April 28th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Sources: North Carolina governor to back Clinton

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North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley.
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley.

(CNN) – North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley will endorse Hillary Clinton's White House bid, two sources close to the campaign tell CNN.

The endorsement could give the New York senator a boost in the state with one week to go until its crucial May 6 primary. Recent polling suggests Barack Obama currently holds a double-digit lead over Clinton there, though no polls have been released since Clinton’s win in Pennsylvania last week.

Easley is also a superdelegate - one of the party's nearly 800 insiders who will determine which candidate wins the Democratic nomination. Earlier Monday, the Obama campaign announced it had picked up its own superdelegate endorsement, New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman.


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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. SLO Bear

    Does Rush Limbaugh have something on him?

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. LINDA,FL

    You will?

    yes/ You will Clonton's slaves all over with debts and Disgrace.
    That was is Your fate with Monsters.

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. islandgirl

    one more for hillary. but the math isn't there for her. even if she wins the rest of the states left 60% and splits indiana and nc 50/50, according to the delegate count calculator, she would need 70%+ of the rest of the 305 superdelegates to reach the 2025 goal, whereas, obama would need only about 37% of the rest of the supers. it may be possible but unlikely. as of right now she is only slightly ahead in supers.

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. carlo

    Perhaps the good governor should have considered this, as noted today on the Daily Kos:

    "Clinton is airing this advertisement in Indiana, bemoaning the closure of a defense contractor Magnequench's manufacturing plant in Valparaiso (she is also echoing this line in her stump speeches). Looking at the camera, she tells us she's upset that the 200 jobs that were sent to China, and that "now America's defense relies on Chinese spare parts." And then comes the kicker: She tells viewers that "George Bush could have stopped it, but he didn't."

    Clinton is certainly right that it is a tragedy that 200 American jobs were killed in a corporate deal that also exported sensitive military technology to China. But she forgets to mention that it wasn't George Bush who was in the key position to stop it – it was Bill Clinton."

    I guess she's hoping that the people of Indiana are too stupid to pick up on this. I'm hoping she's wrong.

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Way to Go

    Thank you Governor – Hillary is the one that will switch back on the light that has gone out in America.

    To all of the Obama supporters who don't like it –
    As Crystal Gale would say – "Don't it turn your brown eyes green"!!

    As far as Obama surprising Hillary with debating after all

    Bring it on!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. cpljoeb

    I am from NC and who is Mike Easley? He is the governor who has towns buying water from each other, has the 2nd highest state gas tax in the US, and seem to get the school system back on track, even though we have a education state lottery. Our teachers pay is low and our kids are still going to school in trailers. He is a nobody trying to be a somebody. Didn't vote for him and thank god he is not running again because he would lose.

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Ohiobo, J From Vancouver, Canada

    Great choice Governor. Hillary is better ready to be President than Obama.

    April 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Shannon from North Carolina

    Easley's political endorsement will mean his downfall in a state that is clearly supporting Obama. I hope he's ready to move out of state after his term. Senator Obama has honesty, brilliance, and a willingness to tell us the truth. Clinton, however, has only the ability to manipulate the process by lying and coverups which will only diminish any legacy the Clinton's could once count on. Unfortunately, the media needs to keep the advertisers happy with ratings so anything can be considered news.

    April 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. SHIRLEY,OH

    Good Job!!! It's nice to know that your a logical man!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. clinton

    he's the only one in north carolina supporting clinton lol have him

    April 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. deb

    To Grif, watch what you wish for. Hillary ALWAYS wins the debates with Obama. He just talks about change and stammers his way through any attacks on his character. Hillary is a fighter, articulate and knows what she is talking about. She has good answers/ideas about what she plans to do for our country when elected President. Obama just doesn't come across as strong like Hillary or prepared to answer questions about his plans for our country. He's too vague.

    April 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. John

    very courageous or political suicide?

    April 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Dusacre

    The governor doesn't want an anti-Obama advertisement from NC GOP aimed at him.

    April 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Wanda

    Finally, a Democrat with some common sense who knows Hillary is the best and most qualified candidate! If you want to win in November against the Republican's, Democrats had better wake up and back Hillary. She, not Obama, can and will beat McCain.

    April 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. mr stlouis

    hillary and the republicans are behind this!

    April 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. lil

    He may need to join her staff because everyone else is leaving.

    April 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Randy - Denver

    Interesting each candidate gets a superdelegate, Ms. Clinton gets a bifg write up and Mr. Obama gets an "oh by the way" . For those of you who are counting that is 2 for Ms. Clinton since her "huge win" in PA (where she only lost 21% of her support in the 6 weeks before the vote) and 6 superdelegates for Mr. Obama... oh by the way

    April 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. ladybmore

    What connection does he have and what does he owe them?

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. joe

    Thanks for deciding early. We are hoping all superdelegate to do the same thing soon. We were expection you to be winner side
    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. NC Undecided

    Do people who are bashing Gov. Easley that hes not gonna get elected for next term even know that hes in his last term?

    GOOD CHOICE!!!!
    TIDE IS TURNING. AND THIS IS CHANGE!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. aliou

    That socks.

    We can't let this keep on going. he knows that endorsing clinton is not helping. no matter the spin on the clinton's lie machinery, she is history.

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. JLPR

    yay! smart choice governor =)

    Hillary 08!

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. ron

    he gets one she gets one – tit for tat, it really does not matter, matematically she can only get it now if she steals it! If that happens their will be anarchy! Dogs talking, cats flying.

    Honestly its all over and she is takign the eniter dem party with her!

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Michael in CA

    How come when Obama got a Gov. last week, from OK a state which Clinton handily won, it was labeled as a Major Super Delegate. Now Gov. Easley's endorsement is major as well, even though he is leaving at the end of this year. Call it as it is CNN, be fair and honest something y'all haven't been this election cycle.

    Hillary no matter what a drive to have your name added to the ballot in Nov. will be underway! Love it love it love it!! I am so glad I voted for someone who has not duped me and someone who is a fighter and not a talker.

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. TerrenceW from NC

    Easley, you can just imagine what your reelction chances are. I'm voting for Pat McCory (Charlotte mayor) to beat you out of office anyway.

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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