DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is asking his supporters to make rival Barack Obama their second choice if he doesn't meet a cutoff point for voting in Iowa's caucuses.
The Ohio congressman is at the back of the pack of Democratic hopefuls. And while it appears he has thrown in the towel for the caucuses, he says his recommendation to support Obama is for "Iowa only."
Candidates in Thursday night's caucuses must reach a level of support in each of the state's 1,781 precincts -- typically 15 percent of those who attend. Candidates who fail to meet that aren't considered viable, and their supporters can move to another candidate or go home.
Obama thanked Kucinich for the recommendation, saying they both believe deeply "in the need for fundamental change."