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Gregoire endorses Obama, but won’t actually vote for him, yet

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm with No Comments »
February 8, 2008 5:15 pm

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire went out on a limb when she announced Friday that she is endorsing Barack Obama. She’s known Sen. Hillary Clinton for a long time and no one would have questioned her had she endorsed Clinton.

But in introducing Obama at the rally at Key Arena Friday afternoon, Gregoire confessed to “some soul-seaching” and “a lot of debating” before she made up her mind. Saturday, the governor will attend several caucuses to make a pitch for Obama.

She will not, however, attend her own caucus and cast a vote for the Illinois senator, according to a spokesman.

She will get another shot. As a Democratic governor, Gregoire is a super delegate – meaning she can attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver and cast a vote to nominate Obama, should he make it that far.

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