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

Sources: North Carolina governor to back Clinton

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. George, Los Angeles

    Great job Mr. Easley! Thank you so much for seeing past the hype and going for the tried and true. I'm an African-American, and I'm for Hillary Clinton. What does that tell you?

    April 28, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Ilona Proud Canadian

    You folks are kidding right?

    This man "had" to endorse Hillary. He was petrified of what would happen when James Carville attacked him, had he voted for Barack. Not everyone can stand up to James Carville's horse manure! This man (JC) is really scary.

    Does anyone know what the situation is with the Super Delegates who have voted to date? How many for Hillary, how many for Barack?

    April 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I am a republican and have been pretty loyal in the past. I have to admit that Obama has inspired me, and that's not easy to do. I hate the fighting and underhandedness of what's going on. Even with all the mess surrounding Obama right now I still think he has something special. If he should lose I will have to vote for McCain, A CLINTON by any name is completely unacceptable. The Clinton's think they are the democtatic party and have pushed their weight around long enough!

    April 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    The Obama-bots are going to attack him. One of the commenters above is really looking for dirt. How sad.. I say let Rev. Wright speak over and over, he will seal the fate of Obama. Go Rev. Wright , America needs you. Maybe he is more of an American then we thought. He knows that Obama is nothing more then your average politician, WINK, WINK

    April 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Annamica, OH

    Congratulations to Sen. Clinton. We will win back the WH from the gop this fall!!!

    And yes I also congratulated Sen. Obama on his SD endorsement. It's up to CNN to post these comments.

    April 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Thomas

    funny how CNN's ticker shows this endorsement, but has failed to mention the fact that Obama now has been endorsed by more Senators than Hillary

    April 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Max

    She can't beat Barack by HERSELF!!! She is 'strong' ONLY with GOVERNOR's machine behind her ... It's time to see the REAL Clinton – without the machine!! How many votes they will give her? How many fabricated results we should see before she is kicked out of the race?

    April 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Fredd of LA

    Thank goodness, somebody in NC is attuned to the smart choice people are doing which is to vote for an electable candidate- HILLARY! Everything will make sense now, thank you governor!

    North Carolina, wake up, you still have a chance to vote for the smart choice– HILLARY

    April 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Bill Brown

    There went that guy's shot for the Vice Presidency.

    April 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. RAY SF

    Marie, get over it. You are such a typical Obama supporter. Angry and irrational and bitter. he endorsed her because he has a brain and can see what is going on.

    April 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. marie lynn Mtl, Can.

    What a mistake governor, what a mistake...

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Arthur-Texas


    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Jack in ND

    I wonder how many Clintonites who just finished condemning the New Mexico senator for going against the popular will in the other thread by endorsing Hillary will be silent, if not level praise, on this one.

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Parsifal

    I hope that whatever happens people keep to their senses and Democrats will vote for other Democrats. I hope everyone can see how serious this is and to hold vendettas against either candidate and vote for Republicans out of spite is sheer stupidity, immaturity and insanity. Both candidates will strengthen our country!

    Democrat for 08!

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Eli

    THANK YOU. Finally a man that is not afraid to stand up and say who he knows will be the best person for the job.

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Polly Morris

    Thanks Governor. Now we need John and Elizabeth to do the right thing and endorse Hillary. Shame on you CNN for having to mention Obama in this article. Your bias is really showing!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. kim

    Another elitist politician backing the rich, powerfull and elite Clintons. Yay yay, you go Girl.

    April 28, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Jack in ND

    ""Well the Governor might be supporting Hillary, but the Mayors from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Pittsboro are supporting Obama!!!""

    So are both Democratic candidates vying to be the next governor of North Carolina!

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. NC Voter

    Easley is not all that popular, this is from a Charlotte newspaper article:
    "Easley's hopes of improving his administration's credibility, as welcome as it is here in the last nine months of his administration, must start with a candid recognition that his office doesn't have that much credibility to improve"

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Cynthia, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Great Choice!!!!!

    Clinton -08

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Canadian Cate

    Some of these "posters" should be writing for a comedy show – you call this political debate – hah – aren't you all tired of spinning around like tops? Ravenous to leap on whatever the latest media blather offers you – whatever side you're on – you all have an answer for every challenge – if only real life were perfect like that!

    Best piece of advice no one asked for – take a deep breath and really (like in for real) research exactly what the candidate will likely try and accomplish – the one "you are for" .

    Reading these hateful, childish, and very very devisive posts is all the proof one needs to make that point – just think it's "you people" who are going to get the government you voted for!

    A concerned neighbor!

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Carolyn

    Yes, You made the right choice, Hilary is the only one that can beat Mccain and we desperately need a democrat in the White House this term to get us back on the road to recovery like her husband did after the first Bush mess.

    Clinton 2008

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. mattD

    This is a huge endorsement by Governor Easley!! This will definitely help Hillary closing the gap or even winning North Carolina!! The tide is definitely turning!

    Go Hillary!!

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Election Observer from Germany

    If this is true its just illogical.

    Does he think he can change anything for Hillary?

    She has already lost.

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Amber

    That doesn't surprise me "Mike Easley" has no backbone and it's just a matter of time before his time is up..... Being that I come from NC this endorsement will not affect the outcome b/c he's not that well respected... He has no clout what so ever.....

    April 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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