Veteran Civil Rights Leader to Back Obama

Rep. John Lewis is backing Barack. The prominent Congressman and civil rights leader from the Atlanta area has dropped his support for Hillary Clinton and will support the Illinois Senator's bid to win the White House, according to newspaper reports.

He is the most visible civil rights leader to defect from the Clinton camp in the face of near-majority black support for Barack Obama in recent primaries and caucuses. He is a superdelegate who will get a vote at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Denver. Lewis says, "it's been a long, hard difficult struggle to come to where I am."

"But when I am, as a superdelegate, I plan to cast my vote at the convention for Obama."

North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan also announced his endorsement of Obama on Wednesday, primarily on trade issues.


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