February 8th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Washington governor endorses Obama

 Christine Gregoire has endorsed Obama.
Christine Gregoire has endorsed Obama.

(CNN) - Barack Obama has won the backing of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, one day before that state is set to hold its Democratic caucuses.

The Washington Democrat, who won the office in 2004 after a hand recount favored her by only 129 votes, said she found it difficult to choose between Obama and Hillary Clinton, but was ultimately drawn to the Illinois senator's charisma and leadership skills.

Gregoire is slated to join Obama at a campaign rally in Seattle later Friday. Clinton is also in the state, campaigning 30 miles south in Tacoma and then later in Spokane.

Washington is set to allocate its 78 delegates through caucuses - a format that has favored Obama to date this elections season.

Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have endorsed Clinton's White House bid.

– CNN Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Carl

    I thought he wanted superdelegates to stay out of it? He's projected to take it 60-40. I think the she is safe in endorsing him.

    My projection for super tuesday was Obama by 5. This time.... KY, LO, MD, HI, VA, DC OH, RI, MS, NC, IN and SC have 9-56% african american. When you factor in ethnicity, education level, wealth and caucus factor... I think he will take all of these states and come out 100 delegates ahead.

    The guy is Steve Urkel with a better tailor. Go figure.

    February 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. frank

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Johnson

    Great Endorsement!!!!!

    Obama 08

    February 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Yolanda Diaz

    So much for endorsements

    February 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Ann

    Another vote bought by Obama.. This is what money and Ted Kennedy can do.. Another one going for 'charisma' and the cool guy..

    Hillary'08!

    February 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. John

    yes we can!!

    Out with the old, in with the new.

    Go obama!

    February 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Boy George

    YAHOO! GO BARACK!

    February 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. CURTIS

    ATTENTION:

    JUST BY READING THE DEEP SEEDED RACIAL OVERTONES DIRECTED AT OBAMA I,M VOTING FOR HILLARY SO WE WON'T LOSE ANOTHER INTELLIGENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN...MALCOM, MARTIN, AND GERONIMO PRATT WAS ENOUGH. AMERICA WILL NEVER BE READY FOR A NON-WHITE PRESIDENT OR MAYBE IN 300 YEARS AFTER ALL THE RACES HAVE INTERMINGLED AND NOONE RACE WILL BE PURE ANY MORE.

    February 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Pedro Norberto from Portugal

    one more !!!!! GOOOO OBAMA !!!!

    February 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Maxine from WA State

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will be caucusing for Obama tomorrow!
    Obama 08"

    February 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. maria gloria ortiz

    It was expected from an area like Washington State. All professional, educated, and enlighted people will back up Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States. Be "united" and as Democrats vote for Barack Obama.

    February 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. intellegant voter

    BIG NEWS HERE......BARACK OBAMA IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE TO BEAT MCCAIN ON EVERY POLL TALLIED.......HILLARY LOSES ON MOST.......LETS PROPEL THIS CANDIDATE TO VICTORY BOTH IN NOMINATION AND PRESIDENCY....OBAMA 08

    February 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Nathan

    At least the senators know to support a winner. Go Hillary!!!

    February 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Sis

    Congrats to another strong female who has decided it is all about the best candidate that can get the job done! With Obama, yes we can.

    February 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. RK

    i bet the governor does not want to Hillary to be the first woman president because she is saving it for herself. I wonder why she did not run for president (hmmmnn). can you believe it she prefer obama because of his charisma and leadership skjills. what leadership skills are you refering to, gov? what Hillary does is not enough for you? And by the way, I haven't even heard about you until this article was posted by cnn!

    February 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Thomas For Hillary

    One for him, two for Hillary, enough said!!

    February 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. J

    BRAVO! Another win for OBAMA!

    February 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Gregory H. Brooklyn New York

    The question that must be answered is, which candidate can unite and inspire a tattered nation and the world?? I believe Senator Barack Obama is that singular candidate. Yes We Can!!

    February 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Aillyn

    Barack Obama's going to win the democratic election. Especially after a WOMAN GOVERNOR endorses him. :O

    February 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Tim

    What leadership skills. Hillary has been a leader and has way more leadership skills then Obama. Did Oprah have something to do with this endorsement. Are they jealous of Hillary.

    February 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. ellie

    GO OBAMA...

    February 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. GO Hillary!

    Gov. Christine Gregoire,
    How can you endorse the blah blah blah of Obama? Washington Dems... take charge and be smarter!

    February 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Adeniyi Adenekan

    I believe Barack Obama would win this race ...
    I need some clarification though on the difference between pledged delegates and super delegates

    February 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. David

    YAY! Another one has seen the light! How many more need to endorse him before you Hillary supporters recognize the innevitable??

    Barack Obama will be our next President!

    February 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Jorge from California

    More and more people are joining the Movement!!!
    Please Ask Hillary Clinton to Drop from the Race!!!! She is a fake! she lies! she is greedy! she will divide the country!
    I am a democrat but will NEVER vote for her!!!!

    February 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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