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Moore, Perdue endorsements of Obama should bring votes, risks

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RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina's two leading Democratic candidates for governor are carefully publicizing their support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, mostly to black residents. One reason for the unusual early presidential endorsement of Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton is that Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and State Treasurer Richard Moore are struggling to get attention because so many are focused on the national election. The move may help them in the May 6 primary, but could be a problem for the winner in the November general election. Meredith College professor Clyde Frazier says conventional wisdom says you don't endorse candidates in other races. But he says endorsing Obama is the way to win votes. The presidential contender often has been considered a drag on the state ticket because they are perceived as too liberal for North Carolina voters. Jimmy Carter was the last Democrat to win North Carolina. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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