Sweet: UPDATE Obama endorsed by former Sen. Lincoln Chafee--a Republican turned Independent. Clinton congressional backers huddle in Washington.

SHARE Sweet: UPDATE Obama endorsed by former Sen. Lincoln Chafee--a Republican turned Independent. Clinton congressional backers huddle in Washington.

WASHINGTON–UPDATE Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), now an independent, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Thursday. He cited Obama’s opposition to the Iraq war before he was in the Senate and his ability “to be moral and just and to bring people together.”

Chafee said “I’m sure Sen. McCain will understand.” Independents can vote in the Democratic primary in Rhode Island. While in the Senate, Chafee was part of a group of moderate Republicans who often crossed party lines.

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Barack Obama is taking Valentines Day off, staying in Chicago.

Meanwhile, the Clinton team was asking congressional backers to huddle this morning (not at the Virginia headquarters) to discuss superdelegate wrangling and other strategy.

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