WASHINGTON (CNN) - Veteran Iowa Democratic operative Gordon Fischer announced Monday he is throwing his support behind Sen. Barack Obama's White House bid, a key endorsement for the Illinois senator in the early caucus state that places a premium on campaign organization.
"Like all Democrats I am desperate to win the White House, and I am absolutely convinced Sen. Obama is the candidate who has the best chance against any Republican in the field," Fischer, the state's former Democratic party chairman, said in a conference call with reporters.
"In order to win in a swing state, in a competitive state like Iowa, it's not enough to just get Democrats out. You can't sort of gin up your base," he added. "Sen. Obama is best positioned to bring along independents and even some Republicans."
Fischer added he will be in touch with Democrats across the state from now until the January caucuses "making the pitch for Obama."
A recent LA Times/Bloomberg survey of Iowa Democrats shows Obama in third place at 19 percent, 4 points behind former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and 9 points behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney