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. angelina

    This country needs change, Obama represents the change we so much need. We have had Clinton, Bush, Bush, and then now we do not need a repeat of Clinton..
    We need Change, ..............
    Iowa, thank you for starting to make the change.

    January 3, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. April

    The Lord is in Control! Nice Job Obama and Huckabee!!!

    January 3, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. C. Spradley


    January 3, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. donel wagner

    What were th Iowans thinking? Wha about the picture where Obama would not salute the flaf?

    January 3, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. confused

    Richardson is a "former governor"?

    January 3, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. John Myers

    As a Republican I couldn't hope for a better (weaker) opponent than Obama. Thank you, Iowa democrats.

    January 3, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Martin

    This is turning into an Obamanation
    Obama 08

    January 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. David Birch

    The democrats in Iowa keep nominating people who can't win. They never learn their lessons. Oh, wait, most of them are Republicans who went to Democratic cacuses to make sure they get to trounce Barack in November.

    January 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. LeftyLadig

    C'mon people. Get behind the Democrat who gets the nomination – there are some excellent candidates and we all need to vote for the DEMOCRAT!!

    January 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Kelly A, NM

    Richardson is not a FORMER governor.

    Too bad he didn't get the 15%.

    January 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. C. Spradley

    John Myers, of course you think of Obama as a weak candidate. You're a Republican.

    January 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. Juan Carlos

    If I were republican I would be celebrating. I bet they are, but relax the party just started she is not done and guess what? she is a bad moto scooter and will come back stronger than ever..

    January 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Beaches

    Do you know what happens to Idealism . . . . it runs smack into Reality! Obama wins for the most part because of the younger vote. Democats had a really good field of candidates to pick from, this nation has taken a really big hit since the Bush admin. took office there's much to repair, and they're poised to nominate the candidate with the least experience or foreign or otherwise! Well enjoy la la land while you can because the Republicans are going to have him for dinner!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Debra

    I just want to say that the most recent comments by your so called "best political team" on the air was some of the most sexist I've heard and it just goes to show that some things don't change in the male dominated world we continue to live in. Shame on Wolf's pack of idiots to be unbiased and informative like we actually need. Who cares what it would be like for Bill tonight. Would you say the same thing for John Edwards or Ron Paul or any of the other male candidates that came in second or lower? No, I don't think so because it wouldn't enter that brain shift that our society still carries. Shame on you.

    January 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. James, Iowa

    As a Republican I want to thank the democrats in Iowa for doing your part to make sure we won't have to face Hillary in November. Please encourage your fellow democrats to do the same.

    January 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. gambit

    I don't know what everyone is so happy for. This just guarantees another Republican in the white house. American will NOT vote for a black man. I don't care what anyone says. It will not come to fruition.

    January 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. alan

    Obama won. BFD.
    I am a Democrat, and I won't vote for someone as inexperienced as Obama, no matter how smart he is. Jimmy Carter was an incapable genius. We can't go through that again.

    January 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Dan, Iowa

    Whoever called the democrats in Iowa morons couldn't be more right?

    January 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Obama's promise of 'Change' is a 'loaded word'......problem is that Obama never, ever explains what 'the Change Might Be".! Watch out for the explanation...don't Vote for 'Change' until you Know what 'Change' Is About...........you might be surprised! Never have heard Obama explain it either........Never! He speaks only of 'pie in the sky!" Obama is 'Clueless".....Remember this Vote is ONLY in Iowa...certainly Not the entire Nation. It literally means nothing in the scheme of things to come........The Tide WILL Turn.

    January 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Joy

    Our local precinct caucus just ended. After the first vote, ALL of Richardson's supporters moved to Obama's 'grouping'. I personally interviewed two, who said Obama was their "automatic second choice".

    What was scarier was the Clinton grouping's leaders who were harsher to the Biden and Dodd supporters (who ultimately went to either Edwards or Obama interestingly enough).

    The worst thing I saw was a father who was supporting Obama and a mother who was supporting Clinton. The mother kept sending their little (four-ish) daughter, who was covered in Hillary stickers, over to Daddy. She (the daughter) kept saying things like "come stand with us Daddy" and "Mommy wants us to be together".
    Given that Hillary narrowly won one more delegate than Obama (but more than Edwards), I would NOT want to be in that house tonight!

    January 3, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Dan, Iowa

    A lot of people on this board are suggesting that Iowa democrats always pick losers. I agree with that.

    January 3, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. mike

    Obama win is good news for the GOP. Wake up folks,,,,,you have BIden, Richardson, Dodd and Clinton. You select Obama because he was the list of "Oprah's favorite things" LOL. Karl Rove is smiling right now. Everything moronic thing that obama has said will come back to haunt him.

    January 3, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. Angie in Iowa

    Obviously Democrats are voting for the candidate, and NOT for the presidential seat. If we push Obama, then we push failure when the national battle over independents begins. Obama is a fantastic man and great speaker who has been able to rouse the young voters to caucus, but that will not fly when the general election presents its bigger issues. This country is still wildly racist in many areas. I, like most normal people, abhor that characteristic, but it exists. We need to elect a democrat into the presidential seat to gain power and kick out the radical religious-led big business morons that have no sensibility when it comes to REAL people and their REAL problems. It is time to put someone to battle that will become a VIABLE candidate. I'm sorry, but that just happens to be a caucasian male from the south. I speak candidly, but with honest truth. Stop listening to propaganda. Listen to reality.

    By the way... all of the defectors from the Richardson group came over to Edwards (in my ward). Ha.

    January 3, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Ian Shoemaker

    Bill Richardson is the CURRENT governor of New Mexico, not the "former Governor," as this article states. Come on CNN!

    January 3, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Dan, Iowa

    I agree with David Thomas,

    Other than talking about "change" what qualification does Obama have to lead this country? He is handsome and speaks well but that is not enough to be the president. Unfortunately Iowans look for style over substance.

    January 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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