[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/art.waters.ap.jpg caption=" Rep. Maxine Waters supporting Obama."]
(CNN) - California Rep. Maxine Waters, a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday she is switching her support to Barack Obama.
“Senator Hillary Clinton has run a superb campaign and has proven to be a hard worker while gaining the support of many key constituencies that will be essential for Democratic success in November," she said in a statement. “Despite that, Senator Obama’s delegate numbers more than describe the enthusiasm for his candidacy and I believe that by the end of the day, he will have the necessary numbers to become the Democratic Party nominee for President."
“It is now time to close ranks and time for all remaining delegates to put their support behind the presumptive nominee, Senator Obama. Senator Obama has run an effective campaign and has overcome many obstacles to create an energy that has brought many new Democrats into the party," Waters also said. "Together, both of these candidates have generated an unprecedented involvement in Democratic Party politics. This is something that all Democrats can be proud of."
Speaking to CNN in early February, Waters said she endorsed Clinton over Obama because "It’s clear there are two different campaigns, one is about hope and inspiration and the other is a campaign about concrete proposals and solving problems - and I think Senator Clinton's experience emerged very clearly."