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John Lewis, More CBC Members Shifting to Obama?

Sen. Barack Obama, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Sen. Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, march with a crowd to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in March 2007. Scott Olson, Getty Images hide caption

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News Headlines: Feb. 15, 2007

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New York Times: John Lewis, a Clinton Ally, Tilts to Obama — "Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention."

Lewis' staffers say he isn't changing his endorsement of Clinton; but reports indicate he will cast his superdelegate vote for Obama. Some say it could lead to a larger defection of CBC Clinton supporters to Obama's camp:

Mr. Lewis, who carries great influence among other members of Congress, disclosed his decision in an interview in which he said that as a superdelegate he could "never, ever do anything to reverse the action" of the voters of his district, who overwhelmingly supported Mr. Obama. Representative David Scott of Georgia, who was among the first to defect, said he, too, would not go against the will of voters in his district.

Do you think Lewis made the decision based on the overwhelming support of Obama among his constituents? Or is it because the civil rights activist doesn't want to be on the "wrong side of history" if Obama gets the nomination? What will be the larger impact of this?

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UPDATE: Lewis' Office: Report "Is Not Accurate"

Lewis' office says he is not dropping his support of Hillary Clinton — as we mentioned above. His office, however, has not yet clarified the reporting about how he will cast his vote as a superdelegate.

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