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. roy CA

    keep cleaning those caucuses up obama and the walls of the primaries will continue to crumble in your favor.

    February 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Barbara from Seattle

    Nice to see Governor Gregoire endorse Senator Obama. I am looking forward to caucusing for him this coming Saturday. Please come join me and make your voice heard. It's important that we bring about the change we need in this country.

    February 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Rich in Seattle

    As a resident of Washington, I am proud of you Christine!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. sambudhollybear

    people of Washington vote for Hillary you will get the change that we needed for the American people. Go Hillary

    February 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Bert,

    Why is it that everytime somebody endorses Obama you put it in big letters but you don't do the same with Clinton when somebody endorses her? Is this what you call fair newscasting or you do this intentionally to attract more Obama supporters who are mostly African-Americans and who don't usually pay attention to CNN? How about us who are always there with you because of your fairness?

    February 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Bill (Seattle)

    We can't wait to caucus for Barack tomorrow! Personally not much of a Gregoire fan, but I guess this won't hurt, though MA proved that having both senators endorsing a candidate doesn't always pan out.

    Most everyone I know loves Barack–and yes, we have researched, read and understand his positions. I'm not anti-Hillary, but I believe he is a far better candidate on so many levels.

    It's so nice to feel that your vote actually does matter this year!

    February 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Jay C

    Gosh when it comes to Obama everyone just falls in line.

    February 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Sharon Jenson

    Its going to take a lot more than charisma to clean up the mess Bush will leave behind. I choose not to roll the dice and go with experience. Hillary knows what awaits her, and she speaks for the majority of the American people.

    February 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Tracy, TX

    Endorsements may not mean the world when talking about peoples' votes, but they do speak volumes about ones credibility. I mean look, I wouldnt endorse an un-motivated, vision-less, and incompetent (get the point) individual to lead my country.

    Would you?

    Obama 08!!

    February 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Great...
    Another rational Democratic leader!!

    February 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Ken,NY

    all these woman politician who endorsed Obamba believe they will be his
    running mate will be very disappointed. Obamba has his running mate long time
    ago. It will be non other than John Kerry. Just ask the chief adviser to Obamba,
    Axelrod. HE WAS RUNNING JOHN KERRY'S fail 2004 campaign.

    February 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Angel

    This is great news GO Obama 08

    February 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Laine in California

    This is great news! Here is another indication that all women aren't supporting Hillary Clinton! Although I have nothing against Hillary and truly admire that she is a political machine in her own right. I believe this country, including Hillary can use a change in WA. Although Senator Obama is certainly charasmatic he is also very qualified and capable to lead this country. This is evident in how he's put together such a masterful and brilliant campaign.

    February 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Ed K.

    Christine knows where her bread is buttered. Washington is mostly Black and if she doesn't want to cause a storm she better back him. CNN keeps talking about how Obama does so much better when the format is a caucuse. This is such a load. Obama wins the states where the population is mostly Black. Yes this race has turned into a movement, a Black movement and everyone sees it. Obama does not have the experience to be president but he is Black and with the Black community this seems to be all that matters. If I was Black I also would want to have a Black president but I still would want him to be qualified first.

    February 8, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. changbowbow

    Go McCain! Forget the pathetic democrats who value charisma over political experience. We're at war, people. Do you think the terrorists will give up their fight over some charm? Give me a brake, President of the US is the commander in chief of the Army and Navy. If you want charming fellows, vote for Regis and Kelly.

    February 8, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Felly

    Obama is the real deal. Way to go Obama'08!

    February 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. joe

    why no headlines about the two us senators supporting hillary..

    cnn its real obvious how you..indirectly..show your support for obama..

    hillary is one strong woman to put up with this type of media support for obama

    hillary 08

    February 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Patrick

    Why was there no political ticker when Senator Patty Murray endorsed CLinton a week ago? Was Cnn was too busy idolizing Obama?

    February 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Patrick

    Why was there no political ticker when Senator Patty Murray endorsed CLinton a week ago? Was Cnn too busy idolizing Obama?

    February 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Dem

    endordements do not matter,stop headlining them ,please!

    February 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Go for the Win!

    Shameful! and what has she done for Washington lately – nothing!

    February 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Philippa

    Obama08.I am happy more people are seeing the writing on the wall.
    Hillary is so divisive and cannot win a general election.

    February 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Again, Obama is simply the best.

    February 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Sue (Seattle, WA)

    Yay!
    I'll be at my local Dem caucus tomorrow supporting Mr Obama!

    February 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. John

    As the campaign rolls on it is becoming clear that an Obama nominee would carry with hime an increased number of Congressmen and women and senators with him in the coming general election. The stark fact is Billary will not. To win the general it will be nessecary to carry some red, swing and all the blue states, again it is highly unlikely that Billary can achieve this goal but there is a reasonable expectation the Barack Obama could and will. For my fellow Democrats it is now make your mind up time do you want a long shot at the Whitehouse or do you want a near racing certainty.

    Hillary = lose
    Obama = win

    take it or leave it.

    February 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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