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Colin Powel chooses race over politics. News Team

Republicans made him a major national figure for over two decades, but Obama shares his racial ancestry.

Colin Powell, a former Secretary of State for George Bush, endorsed Barack Obama today. He called Obama a “transformational figure.” Powell had been the most high profile and celebrated black Republican in the nation.

Powell also served as National Security Adviser to Ronald Reagan.

During the presidential primaries, numerous high profile black Republicans jumped ship to Obama. Meanwhile, numerous high profile Hispanic Republicans jumped ship to Democrat Bill Richardson, who is half Mexican. The events made a mockery of years of Republican efforts to pander to racial minorities.

It has been widely speculated that Powell would defect to Obama for the past year.