Special Report: U.S. presidential election 2008
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Two prominent Latino politicians in Los Angeles endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama on Sunday after withdrawing support for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who has quit the U.S. presidential race, according to the Obama campaign.
The endorsement came from California state Senator Gil Cedillo and former state Democratic Senator Martha Escutia of Los Angeles.
Richardson dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday following fourth-place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Obama finished first in Iowa and second in New Hampshire behind New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Other Latino elected officials in California who have endorsed Obama include Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero of Los Angeles, who is chair of California Latinos for Obama, Senator Dean Florez of Bakersfield and Pomona city Mayor Norma Torres.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who had endorsed Richardson, has not endorsed another candidate yet, while Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is a national campaign chair for Clinton.
The Nevada caucuses will be held on Saturday, with more than 20states, including California, holding primaries on Feb. 5.