Service Union to Back Obama

Endorsement of powerful SEIU likely to help with Texas' Latinos, in blue-collar Ohio
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 6:44 PM CST
Service Union to Back Obama
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a town hall meeting in Waukesha, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. The powerful Service Employees International Union will endorse Obama today or tomorrow, Politico reports. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)   (Associated Press)

The giant Service Employees International Union will endorse Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential nomination race, Politico reports, with the move expected tonight or tomorrow. The union's national front had remained neutral in the primary campaign, though many of its state committees had backed now-departed John Edwards. The SEIU has a major presence among Latinos in Texas, whose primary/caucus is March 4.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union also endorsed Obama today, the Chicago Tribune reports in its Swamp blog, and its president confirmed the SEIU's impending announcement. The blue-collar support will likely come in handy in Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin; Ohio, which like Texas votes March 4, also has a large working-class electorate. (Read more Service Employees International Union stories.)

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