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The election trail continues to heat up for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as four looming primaries in the next couple of weeks could go a long way toward deciding the nominee. On Tuesday, voters in Wisconsin and Hawaii will go to the polls and on March 4, Texans and Ohio-ans will do the same. How are things shaping up?
On Saturday, the Houston Chronicle endorsed Barack Obama. In their editorial praising the Illinois Senator, the paper said that Obama "is best-qualified by life experience, skill and temperament to be the standard bearer for his party. In a conference call, Obama told the Chronicle editorial board that 'more than any other candidate, I can bridge some of the partisan as well as racial and religious divides that have developed in this country that prevent us from getting things done.'"

This follows a wave of endorsements for Obama in the Lone Star state, including Austin's Mayor, State Senator Kirk Watson, Rep. Mark Strama, Councilwoman Pat Cole, Councilman Mike Martinez, Jim Hightower, the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman, according to Texans for Obama.

But will that have any effect?