Kansas governor endorses Obama


Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, and his wife, Michelle, right, wave as they step off the stage after a rally, in Columbia, S.C. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008.

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Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11:33 a.m.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she will endorse Democrat Barack Obama for president.

Her announcement came hours ahead of Obama's rally in El Dorado, the hometown of his grandfather on his mother's side, and one week before the Kansas caucuses, which are part of the Super Tuesday contests Feb. 5.

Democratic presidential candidates long had sought Sebelius' backing in a state that George W. Bush carried by large margins in the 2000 and 2004 elections. No Democratic nominee for the White House has won Kansas' electoral votes since 1964.

But Sebelius, now in her second term, has shown an ability to triumph in GOP territory. She won re-election in 2006 with nearly 58 percent of the vote. In Kansas, less than 27 percent of the voters are registered Democrats.

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