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BREAKING: Bill Richardson Endorses Barack Obama

MSNBC: New Mexico - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him

MSNBC:

New Mexico - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a "once-in-a- lifetime leader" who can unite the nation and restore America's international leadership.

Richardson, who dropped out of the Democratic race in January, is to appear with Obama on Friday at a campaign event in Portland, Ore., The Associated Press has learned.

The governor's endorsement comes as Obama leads among delegates selected at primaries and caucuses but with national public opinion polling showing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton pulling ahead of him amid controversy over statements by his former pastor. Read on...

Richardson is the second former Democratic presidential candidate to endorse Senator Obama. This could help him with hispanic voters and perhaps sway some of Richardson's supporters to the Obama campaign. There is some debate about endorsements and their true impact on an election. Richardson's endorsement certainly doesn't hurt Obama, but does it make a real impact?

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