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. M.Lynn

    Wow! I read a lot of comments on the various news sources online and the supporters of Hillary are the most mean- spirited. Monkey see monkey do obviously! The endorsement by the governor of NC is predictable.

    April 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. fred

    He must be a smart man!!

    Go Hillary!!

    April 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. southerndem

    Obama is going to win NC by 15+ points next tuesday so this is an interesting endorsement. Unlike the Clintonites I won't whine and say he is a judas or traitor ,just a guy doing what he thinks is right. Looks like we have a superdelegate wash for the day so not a huge deal.

    April 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Wow. Big endorsement at a critical time.

    April 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Antoinette

    Doubt that will change any minds

    especially the African American votes

    But on the other hand, good for her.

    Still wondering why i dont see anything about neither endorsements that Obama has won on Sunday and Today

    Hmmmmm

    April 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Jay

    YES YES YES..Welcome to the winning Team Sir!!!

    OBAMA...DROP OUT!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. California Girl

    Excellent news! Gov. Easley thank you for doing the right thing. Gov. Easley has faith in Hillary's nomination to beat McCain in November.

    April 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Hillary/08

    A Governor no less!!!!! If he can do for her, what Rendell did, there is hope for a really great nominee, to win in November.

    April 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Don, Ft. Worth, Tx

    Sad. Please explain to me what Hillary's qualifications are? 1. Married to Bill, 2. Senator with mediocre accomplishments, 3. Her way or highway. Please explain her appeal. She is mean spirited, divisive and has no grasp of how to work with people. She nods her head like a bobble head doll. Please explain her appeal. I choose Obama or McCain over her.

    April 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. HH

    It will not help. Does Ruth Ann Minner, John Baldacci, Martin O Malley ring a bell. They are all Governors that backed Clinton and Obama won there state. Easley is on his way out due to being term limited so I guess he is looking for a position in her white house.

    April 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. ree

    Thank you Gov. Easley. You know she will fight for us and be the better president because she got experience.

    I quess Gov. Bingaman was blackmailed by Obama or maybe it was heavy pressure from him. You see Obama supporters we can say the same thing. Remember he is not perfect.

    April 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Gigi

    It's too late! Despites this endorsement, Obama win.
    Go OBAMA 08!

    April 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Ilene MI

    I doubt this will help. It appears that so far the people of NC have some brains. I hope IN gets smart.

    April 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Dave

    He is free to endorse whoever he chooses, but not choosing to endorse the candidate that will most likely win your state by double digits is politically unwise. But it is his decision to make.

    April 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Brett

    Add another one to the list, y'all.

    CLINTON '08!

    April 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. wd in calgary

    Only two reasons a SuperD gets behind Clinton.
    1. A simple suck-up, wants the favor returned and knows Clinton will play that game over time, whereas Obama will not.
    2. Racism

    All-in-all, I am surprised and a bit knocked back from my life-long pro-US perspective. The negative racial undertones in the white community in general and the politicians, specifically, is worse than I thought it ever really was.

    April 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Mindful

    All I can say is case : BC304174
    lasuperiorcourt.org

    April 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. give it up

    hillary,

    you can have the governor. obama will still crush you in NC. that is all.

    April 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Don, Ft. Worth, Tx

    Oh and did I mention she lacks sincerity? Listen to her laugh, watch her smile. Bobble head Bobble head. ABC anybody but Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Ana in L.A.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make us proud AGAIN!

    April 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. WIll

    Political Suicide?
    Possibly. Seeing as how his state will probably be heavily in Obama's column come May 7th. Still, it's his right.

    April 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. George

    what a clown

    April 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. FNJ in Pa

    IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!

    DROP OUT HILLARY. YOUR LOSING!

    April 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. JohnS

    Poor choice Governor.
    After all the negativity, doesn't America deserve better?

    This Country was founded on truth and honesty and not on spin and lies.

    GOD Bless America.

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    April 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Alex in TX

    Where are all the Hillary supporters saying "how dare you support a candidate different than the people of your state."

    April 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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