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Klobuchar to endorse Obama

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will announce Monday morning that she is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for president, a source familiar with her plans said Sunday night.

Klobuchar, one of Minnesota's three uncommitted Democratic superdelegates, has indicated in the past that she was leaning toward Obama over his opponent, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the race for the nomination.

Earlier this month Klobuchar told The New York Times: "Barack's impressive showing in our state is attractive to me," referring to the Illinois senator's victory in Minnesota's caucuses last month.

Klobuchar joins eight other Minnesota superdelegates who are supporting Obama: Reps. Jim Oberstar, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Betty McCollum and Democratic National Committee members Mee Moua, Ken Foxworth, Brian Melendez and Donna Cassutt.

Clinton has the backing of three Minnesota superdelegates: former Vice President Walter Mondale and DNC members Jackie Stevenson and Rick Stafford. Two other Minnesota superdelegates remain uncommitted: DNC member Nancy Larson and Rep. Collin Peterson.

Roger Buoen is a MinnPost managing editor.

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