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    February 15, 2008

    John Lewis switches to Obama

    Posted by: Andoni

    Obamalewis Civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.), who had endorsed Hillary Clinton last fall and is a superdelegate told the New York Times:

    I’ve been very impressed with the campaign of Senator Obama. He’s getting better and better every single day.

    And with that the Atlanta congressman said he was going to vote for Obama as a superdelegate at the Democratic convention in Denver. Lewis' congressional district voted for Obama over Clinton 3 to 1. Lewis said he still had high regard for Hillary Clinton and had not yet decided whether to formally withdraw his endorsement of Senator Clinton and give it to Senator Obama.

    My opinion is that the damage is already done. It doesn't matter matter whether he formally withdraws his Clinton endorsement and gives it to Obama. The message has been sent, and everyone knows where he stands.

    Also today, Christine "Roz" Samuels, a superdelegate from New Jersey  switched from Clinton to Obama. This is in addition to Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) who switched from Clinton to Obama. Two other superdelegates withdrew their endorsement of Senator Clinton today, but decided to remain neutral for the time being.

    This is the movement I predicted in my post the other day stating that if Obama won Virginia and Maryland big and started eating into Clinton's demographics (which he did), we would start seeing an erosion of Clinton support and a switch to Obama. Watch for more defections over the next few days. And if Obama wins Wisconsin, the trickle will turn into a steady stream.

    I don't think Obama has this won yet, but if he keeps on winning, the delegate numbers will take care of themselves as superdelegates decide to get behind a winner, and we avoid a floor fight at the convention.



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    1. john lewis furniture on Dec 4, 2008 5:44:49 PM:

      hes made a good switch then

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