Civil Rights Leader Endorses Clinton

ATLANTA (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has picked up a key endorsement in the battle for black votes.

Civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis has given his support to the New York senator.

Appearing with Clinton at an Atlanta restaurant, Lewis said he gave Clinton his endorsement "without reservation or any hesitation."

The endorsement is a setback to Barack Obama, who is seeking to become the first black president and has counted on support from black leaders to spark his candidacy.

An Obama spokesman says the Illinois senator "looks forward" to having the support of Lewis once Obama "is the nominee."

An Associated Press-Ipsos poll taken late last month showed blacks split down the middle over Obama and Clinton in the presidential race, seeing both as on their side.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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