(CNN) - With the endorsement of Congressman and Senate candidate Tom Allen, Barack Obama pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in CNN’s count of Democratic superdelegates Monday.
In a statement released by the Obama campaign, Allen said both Democratic candidates were “supremely qualified” to be president.
“I have been friends for a very long time with former President Clinton and Senator Clinton. I respect their service to our nation. Hillary Clinton has run a vigorous campaign and has attracted a passionate following in Maine and around the country. She loves this country and is a true leader. For her service, I am grateful,” he said.
“Most of the primary voters across the nation have now spoken. It is time to bring a graceful end to the primary campaign. We now need to unify the Democratic Party and focus on electing Senator Obama and a working majority in the United States Senate…”
Allen first met former President Bill Clinton when both were Oxford University students four decades ago.
UPDATE: Hawaii superdelegates Dolly Strazar and Sen. Daniel Akaka and Idaho Democratic Party chairman Keith Roark endorsed Obama Monday afternoon, bringing the CNN count to 277-273 in favor of Obama.