Obama picks up Ohio superdelegate

June 3, 2008 11:14:24 AM PDT
The Democratic Party's leader in the Ohio House says she is endorsing Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a superdelegate who had been on the fence the entire campaign, endorsed the Illinois Democrat on Tuesday over New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Beatty says Obama brings energy and an excitement to the race that inspires people.

Two senior officials have told The Associated Press that Clinton will concede the delegate race to Obama Tuesday night. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge Clinton's plans.

The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race. She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care.