinton and Obama for months. But in the end, the deciding factor was the enthusiasm that Obama has generated among young people and unaligned independents, said Chappelle-Nadal.
"This is a year that the mere existence of a single candidate, Barack Obama, has inspired people in my district to believe in the greater good," Chappelle-Nadal said. - STLToday
Lalonde said, "I find the Senator to be a strong supporter of public education. His education platform gives great hope to the children of the United States that every child is entitled to a quality public education. I applaud Senator Obama's endorsement of creating an educational system that puts our children first. With his leadership, we will move away from a nation of test bubblers to a nation of highly educated individuals that will return us to global leadership in all areas. I am excited to begin the campaign that brings America to the best that it can be."Massachusetts Representative John Olver has endorsed Obama
"I think he gave more of a vision where he wanted to go," Olver said, in explaining his ultimate decision to back Obama over U.S. Sen. Hillary R. Clinton, D-N.Y. "Hillary was all about competence and experience," Olver said, but added that he was critical of her vote to allow the U.S. invasion into Iraq and that her experience was largely due to her role as First Lady and not through executive experience.Michigan Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick has endorsed Obama
"I though Barack made a good case for himself in his presentation," Olver said. "He does a wonderful speech and really inspires people. The last several years have been really a bummer."
“We are at a very important time for our nation today and we must unite together to win in November. I am proud to announce my support for Barack Obama. From his years fighting for the poor on the South Side of Chicago to his proven commitment to working families in the United States Senate, Barack has proven he can lift up our nation and put the needs of our families and children first. We need change in our country today, and we need a leader who will end the war in Iraq and end the eight years of the failed policies of George W. Bush. Our families and our children deserve more – they deserve a President who has fought for change his entire life, and brought real results. Today we are uniting behind Barack Obama, and together we can win in November.”DNC Debbie Dingell (MI)* has endorsed Obama
Now, as the nominating process comes to an end, it is time to unite behind Barack Obama, who will be our Democratic nominee for the White House. Senator Obama has shown me and he has shown the American people that he represents change – a change that this country desperately needs after seven and a half long years of the Bush White House. He will lead our party to victory in November, carrying Michigan for the Democrats by running a campaign focused on bringing change to working families.DNC Richard Wiener (MI)* has endorsed Obama
"We have had many outstanding candidates. It is clear that Senator Obama will prevail as our nominee. It is time to unite as a party behind our candidate and close a historic primary season."Maine DNC member Jennifer DeChant has endorsed Obama
Jennifer DeChant, Democratic National Committeewoman for Maine, says it's the end of the primary season and it's clear after the party's state convention that the Illinois senator is the choice of a majority of the delegates.Ohio DNC member Joyce Beatty has endorsed Obama
"I have spoken to Sen. Obama several times about his ideas for moving our nation past the failed policies of the Bush administration," Beatty said in a statement. "I like Sen. Obama's stances on issues important to all Americans, and I am proud that an African-American has the trust and the support of people across all cross-sections of our society in this historic campaign. He has brought energy and an excitement to this race that inspires people, and he is the right person for the job."Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has endorsed Obama
“I enthusiastically pledge my support to Senator Barack Obama, who will bring much needed hope, change and leadership to take our country in a new direction,” the mayor said in a prepared statement. “I will work hard to ensure he will be victorious in November.”South Carolina Representative John Spratt has endorsed Obama
I've been leaning that way for a long while, but keeping my powder dry," he said. "Look, I could support several of any contenders in this primary. If Hillary had a majority of the votes at this point, or the prospect of it, I would consider supporting her. She's run an impressive race. But according to Democratic Party rules, I think Obama has earned the Democratic nomination. It's time to rally behind him, unite the party and go for the real prize."Massachusetts DNC member Deb Kozikowsi has endorsed Obama
"I made a commitment to wait until the end of the primary process and now it is time to make my choice. Barack Obama has won my support for President. Hillary Clinton ran a great race, I respect her hard work and commitment to the issues I care about, but Senator Obama's message of bringing our country together is in sync with the agenda of building rural-urban partnerships for the good of all of America.Florida DNC member Jon Ausman has endorsed Clinton
“This is not about personal animosty, its about bringing the country together,” said Ausman, who wants to see an Obama-Clinton ticket in the fall.California DNC member John Perez has endorsed Obama
Ausman said he was leaning toward Obama until a call from Clinton this morning. “She has hundreds of thousands of supperters he needs and we need to work together,” Ausman said.
Los Angeles labor organizer and superdelegate John A. Perez said that he would back Obama because he "is in the best position to lead this party forward to November."Mississippi Democratic Party Vice-Chair Carnelia Fondren (MS) has endorsed Obama
Perez expressed confidence that the current Democratic schisms will heal, but he does not necessarily advocate speeding that process with an Obama-Clinton ticket. "I don't know that it is desirable for Sen. Clinton to be vice president," he said. "She is an amazing legislator. I think she's got a long and very positive future in the Senate."
Fondren said Obama's rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, "has run an honorable, impressive campaign."
Fondren said Obama is "an equally impressive presidential candidate" and "a dynamic leader who offers a compelling vision for the future of our nation and the state of Mississippi."
Reported upcoming endorsements: Former President Jimmy Carter, Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA), DNC Ralph Dawson (NY), Gov. Bill Ritter (CO), Sen Ken Salazar (CO), Gov. Brian Schweitzer (MT), Sen. Max Baucas (MT), Sen. Jon Tester (MT) and Margaret Campbell who endorsed Obama but had to back down due to her vice-chair position in the Montana Democratic Party.
Update: We have confirmation from the Obama campaign that Edwards pledged delegate Fred McDowell from Florida has switched to Obama. We have added .5 for Obama and taken away .5 from Edwards.