MoveOn.Org Makes Its First-Ever Primary Endorsement

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:32 PM EDT

( - For the first time in's history, the liberal advocacy group has voted to endorse a presidential candidate in the primary. "That candidate is Barack Obama," announced on Friday.

Now that Sen. John Edwards has left the race, "progressives are coming together," told its members in an email message. Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) won over 70 percent of's online vote, the group said.

The endorsement gives Obama "people-power," said. "Together, we are 3.2 million Americans who care about our country and want change. Half of us live in states with primaries or caucuses this coming 'Super Tuesday.'

"We know how to roll up our sleeves and win elections, and if we all pitch in together between now and Tuesday, we can help Sen. Obama win the biggest primary day in American history." is urging liberals to volunteer for Obama's campaign.

"To be clear, we won't always agree with all of Obama's positions," said. "And MoveOn members said overwhelmingly that, regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination, we'll work hard to win the White House in 2008."

But, the group concluded, "It's time to get to work electing a president who is inspiring a nation and is talking about big, progressive change."

Sen. Obama thanked members for their support, adding that has "once again demonstrated that real change comes not from the top-down, but from the bottom-up."

"From their principled opposition to the Iraq war -- a war I also opposed from the start -- to their strong support for a number of progressive causes, MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come together in a grassroots movement for change," Obama said on Friday.

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