MoveOn, 2 Top Unions Tap Obama

Calif. service workers, NY transit employees had endorsed Edwards
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2008 5:09 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., walks outside the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.,Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama scored three major endorsements today, winning the support of the liberal activist group MoveOn and two influential unions that had backed John Edwards. MoveOn’s members voted for Obama over Hillary Clinton, 70.4% to 29.6%. The candidate crowed that the group has “demonstrated that real change comes not from the top down, but from the bottom up,” MSNBC reports.

The union nods came from California’s 650,000-member SEIU branch, which has a large Latino contingent, and New York City's Transport Workers Union, which represents bus and subway workers, the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, Bill Richardson has not yet delivered his coveted endorsement, but the ex-candidate will watch the Super Bowl with Bill Clinton.