January 22, 2008
U.S. Representative Rick Boucher is endorsing Barack Obama for president.
The decision to support Obama comes three weeks before Virginia's Republican and Democratic presidential primaries February 12th.
Boucher describes Obama as "the Democratic Party's most compelling candidate."
Governor Tim Kaine endorsed Obama nearly a year ago, and Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder followed suit earlier this month. Fellow U.S. Representative Bobby Scott is also supporting Obama.
White voters comprise 94 percent of Boucher's district in southwestern Virginia. But constituents there have previously supported Wilder, who became the nation's first black governor in 1989.
Obama, Hillary Clinton and former Senator John Edwards have each campaigned in Virginia several times.