In this Friday, May 9, 2008 picture, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a rally in the Memorial Quad on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore. Oregon is fertile ground for Obama, the self-described "change" candidate. The state that has led the way in everything from bike trails to assisted suicide is also the first to vote entirely by mail. Oregon's 2 million-plus voters began receiving ballots more than two weeks ago, and 22 percent have returned them, according to the secretary of state's office. (AP Photo/Ryan Gardner)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates is endorsing Barack Obama's bid for the party's presidential nomination.
Gates, one of Kansas' superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention, said Monday he was backing Obama for his ability to win in Republican-dominated states and "his positive campaign.''
Gates joins Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, who have endorsed Obama's campaign over Hillary Rodham Clinton. All three are among the state's superdelegates to the national convention this summer in Denver.
Obama defeated Clinton in the Kansas caucuses in February.
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