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February 6, 2008 12:15 PM

SEIU endorses Obama

Posted by David Postman

Washington locals of SEIU just announced it is endorsing Barack Obama for president. The union, one of the largest in the state, makes its endorsement three days before Washingotn's Democratic caucuses. State SEIU locals had been among those around the country that endorsed John Edwards. The announcement was made in a conference call by Congressman Adam Smith.

Three presidents of state locals of the Service Employees International Union were on the call with Smith and told reporters that they believe they can still have an impact on Saturday's caucus. David Rolf, of SEIU 775, said, "Between now and Saturday moring we are all not going to rest and we are going to turn every SEIU Obama suppoter out" for the caucuses.

Obama will be in Seattle Friday, though details on that are not yet available.

Diane Sosne, president of SEIU's nurse's union 1199, said Obama is "awakening the sleeping giant of the American electorate."

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