WISCONSINREPORT.COM (02/13/08) - Even though New York Senator Hillary Clinton lost three more states to Barack Obama in the Democrats Presidential Primary process yesterday, the former first lady had news of her own. Former Ohio Senator and astronaut John Glenn announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Clinton's campaign expects their candidate to do well in Ohio and Texas primaries, which are two huge delegate states next in line in the primary process after Wisconsin. Hillary is campaigning in Texas already, while Barack Obama makes the campaign rounds in Wisconsin, preparing state voters for next Tuesday's Wisconsin Primary.
"With all of the challenges facing Ohio and America, we need a leader who can deliver real solutions on her first day in office," Senator Glenn said when he announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary Clinton will immediately go to work turning around our economy and rebuilding the middle class. She has the strength and experience to take on the Republicans in November and win Ohio and the White House," Glenn stated.
Former Senator Glenn was the third American to fly in space aboard the Friendship 7 in 1962, and received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978. After retiring from NASA, Sen. Glenn served the people of Ohio in the United States Senate from 1974 to 1999, the longest tenure of any Ohio Senator in history.
John Glenn began his career as a Marine Corps and Air Force pilot, flying combat missions during World War II and later Korea.
"I am deeply honored to have the support of Senator Glenn, a true American hero," Hillary Clinton said. "With his help, we’ll bring our message of change across Ohio."
Hillary Clinton flew to Texas yesterday to speak to a group of supporters, while Barack Obama flew to Madison, Wisconsin to speak to 17,000 people at the Kohl Center. Obama and the crowd at Madison were excited and elated following Obama's primary victories in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia yesterday.
The current pledged primary delegate count between the two Democrats after Tuesday's Primaries has given Barack Obama a bigger lead over Hillary Clinton. Obama now has 1078 delegates gained as the result of the primaries to date, while Hillary Clinton's tally now stands at 969, according to MSNBC statisticians.
Political commentators are saying, if the known Super Delegate figures committed to each of the candidates at this time are included, the delegate totals would nearly be identical.
Commentators and statisticians also point out that the elected officials, leaders of the party, and political activists, which are among the Super Delegates, can change their allegiance at any time, and that many of them have not yet committed to a candidate.
Hillary Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, has been campaigning in Wisconsin for her mother this week, and, Barack Obama is making campaign stops in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Waukesha, Janesville, and Oshkosh areas.
Hillary is expected to come to Wisconsin for a Weekend appearance at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Founders Day Gala in Milwaukee. Mrs. Clinton will share the stage with Barack Obama at the Founders Gala.
Up until the Saturday, February 16th appearance at the Founders Gala, Hillary Clinton is campaigning at several locations in Texas and Ohio, according to her campaign, at this writing.
Earlier this week, the Wisconsin for Hillary campaign announced that President Bill Clinton would campaign for Hillary in the Badger State on Thursday, February 14. The President was scheduled to stop in Milwaukee, Madison and La Crosse on Valentines Day.