PORTLAND (AP) – Congressman Tom Allen is throwing his support behind Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Allen, a superdelegate to this summer’s Democratic National Convention, said Monday he believes Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton are both “supremely qualified” to be president. Allen has been friends for decades with Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

But Allen says most of the nation’s primary voters have spoken, and that the time has come to bring a “graceful end” to the primary campaign.

Allen, a six-term congressman, is now running for the Senate against Republican incumbent Susan Collins.

Maine Democrats send 32 delegates to the national convention, including eight superdelegates. Of the 24 pledged delegates, 15 support Obama and nine are pledged to Clinton.

Among superdelegates, three have pledged support to Obama and one to Clinton, with four remaining uncommitted.

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