He didn't do it when Iowans could have been influenced by his choice, but now Iowa Governor Chet Culver has decided to endorse Barack Obama for President. This could be pretty important if the Obama/Clinton race keeps going. Culver would be considered one of Iowa's "superdelegates". They have weighted importance, although I'm really going to have to brush up on all of this. When is the last time any of this even mattered?
Culver stayed neutral in the race before the Caucuses last month, but his wife, Mari, endorsed and campaigned for John Edwards (I'm told by the staff that she is now considered "uncommitted".
The Governor is supposed to give his endorsement at a rally in Omaha. But as I write this, I'm told by our folks at NBC, they're still waiting for him to show up (it's about 4:15pm now). The rally, as you can see by the invitation below, was scheduled to start at 3:30pm. But Culver's plane hadn't even left Des Moines by that time. Update: I'm told the rally started at 3:30, but Culver wasn't supposed to take the stage til much later. I'll have to pass that along to our network folks...
OBAMA at Omaha Civic Auditorium (Meeting)
Please join Barack Obama at a 'Stand for Change' Rally in Omaha, where he'll talk about his vision for bringing America together and bringing about the kind of change we can believe in.
Stand for Change Rally with Barack Obama
Omaha Civic Auditorium1804 Capitol AveOmaha, NE 68102Thursday, February 7
DOORS OPEN: 3:30 p.m.