Shuler: I'll Back Whom My District Backs

Rep. Heath Shuler, a Democratic superdelegate, said last night that he will endorse whichever Democratic candidate wins the most votes in his western North Carolina district today.

The Associated Press reported the news, noting that Shuler's rural, conservative district "is comprised primarily of white, working-class voters -- a demographic that has long favored Hillary Rodham Clinton."

More than 488,000 votes have been cast already in North Carolina, where polls close at 7:30 tonight. As we noted in Starting Gate, North Carolinians John and Elizabeth Edwards have declined to endorse a candidate. North Carolina's governor, Mike Easley, is one of the two superdelegates backing Clinton, while six of the state's superdelegates have pledged support to Barack Obama.