Friday, February 15, 2008

John Lewis To Cast DNC Vote for Obama

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The Nation -- Georgia Congressman John Lewis, the Civil Rights movement veteran whose early and until-now steady support helped Hillary Clinton maintain a measure of political credibility in the African-American community, has announced that he will cast his superdelegate vote at this summer's Democratic National Convention for Barack Obama.

Lewis is not formally switching his endorsement from Clinton to Obama at this point -- although the former aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. suggests that such a shift could come in short order. But his pledge to vote for the Illinois senator at the convention certainly increases the pressure on superdelegates who represent congressional districts and states that vote for Obama -- especially African-American federal and state officials -- to embrace the will of their constituents.
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