Sunday, June 01, 2008

Maine Superdelegate Phillips Endorses Obama

ap: AUGUSTA, Maine—Barack Obama picked up a national delegate from Maine on Sunday as the Democratic State Convention closed.

Delegates ratified the party chairman's nomination of Gwethalyn Phillips of Bangor, a former state party official, as an "unpledged add-on" delegate as specified in party rules. But Maine Democratic Party Executive Director Arden Manning said Phillips was recognized as an active Obama supporter.

Phillips, who played a lead role in the Maine presidential campaign of Bill Clinton in 1992, said in a telephone interview she has been involved with the Obama effort this time around, "in Penobscot County in particular."

Putting her in the Obama column brings Maine's national delegate total to 19 for Obama and 10 for Hillary Clinton, with three superdelegates not yet committed.