Democrat Barack Obama on Wednesday, received a major boost to his efforts to unify the party behind his bid for the White House, after former US presidential candidate John Edwards endorsed him.
This endorsement helped blunt the impact of Hillary’s landslide 41-point win over Obama in West Virginia on Tuesday. That result barely put a dent in Obama’s lead in the Democratic race for the right to face Republican John McCain in November’s Presidential election.
Obama has an almost unassailable advantage in delegates who will pick the nominee at the party’s convention in August, and has turned his attention to a general election match-up with McCain for the past week. He gained the support on Wednesday of four more superdelegates, party officials who are free to back any candidate, as well as the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The backing of Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, could aid Obama’s efforts to win the support of the white working-class voters who have flocked to Clinton in recent contests.