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Published: Monday, 4/28/2008

N.C. Gov. Easley to endorse Clinton


RALEIGH, N.C. A person close to North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley told The Associated Press Monday he will endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

Easley is a Democratic superdelegate who has served as the state s governor for two terms. His decision comes despite several recent polls showing Clinton trailing rival Barack Obama ahead of the state s May 6 primary.

Easley would be just the second superdelegate from North Carolina to endorse Clinton. Six of the state s 17 superdelegates have endorsed Obama.

A former state attorney general, Easley has focused largely on education programs during his eight-year tenure. He s called on both of the presidential candidates to take more about he issue.

The person spoke to the AP on a condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not yet been made.

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