WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama has won the backing of former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, a boost to the Illinois senator's presidential campaign in the major Southern primary state.
“If we want to make the lives of everyday South Carolinians better – improve our schools, strengthen families and cover the uninsured - it will take fundamental changes to how business is done in Washington,” Hodges said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “Barack Obama has been bringing people together to create change all his life. He’s the right choice to turn the page on the divisive politics that have led to partisan gridlock and inaction."
Hodges served as South Carolina's governor from 1999-2003. He lost his 2002 reelection bid to current GOP Gov. Mark Sanford.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney