Carter Closer to Backing Obama

Former president, superdelegate coy in dangling endorsement
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 4:59 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his assassination at a town hall meeting at Wayne High School in Fort...   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Jimmy Carter all but endorsed Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential nominee, Reuters reports. His home state of Georgia went to Obama, Carter reminded a Nigerian newspaper, and his children and their families support the Illinois senator. "As a superdelegate,” he continued, “I would not disclose who I am rooting for but I leave it to you to make that guess."

In response, a Clinton spokesman stressed Hillary and Bill’s respect for Carter, saying, "He is free to make whatever decision he thinks is appropriate." Meanwhile, an Associated Press tally finds Obama to be closing in on Clinton’s superdelegate lead, which has fallen to 30, from 87 in February and 106 in December.