Democratic presidential hopeful,Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga,. meet during a campaign stop in this Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 file photo, (AP)
Washington (AP) Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he's “deeply honored” to have the support of civil rights leader John Lewis, a former Hillary Clinton supporter.
Lewis, a democratic congressman from Atlanta, is the most prominent member of black leadership to defect from the Clinton campaign. Lewis is also a superdelegate who gets a vote at this summer's national convention in Denver. His endorsement had been a coveted prize among the democratic candidates.
Obama hailed Lewis as “an american hero and a giant of the civil rights movement.”
Lewis had originally announced his support for Clinton in October and appeared on her behalf on television and at events across the country.
But Lewis came under intense pressure to get behind Obama after his constituents supported the Illinois senator roughly 3-to-1 in the Georgia primary.
Lewis' announcement comes the same day another superdelegate, Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, endorsed Obama, citing the presidential hopeful's record on trade.