April 28th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 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. Dr. D

    Glad to see the spine Governor. Paging John Edwards. Go CLINTON!!

    April 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. stephen, ca

    Awesome, now just wait when Edwards endorses Hillary.
    And the nomination goes to Hillary Clinton!!

    April 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Daryl from Seattle

    Best endorsement money can buy!!

    April 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Obama?

    haha...

    It's so much fun to see Obama fans get depressed...

    April 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. warrenstone

    I understand why the North carolina governor backed Hillary.
    Hillary and husband clinton have succeeded in Bulling all the super delegades. They prefer not to endorse anybody, or endorse Obama and face what happened to Bill Richardson. This couple is the best bully i have never seen

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

    This is one dumb politician. NC is turning democratic b/c blacks from the north are moving there is droves. Easley we will not forget this. You better hope she gets in the White House and give you a position b/c we will stay home the next time you run....LOL
    That's why John Edwards has not endorsed her yet stupid. He does not want to piss off the blacks in NC. He's gonna take your job!

    April 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Tom,des moines

    Thank you GOV. Easley for endose HillaryClinton for the presidency. You have make the right choice. Go Team Hillary! Together we can help Hillary win it all.

    April 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Bill - Charlotte

    I live in N.C. and initially voted for Easley. I can tell you, that if Hillary wins N.C., it won't be because of his endorsement. He is no longer a political force and consider by most to be a joke. In fact, his endorsement might prove hurt her. My guess is it will have no effect.

    April 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. gary

    FRANK GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. HRC WAS ON THE BALLOT FOR FLA. AND MICH. YOUR LITTLE BOY O.B. IS THE ONE THAT TOOK HIS NAME OFF. HRC IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WANTS FLA. AND MICH. TO FEEL LIKE THEY STILL ARE PART OF THE U.S.A. NOT LIKE O.B. WHO DONT GIVE A -T. HE DIDN'T CARE FOR NEW ORLEANS EITHER. YOUR VOTES IS ALL HE WANTS. A REAL GOOD CHOICE FOR A LEADER. WHAT A JOKE.

    April 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Eric-PA

    The tide is turning!!!!!

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

    When are some people going to start to realize that Hillary Clinton is the one to be te leader of the Democrates.

    If Obama get in as the "BIG GUY", be ready for at least four more years of a Prsident the same as the one that has been in for the past eight years.
    Is that what you want ?

    Clinton has a way, way, way better chance of beating MCain than Obama does.

    April 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. tren

    So you guys are releasing an unofficial endorsement for Clinton from a "source" on the ticker and Micheal Moore has endorsed Obama openly and no news spot at all? Micheal Moore was the one who put health care on the forefront of the agenda for the overall presidential race! What an outrage.

    April 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Portland, OR

    My reaction was summed up by James carville's reaction on CNN. I almost simultaneously did the same gesture of pumping my fist.

    Go Hillary. On a different note, I heard Bill Clinton speak the other day here in Portland. Whatever you freaks have to say, THAT guy is brilliant. So stop focuing on his zipper and focus on his brain and give him credit for the good he has done this country.

    April 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. HillarySkank on myspace

    I believe that the people of North Carolina have the intelligence to vote correctly no matter what their loser Gov says. Too bad he is hooking up with the crowd that will throw him under the bus the first chance they get.

    GObama 08

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Travis-NC

    The more and more I read everybody's posts it just makes me realize that we have already lost in November. Hillary Clinton has done a great job of dividing us. She will never be ahead, and don't try to throw MI and FL in there, there's no possible way to be fair while factoring those two in. She should have quit a while ago. There's was a time I would have voted for whoever won the nomination, but that's certainly not the case now.

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Bill FROM KY

    IT WON'T MATTER. IF YOU SPLIT THE REMAINING PLEDGED DELEGATES 50/50(OBAMA IS FAVORED TO WIN ABOUT 60% OF THEM ANYWAY) THEN OBAMA WOULD NEED ABOUT 79 OF THE REMAINING 300 SUPERDELEGATES FOR THE NOMINATION.

    OH BY THE WAY IS ANYONE OUT THERE FROM SALISBURY NC? I LIVED THERE AS A 3 YR OLD. NC IS A FANTASTIC STATE!!

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. tangie

    He will regret it..forsure! Billary is due t speak any day now!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. GoHillary

    Way to go Hillary! Thank you gov for realizing the true candidate of choice. Now if Obama would just stop running and dividing the party we could move on with the elections

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Chris, Orlando, FL

    AMEN TO THAT!

    About time someone has the good sense to rebuff Senator Obama and his lunatic base.

    Hillary 2008!

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Heidi in Houston

    This is bad news for Obama, unfortunately. Look at how Ed Rendell of PA worked day and night to secure a Clinton win. I hope the same doesn't happen in NC. I hope the voters are able to win this for Obama. I thought Obama had NC in the bag until now. This governor's endorsement definitely poses a threat to the Obama campaign and now I'll be surprised if Obama wins NC. Bummer!

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Obama will win anyway

    It's a political suicide for the governor, he will never win anymore. It's so sad he will realize this next time he runs for governor. Obama will win big in NC, and with a slight margin in IN

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. susannah jones

    Well done Hillary you are the best person and in fact, your whole family is what this country needs right now....yes some people might not like it, but just as the parent has to dole out the discipline to the unruly children for their own good so the Clintons will have to to clean up after the Bush administration and the awful people that have been hating on them for months and months with no basis except their uncontrollable visceral outbursts............just think of how many awful journalists are going to have to hide under a rock for a while not to mention, what are we going to do with all those OBAMA banners. The only silver lining is that Obama has almost singlehandedly saved the advertising industry in this time of recession....the only problem is that he did it on false hopes and got money from the people who could least afford it
    Susannah Jones

    April 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Rose Szymanski

    yea for North Carolina at least some one has a functioning Brain in this state wake up people Obama only repeats what Hillary has been saying for six years at least she puts her hand over her heart when the star spangled banner is played that is more than what he does he has no platform he does not respect the flag and we are all gun clinging and religious clinging voters what does that make him?????

    April 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Texan

    To Sen Obama,

    accpet this open debate offer from Sen Clinton to prove one last time that you just dont read pre-written-scripts, but have your own brain also to answer real-time questions.
    If you run away from Clinton, McCain will get you in November. Do it now, or be a chicken.

    April 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. lol

    hillary will win NC. after reverend wrights speeches, americans are getting a clearer picture of obama. this man listened to this extreme rhetoric for over 2 decades. it is insulting for obama to think americans are so stupid that we think in over 20 years he never once heard any of this hateful rhetoric from rev. wright. how much of this ideology does obama really believe? you have to question the judgement of someone who would stay and listen to this venom!

    April 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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