U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has endorsed Barack Obama.
The Wilson Democrat had previously backed former North Carolina senator John Edwards' bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a statement from the Obama campaign, Butterfield is quoted saying that he believes that Edwards is basically out of the race.
"In what has become a two-person race for the Democratic nomination I believe our country needs Senator Barack Obama," he said in a statement.
Butterfield could not be reached, but his office confirmed the news.
He had announced his endorsement of Edwards in March.