NYT – Top black leader drops Clinton to back Obama

Last updated February 14, 2008 8:46 p.m. PT

Ex-first lady sharpens attack on rival

By JEFF ZELENY AND PATRICK HEALY
THE NEW YORK TIMES

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Rep. John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s prominent black supporters, said on Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Sen. Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

“In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”

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