Obama gets AG superdelegate's support

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Catherine Cortez Masto LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Tuesday endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, helping the Illinois senator to become his party's nominee.

Catherine Cortez Masto

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Tuesday endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, helping the Illinois senator to become his party's nominee.

Masto, a superdelegate, waited until the final votes were cast in Montana and South Dakota before announcing her decision.

Tuesday marked the end to the 2008 primary season.

After a protracted primary contest, Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, beat out Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for the nomination.

Obama will battle Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona in November's general election.

"It is now time for the Democratic Party to unite behind one candidate," Cortez-Masto said in her announcement. "Through a unified Party we will defeat John McCain in November."

The first-term attorney general said she looks forward to working with Obama "to create positive change for the citizens of Nevada and the United States."

Cortez-Masto was among four Nevada superdelegates who remained uncommitted in the primary race.

Other attorneys general who serve this year as superdelegates are Clinton-backer Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Terry Goddard of Arizona and Jay Nixon of Missouri, both of whom remained uncommitted.

From Legal Newsline: Reach reporter Chris Rizo by e-mail at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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