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WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign announces the names and home towns of more Iowa and New Hampshire backers on Monday.

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Over 300 Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans Announce Their Support for Senator Barack Obama

CHICAGO — Today 268 Iowa Republicans announced that they will caucus for Senator Barack Obama and 68 New Hampshire Republicans announced that they had changed their party registration to vote for Barack Obama in the primary, saying he is the only candidate in either party who can break through the gridlock in Washington because he has a proven record of bringing Republicans and Democrats together to solve problems. In Illinois, Obama bridged the partisan divide to extend health care to 150,000 Illinois families, pass a $100 million tax cut for working families and enact historic ethics reform.

“With all of the challenges our country faces, we cannot elect a President who will go to Washington and just get bogged down by the same partisan gridlock,” Brett Blix said. “That’s why I’m supporting Senator Obama even though I’m a Republican. He’s the only candidate in either party with a record of bringing Republicans and Democrats together to solve problems, and he will always tell you where he stands even when you disagree. There are thousands of disaffected Republicans like me who are disappointed by President Bush and the Republican presidential candidates who would consider voting for a Democrat who can bring about change we can believe in.”

Brett Blix is 30-year-old Iraq war veteran from Northwood, Iowa. He recently switched his party registration so that he can caucus for Senator Obama.

“I’ve been a Republican all my life, but the challenges we face are too great to choose a candidate based on his party—we need to the choose the candidate who can bring fundamental change to Washington and start getting things done again,” Jerry Spivak said. “Barack Obama is the only candidate who will be able to break the partisan logjam and inspire Americans to come together around real solutions.”

Jerry Spivak is a 57-year-old engineer from Nashua, New Hampshire. He recently switched his party registration so that he can vote for Senator Obama in the primary.

This public support from Republicans is yet another sign of Senator Obama’s crossover appeal. Previously, Obama received third place in a poll of Republican Iowa caucus goers – receiving more support from Republicans than Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Sam Brownback combined.

“I’ve always believed that you can only bring about real change when people come together across party lines, and I’ve seen what happens when folks put politics aside and get down to work,” Senator Obama said. “If you can’t bring people together across the old fault lines, you simply aren’t going to be able to make progress on the challenges we face.”

The following Iowa Republicans publicly announced their intention to caucus for Obama:

