Source: Montana’s Superdelegates to Back Obama if He Wins Primary

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A source close to Montana’s three high-ranking Democrats tells The Associated Press that the superdelegates, along with two others, are expected to back Barack Obama if the Illinois senator wins the state’s primary Tuesday night.

U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, along with Gov. Brian Schweitzer and two other party officials, are expected to jointly announce their endorsements once the Montana election is decided, according to the source who is familiar with the Democrats’ discussions.

Polls have shown Obama to have an edge in the state over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both have fought hard for the endorsements of the key Democrats.

Montana and South Dakota hold the final primaries Tuesday. Obama is close to securing the nomination — less than 40 delegates away. The results of the primaries, along with endorsements from superdelegates, could be enough to hand Obama the nomination Tuesday.

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