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In Oklahoma: Henry backs Obama

By Michael McNutt Modified: April 23, 2008 at 8:50 am •  Published: April 23, 2008
Gov. Brad Henry, who said earlier he would not endorse a Democratic presidential candidate until this summer's national convention, announced this morning he is supporting Barack Obama.

The endorsement means Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois who finished second in Oklahoma's presidential primary earlier this year, picked up one more superdelegate.

"Senator Obama is uniquely positioned to unite our nation and move beyond the divisiveness and partisan skirmishes that too often characterize politics as usual in Washington,” said Henry, who is in the middle of his second term.

"Senator Obama and his positive message reflect the best of America,” Henry said.

The Democratic governor, in a statement released by Obama's campaign, pledged to Obama his support as a superdelegate at the convention.

Obama said: "I am proud to have Governor Henry's support today as we continue to build our grassroots movement for change. ...We're fortunate to have Governor Henry's backing, and I look forward to working with him in the months ahead to bring about real change not just for Oklahomans, but all Americans.”

‘Inspirational leader'
Henry is the third superdelegate, or party insider, from Oklahoma to back Obama.

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