AFL-CIO to hold off on endorsement in presidential primary

CHICAGO (AP) -- The nation's largest labor federation will not immediately endorse any of the Democratic presidential candidates in next year's primary.

Draft copies of a statement provided to The Associated Press say the AFL-CIO made the decision in part because union members say that all of the Democratic candidates "are impressive."

The decision means that the AFL-CIO's 55 unions are now free to endorse whoever they want. Several unions already have made plans to endorse after Labor Day.

Many expected this decision following last night's presidential forum at Chicago's Soldier Field. Seven of the eight Democratic candidates appeared to have some support in the crowd.

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