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Barack Obama Secures Chuck Berry's Vote

June 11, 2008 2:37 PM ET

Even though Republican presidential candidate John McCain is using "Johnny B. Goode" as one of his campaign songs, rock icon Chuck Berry has made it known that in the upcoming election, he is fully behind Barack Obama. Berry expressed relief that the U.S. has reached a point where its people can vote for "a man of color and that not be a drawback." "In the Fifties there were certain places we couldn't ride on the bus, and now there is a possibility of a black man being in the White House," Berry said. "You have to feel good about it." Berry's vote comes after Obama managed to secure the crucial support of super delegates Springsteen and Dylan.

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