First Name
Last Name
City

Judy
Baas
Algona

Nancy
Mueller
Algona

David
Powell
Algona

Carolyn
Woodyard
Algona

Kevin
Hubka
Alta Vista

Michael
Di Marco
Ames

Michael
Kostboth
Ames

Susan
Olson
Ames

Cherri
Penner
Anamosa

Charles
Cushman
Ankeny

Leslie
Dotzenrod
Ankeny

Deborah
Graham
Ankeny

Monica
Green
Ankeny

Marcia
Hartman
Ankeny

Michele
Nettleton
Ankeny

Scott
Richardson
Ankeny

David
Brown
Atkins

Robert
Einhaus
Atlantic

Jerry
Grandquist
Atlantic

Alyce
Lane
Atlantic

Patricia
Nelson
Atlantic

Eugene
Smith
Atlantic

Richard
Roepke
Aurora

Rachelle
Deeter
Baxter

Marjorie
Blitgen
Bellevue

Curt
Hammond
Bellevue

Kathy
Ohlert
Bellevue

Juan
Anderson
Belmond

John
Wiese
Bennett

Mary
Engel
Bettendorf

Patricia
Harmon
Bettendorf

Lynn
Urban
Bloomfield

Sara
Oliver
Bondurant

Phyllis
Muse
Boone

James
Wilson
Boone

Ann
Earley
Brooklyn

Regina
Dobroski
Burlington

Tammie
Radhakrishnan
Burlington

Carol
Blincow
Carroll

Michael
Fitzsimmons
Carroll

Martin
Greenlee
Carroll

Andrew
Green
Cedar Falls

Lynette
Keefe
Cedar Falls

Debra
Nichols
Cedar Falls

Vicki
Sink
Cedar Falls

James
Sink
Cedar Falls

Cory
Wendel
Cedar Falls

Amy
Yates
Cedar Falls

Mark
Fiala
Cedar Rapids

Wendy
Freeman
Cedar Rapids

Mitchell
Haferbecker
Cedar Rapids

Richard
Hoth
Cedar Rapids

Mary
Miller
Cedar Rapids

Randy
Oakley
Cedar Rapids

Sharon
Rosenberg
Cedar Rapids

Harry
Rosenberg
Cedar Rapids

Donald
Rundle
Cedar Rapids

Laverne
Severson
Cedar Rapids

Brianna
Steitzer
Cedar Rapids

Jennifer
Zahradnik
Cedar Rapids

Emma Jean
Severson
Cedar Rapids

Norman
Garson
Charlotte

Ann
Peck
Cherokee

Eveline
Will
Cherokee

Tonya
Clinkenbeard
Cincinnati

Virginia
Cambier
Clarion

William
Norris
Clear Lake

Cathy
Swager
Clear Lake

Michelle
Markwardt
Clinton

Rachel
Olsen
Clinton

Ronald
Robbins
Clinton

Colin
Faux
Clive

Margarita
Pina
Coon Rapids

Shanita
Eze
Coralville

Christina
Robinson
Coralville

Nicholas
Sobocinski
Coralville

Anne
Crowl
Council Bluffs

Doreen
Knuth
Council Bluffs

Martin
Leiserowitz
Council Bluffs

Jennifer
Nelson-Hansen
Council Bluffs

Susan
Rumbin
Council Bluffs

Fannie
Carson
Creston

Michael
Harris
Creston

Lori
Tull
Creston

Denise
Moore
Cromwell

Marilyn
Anderson
Davenport

Amir
Arbisser
Davenport

Andrew
Barcus
Davenport

Linda
Behan
Davenport

Julie
Jaecques-Gere
Davenport

Janet
Olt
Davenport

Michele
Stoos
Davenport

Larry
Grimstad
Decorah

Diane
Grimstad
Decorah

Shannon
Jensen
Decorah

Kirk
Johnson
Decorah

Karen
Klotzbach
Decorah

Brenda
Meyer
Decorah

Kenneth
Bass
Des Moines

Rochelle
Bell
Des Moines

Lorraine
Eldredge
Des Moines

Jessica
Gathercole
Des Moines

Mark
Hinshaw
Des Moines

Douglas
Hutchison
Des Moines

Stephanie
Wolken
Des Moines

Mattie
Kitchen
Des Moines

Roderick
Lewis
Des Moines

Angela
Riley
Des Moines

Alyson
Simmons
Des Moines

Stephanie
Smith
Des Moines

Courtney
Starbuck
Des Moines

Gail
Stutz
Des Moines

James
Sullivan
Des Moines

Brenda
Turner
Des Moines

Suzanne
Vocal
Des Moines

Mathieu
Vocal
Des Moines

Jonathan
