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. mike

    Alan you are so right.....Obama=Carter. Both nice men, but neither could run this country. They prefer to give hugs that drop bombs. Not going to work in today's world

    January 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Ann Thomas

    Indeed, it appears that Iowa Democrats prefer style to substance.

    January 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Jeff

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

    LOL, as Democrat I can't think of a weaker opponent than Huckabee, he is totally unelectable. LOL!

    January 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. kewl breeze

    this is all such nonsense ... iowa means nothing ,, huckabee will not win anything else and obama will not be elected president no matter who the republican candidate is

    January 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Suzie, Richmond

    I concur with this post from David, "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 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Shmuya

    Thank for acknowledging my question Justin... so in actuality, all this hype is over a bunch of nothingness.... And Corey... thanks for chiming in...it's nice not to feel so alone! LoL!

    I am hoping for either Obama or Billary, but in the end, what really matters to me is how fast my pizza gets here.

    January 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Karl

    Hans, you seem to have forgotten Bush Jr.'s Hoover years.

    January 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Bob, Florida

    How sweet this is!!!!

    It's early in our travels but the journey always starts with the first step and that first step is for a vertically positive America!

    Go Barack Obama

    January 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Suzie, Richmond

    Well said, Juan Carlos. Hillary is just getting started. Watch out.

    January 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Jim, Cherokee

    I am so let down with Gov. Bill Richardson. One can measure his intel though he only pulled 2%. Clinton for President 2008

    January 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. s.positive

    The real folks have spoken, go to bed now as the game is over for some...

    January 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Aimee

    Edwards is the only one who can beat all the leading Republicans according to the polls; when will Democrats ever learn that we need a true leader, a fighter, a truth teller? Even when people disagree with our candidates, they support the strong ones (look at Bush in 2000 and 2004). Edwards is the strong one.

    January 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. mike

    LOL, anyone see how happy Fox news was to project Obama has the winner. If the GOP felt Clinton was an easy defeat, they would be rooting for her. Clearly, the GOP feels Obama is easier to defeat. He has that clean slate. ANy negative news against him, could kill him even before Nov

    January 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. John Myers

    I am a Republican and I want to thank the democrats for giving Iowa to Obama. Please tell your friends in New Hampshire to do the same. We will mop the floor with Obama.

    January 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Hans

    I hope New Hampshire keeps it going for Obama. At that point it will be too late to change the nomination and the Republicans will win again.

    January 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. John David

    Hooray for Republicans. Huckabee (or McCain) will trounce Obama, if he is the nominee.

    January 3, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. Jim, Cherokee

    Bill Clinton finished with 5% the first run and went on to win the Presidencey twice.

    January 3, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Mati

    Democrats will never win the general election with Obama.

    January 3, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Jeffrey, Arlington, VA

    I am a white man and so what! Since I am hearing impaired and blind in one eye, I endure through enormous discriminations and bigotry in this country during horrid Bush era! A time for change! A terrific job for Obama! GO OBAMA GO! GO get and tear up Hillary and Republicans apart! OBAMA will succeed!

    January 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. sherry

    congradulations Oboma, a job well done

    January 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. John Smith

    Folks, here is something to reflect on. In the last six election cycles, Iowa Democrats never chose a winner. This is a blessing in disguise for Hillary.

    January 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. JP

    Does anyone else wonder why a state with such a small population and an inflated sense of their own political self worth is given so much media coverage? Given the outcome this evening, we have to wonder if they have lost what minds they may have had in endorsing a candidate with very limited real-world political experience domestically or internationally. What are these people thinking?

    January 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Les

    I'm glad Iowa is finally over, one more to go NH, after that, its the REAL DEMOCRATS who will make a decision who they wanted to represented their party not the republican or the independent voters.

    January 3, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. John


    January 3, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. Les

    The biggest supporters of Obama in Iowa are independent voters from age 17-29.

    January 3, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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