Sen. Barack Obama continues to pick up endorsements from newspapers and politicians across America, in advance of the 2008 presidential primaries and caucuses: Iowa state Rep. Wayne Ford of Des Moines announced his support of Obama, giving him a 20-19 lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in endorsements from Iowa lawmakers. Obama has been endorsed by all four of Iowa's black legislators. Former U.S. Rep. Berkley Bedell of Iowa endorsed Obama, saying: "I think he is the most electable in the general election among the top three, and I also believe that he has demonstrated that he can work across party lines and end this terrible bickering that has been going on between the Republicans and the Democrats." He said Obama can bring the two sides together "more so than any of the others." The Sioux City Journal endorsed Obama, stating: "Barack Obama is the Democratic candidate who best understands this critical moment in our nation's history. He is equipped to bring a fractured people together and possesses the gifts to move us forward, united with a common mission, ready to answer that call. That is why we are endorsing the U.S. senator from Illinois in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses." The Chicago Tribune reported on Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s effort over the weekend to register Democratic voters in Sumter, S.C., in advance of the state's Jan. 19 primary. Jackson, who is backing Obama, said: “People on the South Side of Chicago are waiting to hear from the state of South Carolina. People in Harlem are waiting to hear from the state of South Carolina . . . They are waiting for you to write a new chapter.” The Dallas Morning News endorsed Obama, stating: "Mr. Obama is our choice because of his consistently solid judgment, poise under pressure and ability to campaign effectively without resorting to the divisive politics of the past."
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