Ted Kennedy to Endorse Obama

Critical nod a new blow to Clinton ahead of Super Duper Tuesday
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2008 1:52 PM CST
Ted Kennedy to Endorse Obama
Ted Kennedy is expected to endorse Barack Obama's bid for the White House tomorrow, insiders say. Kennedy is expected to actively campaign for Obama, particularly among voters critical in the Super Duper Tuesday contests.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Ted Kennedy, the heir to his slain brothers' Camelot ideal, will endorse Barack Obama's bid for the Oval Office tomorrow, the Boston Globe reports, ending his year-long seat on the fence and giving the candidate's surging chances a second Kennedy boost in a day. The Democratic godfather's coveted nod is a crushing blow for longtime family friend Hillary Clinton just ahead of the critical Super Duper Tuesday contests.

The Kennedy scion believes Obama can "transcend race," and forge unity, an insider tells the Boston Globe. "Having him pass on the torch [to Obama] is of incredible significance. It's historic," said another Democrat. Kennedy will actively campaign for Obama, according to an aide. The announcement is expected tomorrow morning alongside niece Caroline Kennedy, who today also endorsed Obama. (Read more Ted Kennedy stories.)

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