From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage --
The last two uncommitted Alaska Democratic Party superdelegates are off the fence and going for Barack Obama.
Cindy Spanyers of Juneau and Blake Johnson of Kenai announced their choice today.
Superdelegate John Davies of Fairbanks earlier sided with Obama. That leaves state Democratic Party chair Patti Higgins the only Alaska superdelegate backing Hillary Clinton.
So the Alaska superdelegate split will end up proportional to the February Alaska caucuses, where Obama got about 75 percent of the Democratic vote.
I'll ask Spanyers and Johnson why they ended up announcing now for Obama.
UPDATE -- The state Democratic Party just emailed something out. It included this bit about Obama maybe making a brief campaign stop in Alaska:
The Barack Obama campaign has pledged to send Senator Obama to Alaska this fall for a brief stop, if possible, as well as a longer follow-up visit to the state after the November elections, Spanyers and Johnson said.
(SECOND UPDATE) -- I spoke to Spanyers and Johnson this afternoon about their decision.
“In the end I felt Senator Barack Obama really touched the soul of Alaskans,” Spanyers said.
Johnson said there wasn’t any single major factor that made him commit to Obama Monday. But he said one reason is talks he had with Pete Rouse, who is Obama’s chief of staff in the U.S. Senate.
Rouse lived in Alaska for four years in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was chief of staff for then-Alaska Lt. Gov. Terry Miller.