(CNN) - The Nevada local of the Culinary Workers Union gave its official backing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama today in Las Vegas. The backing of the 60,000-member union is a major boon to Obama’s campaign in a state where there are fewer than half a million registered Democrats and causes are, as elsewhere, generally sparsely attended.
Nevada’s Democratic caucuses will be held January 19.
The announcement came just hours after the Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union, with its membership of 17,500, also announced that it was endorsing Obama. The national SEIU announced recently that it would not be endorsing a candidate, leaving locals in each state to make their own decision.
- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand