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Barack Obama prays during a service at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The Illiniois senator has won support from dozens of New Hampshire movers and shakers.
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Barack Obama (D) Senator, Illinois
Born: 08/04/1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
Home: Chicago, IL
Religion: United Church of Christ
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MANCHESTER More than 60 grass-roots activists from around the state announced this week that they've joined Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, which he is calling a "movement for change." Thirteen of those activists are from the Seacoast.

They are as follows: Dennis Abbott, Newmarket state representative; Burt Cohen, Portsmouth University of New Hampshire professor and activist; Eileen Flockhart, Exeter state representative; Francine Hall, Exeter activist and professor emeritus at UNH business school; Frank Heffron, Exeter activist; John Henson, Exeter state representative; Walter Hoerman, Rochester town chairman and former mayor; Sarah Hutz, Dover state representative; Patty McKenzie, Hampton activist; Karen Prior, Exeter activist; Bob Prior, Exeter activist; Ned Raynolds, Portsmouth city councilor; and Mike Schwartz, Rye town chairman.

Henson said he finalized his decision to support Barack after seeing him speak at a house party in Exeter.

"I came away absolutely convinced that he can bring about the change we need," Henson said. "He has the vision, he has the judgment, and he has the guts to take on the status quo."