Another Missouri superdelegate picks Obama

Tuesday, June 3, 2008 | 1:19 p.m. CDT; updated 9:49 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo.—Presidential candidate Barack Obama claimed a Democratic superdelegate from Missouri on Tuesday, leaving the candidate about 40 superdelegates shy of the total he needs to move forward with the nomination.

State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal announced at a news conference her endorsement of Obama in his bid for the party's nomination. Obama won Chappelle-Nadal's legislative district in the state's Feb. 5 primary and narrowly carried the state.

Chappelle-Nadal said she had a hard time choosing between Obama and Hillary Rodham-Clinton. She felt they both were outstanding candidates.

"So what is the one compelling thing one candidate brings to the table?" she said. "Well, the answer is inspiration and involvement. Not since John Kennedy was nominated in 1960 have so many people been involved in the democratic process."

Obama now has the support of six Missouri superdelegates, while Clinton is supported by five. Five others remain undecided.

Obama is expected to claim his party's nomination Tuesday night or soon after.

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