Wolken
Des Moines

Jason
Wortock
Des Moines

April
Blasen
Dubuque

Margaret
Brewer
Dubuque

Mark
Burns
Dubuque

Madeline
Cairney
Dubuque

Jason
Cluff
Dubuque

Patrick
Hoy
Dubuque

John
Kalb
Dubuque

Mark
Klein
Dubuque

William
Smith
Dubuque

Sarah
Tayloe
Dubuque

John
Mehlert
Dysart

Garnet
Mehlert
Dysart

Jeannine
Wingert
Earling

Melissa
Grother
Eldridge

Michelle
Gifford
Elkader

Margaret
Beshey
Fort Dodge

Charlene
Thompson
Fruitland

Valesca
Gaylord
Glenwood

Barbara
Brockelsby
Glidden

Connie
Hansen
Greenfield

Eddy
Hansen
Greenfield

Douglas
Freeman
Grinnell

Ora
Gondwe
Grinnell

Lisa
Sharp
Grinnell

Gary
Weideman
Griswold

Jennifer
Meier
Guthrie Center

Steven
Smith
Guthrie Center

Janice
Hershey
Hampton

John
Leinen
Hampton

Dixie
Gambaiana
Hawarden

Timothy
Oneill
Hedrick

Rebecca
Flannery
Hinton

Beverly
Juhl
Independence

Nick
Nichols
Indianola

Amber
Short
Indianola

Ryan
Carey
Iowa City

Margaret
Ebert
Iowa City

Mark
Logan
Iowa City

Sacha
Wyckoff
Iowa City

Mindy
Loll
Iowa City

Valdeva
McCord
Iowa Falls

Jerry
Peckumn
Jefferson

Peter
Holmgren
Johnston

Dorothy
Sparland
Johnston

Jayson
Campbell
Keokuk

Emmanuel
Dass
Keokuk

Ruth
Egeland
Keokuk

Flossie
Scott
Keokuk

Larry
Fuson
La Porte City

Carolyn
Fuson
La Porte City

Linda
Phillips
Lamoni

Victory
Throndson
Lawler

Ramona
Lang
Le Mars

Michelle
Baldwin
Leon

Robert
Raine
Logan

Deanna
McDermott
Manchester

Cody
Venzke
Manly

David
Jost
Maquoketa

Arlene
Pennington
Marion

Stanley
Wierson
Marion

Carol
Wohlleben
Marion

Eldon
Wohlleben
Marion

Angie
Johnson
Marion

Jerry
Johnson
Marion

David
Perkins
Marshalltown

John
Sagar
Marshalltown

Carole
Lerch
Martelle

Peter
Children
Mason City

Susan
Kading
Menlo

Jack
Kading
Menlo

Scott
Allen
Monticello

Jo
Bader
Monticello

Max
Buckner
Mount Ayr

Joleen
Nelson Woods
Mount Vernon

Danny
Cornell
Mt Pleasant

Garth
Ganka
Mt Pleasant

Robert
Struble
Mt Pleasant

Patricia
Collins
Muscatine

Thomas
Kindler
Muscatine

Janet
Kindler
Muscatine

Margaret
Wilson
Muscatine

Richard
Wilson
Muscatine

Gerald
Dietz
Nashua

Kathleen
Boss
New Hampton

Lisa
Bernal
Newton

Debra
Simmons
Newton

Sibyl
Smith
Newton

Brett
Blix
Northwood

Ronnie
Millard
Oelwein

Kathy
Millard
Oelwein

Hazel
Orr
Orient

James
Orr
Orient

Michael
Walker
Orient

Mark
Meier
Perry

Clarence
Busch
Persia

Marilyn
Porter
Polk City

Christopher
Schnuelle
Postville

Marlys
Sowers
Postville

Deann
Frisk
Randall

Richard
Baldwin
Red Oak

Sharon
Parrish
Red Oak

Jeannie
Melhus
Reinbeck

Jolene
Rogers
Ringsted

Evelyn
Baldwin
Rock Rapids

Gary
Patton
Rock Rapids

Ronald
Smith
Sergeant Bluff

Mary
Harms
Shenandoah

Robin
Lane
Shenandoah

Maurice
Reavis
Shenandoah

Velesta
Reavis
Shenandoah

Shirley
Teachout
Shenandoah

Barry
Eldal
Sibley

Jennifer
Clark
Sidney

Heather
Slater
Sidney

Kerrie
Summers
Sioux Center

Cleo
Harder
Sioux City

Carleton
Helseth
Sioux City

Eloyce
Keating
Sioux City

Jennifer
Wyland
Sioux City

Leeann
Roberts
Solon

Benjamin
Sorden
Solon

Theresa
Sedlacek
Solon

