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State Demo Party chairman is another superdelegate vote for…Obama…

Dwight Pelz, chairman of the Washington State Democrats and one of the state's Democratic "superdelegates" in what turned out to be a fiercely contested Democratic nomination fight, today said that he's supporting Barack Obama.

"Barack Obama can win this election, and has clearly energized a generation of voters that hunger for change, helping inspire a critical voting block for Democrats for the future,"
Pelz wrote. ("Block" is cq.)

And he gave a concise preview of the summer-to-fall political ad season with his description of presumptive GOP nominee John McCain: "...the tired, old, recycled ideas of Bush Republicanism embodied by the militaristic and fiercely conservative John McCain..."

Pelz said he's gained enormous respect for Hillary Clinton and that the months-long vetting of both top Democratic candidates has made the party stronger.

"I have no doubt that Sen. Clinton would be a tough, thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate and supremely-prepared President of the United States.

At this point in time, however, I feel the voters have spokesn, that Sen. Obama will be our nominee, and that it is time for us as Democrats to being the final stretch of this historic 2008 campaign to take back America. It is time to unify our party around one candidate."

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