Clinton's Black Allies Defecting

John Lewis may switch vote; another House member already has
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 8:09 AM CST
Clinton's Black Allies Defecting
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., greets supporters following his address at a town hall meeting in Waukesha, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton is starting to lose the support of prominent black leaders—and superdelegates— who previously backed her. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who carries great influence in Congress, says he's now tilting toward Barack Obama. Another Georgia Democrat, David Scott, already switched, the AP reports. “Something is happening in America," Lewis said, "and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”

The pressure on black lawmakers who endorsed Clinton months ago is increasing. Obama supporter Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told congressional colleague Emanuel Cleaver: "If it comes down to the last day and you're the only superdelegate, do you want to go down in history as the one to prevent a black from winning the White House?" Cleaver said he'd think about it. (Read more Democratic National Convention stories.)

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