Caleb
Stoever
Spencer

Earl
Dick
Stuart

Betty
Dick
Stuart

Erin
Heitland
Thorton

Barbara
Cary
Tipton

Connie
Bouhaik
Urbandale

Teri
Wagoner
Urbandale

Carolyn
Phippen
Vinton

Ruby
Abebe
Waterloo

Carol
Butler
Waterloo

Edward
Madlock
Waterloo

Gary
Olson
Waterloo

David
Rainey
Waterloo

Lee
Anderson
Waukon

Roxanne
Mills
Waverly

Janene
Studer
Wesley

David
Camp
West Burlington

Steven
Young
West Burlington

Albert
Ngoytz
West Des Moines

David
Basler
West Des Moines

Jan
Caruthers
West Des Moines

Sharon
Fisher
West Des Moines

Mark
Lacroix
West Des Moines

Margaret
Nelson
West Des Moines

Mark
Wellman
West Des Moines

Pauline
McAreavy
Williamsburg

James
Mease
Winterset

Jillian
Gaiser
Woodbine

The following New Hampshire Republicans publicly announced that they had switched parties to vote for Obama:

Richard Adams, Portsmouth, NH

Samuel Aldridge, Gilford, NH

Colette Awad, Hudson, NH

Shirley Barrett, Dover, NH

Kurt Bellows, Londonderry, NH

Marge Bonneville, Lochmere, NH

Roger Brickner, Haverhill, NH

Rhona Brown, Seabrook, NH

Nancy Bruce, Exeter, NH

Philip Cassady, Merrimack, NH

Ellen Dunbar, Peterborough, NH

James Elberfeld, Nashua, NH

Shirley Elliot, Antrim, NH

Barbara Fegley, Center Barnstead, NH

Roy Foltan, Bath, NH

Raymond Gagnon, Barrington, NH

Stephen Gambone, Hanover, NH

Gregory Geheb, Nashua, NH

Fred Harwood, Bedford, NH

Brenda Heon, Somersworth, NH

Michael Hill, Pittsfield, NH

John Hutson, Bow, NH

Cecilia Johnson, Wilmot, NH

William Johnson, Weare, NH

Peter Kayros, Bow, NH

Carol Knight, Hillsborough, NH

George Kurzon, Peterborough, NH

Sarah Kurzon, Peterborough, NH

John Laderoute, Pelham, NH

Virginia Lamberton, Loudon, NH

Edward Largy, Bradford, NH

Angela Lawhorn, Nashua, NH

Patrice Lenzi, Barrington, NH

Clement Lyon, Loudon, NH

Ruth Lyon, Loudon, NH

David Maleham, Milton Mills, NH

Gail Malone, Laconia, NH

Christine Manns, Barrington, NH

Frances Marshall, Concord, NH

Mary Mattise, Amherst, NH

Barbara Mendes, Exeter, NH

Robert McNichol, Bow, NH

Linda McVay, Portsmouth, NH

Anne Middleton, Stratham, NH

Betsy Moore, Conway, NH

Nancy Morehardt, Milford, NH

Mary Morin, Raymond, NH

Olympia O’Neill, Derry, NH

Martha Pasquali, Laconia, NH

Trisha Perin, Hampton, NH

David Pinsonneault, Amherst, NH

Rebecca Pirelli, Milford, NH

Robert Pollard, Portsmouth, NH

Thomas Powers, Thornton, NH

Janet Prevatt, Strafford, NH

Robert Richard, Manchester, NH

Caroline Russell, Meredith, NH

Jane Sander, Rye, NH

Lisa Segal-Bator, Bow, NH

Paul Shea, Pelham, NH

Diane Smaracko, Rollinsford, NH

Stephen Smith, Center Barnstead, NH

Jerry Spivak, Nashua, NH

Isabelle Stache, Manchester, NH

Susan Sundell, Salem, NH

Lawrence Varga, Derry, NH

Priscilla Wentworth, Raymond, NH

Janet Wesson, Springfield, NH

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9 Comments

Will this become a column or is this too positive for you to write about Obama? I'm sure you will find something negative to say about this.

