Wyden endorses Obama
The last uncommitted Oregon Democratic superdelegate - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden - said 'me too' Wednesday morning.
After dozens of Democratic superdelegates announced their endorsements of Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for president Tuesday - the day of the final Democratic primaries in South Dakota and Montana - Wyden announced his support Wednesday morning.
By then, the events Tuesday - including endorsements from two other Oregon superdelegates - had already given Obama the delegates he needed to secure the Democratic nomination for president, over U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Wyden's office announced his endorsement in a written statement Wednesday morning, which indicated that Wyden planned to join Obama in Washington D.C. later in the day.
'I would gladly have worked hard to elect either Sen. Obama or Sen. Clinton, but fortunately, the nation's choice has been made, as it should have been, not by the superdelegates, but by the grassroots voters,' Wyden said as part of the written statement. 'The voters of Oregon certainly spoke clearly on the subject, and my vote will enthusiastically reflect their decision to nominate Sen. Obama.'
Obama beat Clinton in Oregon's Democratic presidential primary by almost 20 percentage points.
While Wyden had officially remained neutral in the highly competitive race with Clinton, some parts of his office were not neutral. Wyden's chief of staff, Josh Kardon, was Clinton's Oregon campaign chairman.
Late on Tuesday afternoon, the two other undecided superdelegates - Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and Frank Dixon of Portland, vice chairman of the Democratic Party of Oregon - both said they planned to support Obama at the late-August convention in Denver.
Dixon said he would follow Oregonians' wishes in the primary election and support Obama.
'I can find no compelling reason not to represent the voters of Oregon, who overwhelmingly chose Sen. Obama,' Dixon said.