- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama earned another victory in the District yesterday, two weeks after his resounding win in the city’s presidential primary.

The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination picked up the superdelegate support of the District’s two shadow senators — moves that mean he continues to win the support of the party insiders who could decide which Democrat becomes the nominee.

“Barack Obama inspired voters from every part of Washington, D.C., to turn out on primary day and give him victories in every single voting precinct,” said D.C. shadow Sen. Paul Strauss, who endorsed Mr. Obama with fellow Sen. Michael D. Brown. “His diverse experience, from his days as an urban community organizer to his service in the U.S. Senate, proves he is qualified and ready to unite us and lead our nation.”

Among the nearly 800 superdelegates, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton held the lead in endorsements with 241, according to a tally by the Associated Press. But Mr. Obama picked up endorsements from superdelegates Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota yesterday and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory on Monday, bringing his total to 187 with the backing of Mr. Brown and Mr. Strauss.

Mr. Brown said he supported Mr. Obama in hopes that the senator will bring about the “full restoration of rights” to D.C. residents.

Both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton have said they support granting the District a full vote in Congress, but the senator from Illinois won 75 percent of the vote in the city’s Feb. 12 primary.

“I proudly stand with my constituents in supporting his candidacy and pledge my assistance to help him win the nomination of our party and become the next president of the United States,” Mr. Brown said.

The District had 15 delegates at stake in the primary but has 23 superdelegates — more than all but seven states. The city’s position also is unusual because no state has more superdelegates than delegates.

If neither Democrat emerges from the primary season with the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination, the party’s 796 superdelegates — who are not required to reflect the choices of their home-state voters and can switch their pledged support — would cast the tie-breaking votes.

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