DENVER (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says John Edwards called her to let her know he was bowing out of the race for the White House.
Edwards' decision to drop out could be a boost to the New York senator. A recent Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests four out of 10 Edwards supporters will switch over to the Clinton camp, compared to a quarter who say they prefer Barack Obama.
Both Clinton and Obama would welcome Edwards' backing and the support of the 56 delegates he has collected. But, Edwards has no immediate plans to endorse either of them.
Obama heaped praise on Edwards, saying he has "spent a lifetime fighting to give voice to the voiceless and hope to the struggling, even when it wasn't popular to do." Aides say Obama asked for Edwards' endorsement last night.
Two aides say the former North Carolina senator will announce the end of his candidacy at an event in New Orleans at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.