Obama Pulls Even With Congress Superdels

Wright flap hasn't kept Obama from piling up endorsements, pulling even with Clinton
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 12:00 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – With three endorsements yesterday, Barack Obama has caught up to Hillary Clinton among Congress' superdelegates; in a race Clinton once dominated, the Democrats have each been endorsed by 97. In a positive sign for Obama, many of his recent converts have come from Republican-leaning constituencies—though swing-staters say they're no longer sure Obama would be a less divisive general-election candidate than Clinton.

Obama passed Clinton among their Senate colleagues with Monday’s nod from New Mexico's Jeff Bingaman, the Washington Post reports—and then pulled even in the Capitol overall yesterday. The front-runner is now within 20 in the overall superdelegate count, a major development in a field Clinton once led by triple digits.