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Ohio Gov. Backs Obama

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a longtime, key supporter of Hillary Clinton, today announced that he is endorsing Barack Obama. Strickland is seen as a possible running mate for Obama despite his strong initial support of Obama's rival, though he has said he is not interested in becoming vice president.

In announcing his "wholehearted and enthusiastic support" for Obama, Strickland said in a statement that "Ohioans desperately want real, meaningful change. And I believe Barack Obama will bring that change."

He also said he had spoken to Clinton earlier today, thanking her "for her friendship and the strong effort she put forth in this historic campaign."

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