January 3rd, 2008
10:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Richardson supporters moving to Obama camp


Obama and Richardson chat at Sen. Tom Harkin's Steak Fry in Iowa.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - CNN’s Candy Crowley reports that supporters of Bill Richardson in Iowa are now moving over to Barack Obama as their second-choice candidate - a vital designation in the Democratic caucuses. A Clinton source tells her that “The 'Richardson thing’ is real," and that Clinton supporters in the caucuses report “people are moving en masse from Richardson to Barack Obama.”

Obama supporters dispute the reports.

Earlier Thursday, word spread that Richardson caucus goers in precincts where the former New Mexico governor was not “viable” – could not meet the required 15 percent threshold - were being urged to go with Obama as their second-choice candidate.

A Richardson spokesman told CNN that “no deal was cut between the two campaigns.”

The spokesman also said that there is a “natural overlap between Richardson and Obama supporters” on such issues as the war in Iraq and bringing change to Washington.

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Ann Aloha PA

    Hillary will still pull this out. Never count her out, even though the media has. Shameful....to say the least.

    January 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Wynter

    The Iowa caucus format (eg. 15% cutoff) is really coming into play against Clinton. I personally don't think the whole setup is really that fair as it puts a good deal of peer pressure into the process. And it throws the equilibrium of a single vote to a candidate in peril if there are pushy people affecting the situation.

    Nothing like turning the Presidential Primaries into a new version of the reality show "Survivor".

    Telling it like I see it,
    Loudon, NH

    January 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. Juan Carlos

    Two people of color, Black and brown , ummm I do not think so. There are still a lot racism in this country. Richardson you used to be in my heart.

    January 3, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Erica

    For starters, CHECK YOUR REPORTING. The rumor, which has been denied by both camps, was started by the media and Obama's campaign manager. Hmmm. Second CHECK YOUR REPORTING! Richardson is not the former Gov. He still IS THE GOVERNOR. Or did you forget your reporting from 2006?

    January 3, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Sean, Detroit, MI



    January 3, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. Derrick


    January 3, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Marvin

    I agree with Juan. Two people of color I agree, there is an underlining racism that will prevent Senator Obama from winning, He is the change that people need, He is the one that is uncorrupt..Its a shame that sexism and racism will lead to the loss of Obama.

    January 3, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Immigrant

    Obama for America–a country for immigrants, by immigrants, for immigrant, shall not perish from the earth.

    Remember that what America great is not from shining sea to shining sea, it is the diversity and mosaic of its people and Obama is a true reflection of that.

    January 3, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Claude, Calgary

    This is fantanstic but the mission is still not over. Young people will have there voice heard, and its time for us to take control of our destiny. The work is not over, we need to get our moms and dad and all senior who we respect on board.

    January 3, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. jef wallace

    I am a huge non-fan of Barack – he is substance-free, unless you mean cocaine – but it is breaking my heart to see how abandoned Hispanics feel by Richardson.

    I bet Richardson is still a nice person and I hope Hispanics will cut him just a little slack here. Obama may turn out to be a juggernaut in which case we are just going to have to hope for the best. It could be a mere political calculation. I just would hate for Richardson to lose his honest appeal to Hispanics due to this one wretched decision.


    January 3, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. Derrick


    January 3, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Justin

    Actually as a matter of fact... as someone falsely said earlier, the winner of the Iowa caucuses has NOT always lost the presidency.

    Those that get all worked up about Iowa being first in the nation, need to calm down. It doesn't make Iowa too important, and it doesn't matter if they aren't representative of the entire country.

    The top candidates always continue through to the next primaries, just as they would in ANY state – regardless of what state goes first.

    It's not detrimental to the people, it's detrimental to candidates who never had a shot in the first place. Lighten up, please.

    January 3, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Joe, SoCal


    January 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. lisa


    Keep i going we really need change and I do have hope.

    January 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. KEVIN, Loves Park, IL

    BARACK OBAMA is my Senator in Illinois... We love him here; he is a man of dignity and conviction. He will be one of the greatest American Presidents.

    January 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Hans

    What a bunch of losers. Welcome to another 4 years of Republican leadership.

    January 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Vitriol


    When he turned out not to have viable numbers, his delegates are SUPPOSED TO go to another candidate. That's how it works!

    January 3, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Shmuya

    Will these results determine which democrat and republican candidate will be the actual Presidential candidate?

    Pardon my ignorance.

    January 3, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. alex

    re: January 3, 2008 9:02 pm ET

    I am a Hispanic American. Bill Richardson has shamed us. How can he be so ungrateful and move his votes to Obama. When his career has been promoted and established by the Clinton administration. We Hispanic Americans believe in loyalty. He obviously does not. What a hypocrite and a traitor of principle..

    What an idiot? Richardson's career, the future of this country, and the iowa election can not be determined to loyalty to Clinton. Please, i am Hispanic, and I support Obama. Clinton...take a wiff of the political air and smell the roses. you will lose and Obama will be the Democratic candidate.


    January 3, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Naomi

    i dont kno if i want obama to win. i wanted clinton. !! and , back to the hispanic stuff, it dosent matter, were all equal and should be treated equally. So dont think that they are going to treat hispanics differantly.

    January 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Justin

    Shmuya, take a look at my comment above.

    To answer your question, no they won't. It just shows that Iowa will send more Obama delegates to the national convention.

    The only real implications are for the candidates who did poorly and will likely drop out of the race. The talk now centers on who the drop-outs will endorse. (i.e., Richardson supporting Obama).

    Good question though.

    January 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. John K

    If Obama can win in Iowa (94.9% white, 2.3% Black), why can't he win across the country?

    January 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. C Stoy

    To reinforce the caucus procedure: if a candidate does not get 15% then they must go with their second.

    January 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. Thomas Habimana

    Let the people speak; I am afraid if Obama wins, it could polarize the next primaries against him; unless America is truly changing !!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. mike bennett

    if edwards is indeed dead in the water after this, why wouldnt obama choose him as vp now and both of them could combine their campaigns, money and personnel. if they did it now, wouldnt that make them unstoppable in the democratic primary even to the vanuted clinton machine?

    January 3, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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