John Kerry lined up support from former rival Dick Gephardt on Thursday in a quick paced rush toward the Democratic presidential nomination.
Every where Kerry went, the path was cleared by establishment Democrats bearing endorsements.
Governor John Baldacci and former Senator George Mitchell from Maine climbed on board the Kerry "Real Deal Express" during the day, as did Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow from Michigan.
Gephardt will announce his support on Friday in Warren, Michigan. It is expected the the alliance of unions that backed Gephardt will soon follow.