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. U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has the support of one Oklahoma superdelegate. The state's remaining six superdelegates are uncommitted to any candidate. Clinton won 55 percent of the votes in Oklahoma's Feb. 5 presidential primary, compared with 31 percent of the votes cast for Obama. As a result, Clinton was awarded 24 delegates and Obama was granted 14 delegates from Oklahoma at the national convention, Aug. 25-28 in Denver. "He (Obama) is a strong, committed and inspirational leader, ideally suited to bring together Democrats, independents and Republicans,” Henry said. Henry said in January he wasn't vying to be the running mate for any of the Democratic presidential contenders, but he said he would consider the possibility if asked.