Once again, this shows Obama's cross-over appeal and one of the many reasons why he's the candidate, Democrats can be confident of winning the general election.

There are millions of Republicans out there who are supporting Obama, including myself. if you doubt it, just ask John Martin of Republicans For Obama.

well i'll share something maybe perceived as negative, but the presidential candidacy of the junior senator of illinois is a creation of his handlers. the gentleman's record is one of absenteeisim at the time of critical votes, of illusion ad blue smoke and mirrors. whom has he "brought together", who has he "led" and where? he doesn't hesitate to borrow themes and quotes (e.g., the edwards hope thing), and his history, particularly that vague, gray period between high school and his completion of columbia, is largely been unexplored.
so keepin' score, i can explain that much to you, but i can't understand it for you.
on the tactical end, bet the jockey, not the horse. other campaign have far better riders. welcome to the front.

This looks exactly like an Obama press release. I don't really mind, I'm an Obama supporter, but come on.

This is just the tip of the iceburg. Day by day , more people are tuning in and becoming aware of the common sensical approach and real answers that Barack Obama provides. The United States has fallen from a lofty, respector of persons, in the world and
has gained a reputation for hypocrisy at its highest level. The country is at a critical point and people of all faiths,political affiliations,genders,and orientations are putting aside their ignorant preconceptions and embracing a man who stands for honesty,encouragement,intelligence and substance. His supposed "gaffes" at the onset have proven to be sound, common sense policy when studied by experts of both dominant political parties. Dozens of former Clinton allies have joined his campaign, some of those closest to JFK have spoken up in support.
Record breaking, thousands upon thousands are showing up to see, him and hear him speak. Record amounts of individual, small donations are being, and have been contributed. I`m sure Barack Obama will not appeal to everybody, within every group are the self sacrificing robots who will support their party or their cause in the face of common sense. The saving grace is their are enough non bigoted,intelligent,open minded and concerned individuals from ALL backgrounds that recognize that Barack obama represents real hope and change in a country that desperately needs it. His detractors continuously resort to rumour and innuendo in feeble minded attempts to smear his good name. Garbage like "he`s a radical muslim in disguise,or he "doesn`t salute the flag" or he`s an "alien sent to earth" are all an indication how hard up certain groups are to thwart him. I still have faith in our country and would like to see it regain its place in the world as a great country. A country that provides justice in ALL cases for ALL people. The polls are starting to reflect this phenom , don`t waste your vote !

To Sarah, I'm a little confused as to why this article was written too, listing all Iowa supporters (typically Lynn Sweet's column is rather negative on Obama). But just to point out that when you say "a record of absenteeism at the time of critical votes", if you're referring to the Kyl Leiberman one, it was publicized with people referencing ESPN where Harry Reid announced they weren't going to vote on it, and then changed to call the vote when Obama was gone. As for other votes, if you check the senatorial record, all presidential candidates (with John McCain at the top of the list) have missed quite a few votes this year. As for the "gray period between high school and his completion of columbia", what exactly are we suppose to be exploring? Do we really care what happened that long ago? I'm more interested in what's happening now, not dredging up where someone was and what they were doing over 25 years ago. Yes, I'm an Obama supporter and glad there's a good candidate that I can support, instead of the usual "lesser of two evils" decision.

nice story thanks

this is the kind of thing Obama will do as President - bring us together

I‘ve been supporting Hillary for sometimes now, but when I read Obama's book and read more information about him, I'm sorry to confess that I’m getting to like this guy. Hillary in as much as I want her to win, her response to critical questions has begun to worry me and after the last debate I'm not comfortable with few things.

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