May 7th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
5 years ago

More North Carolina superdelegates weigh in

Schuler is a first term Democrat.
Schuler is a first term Democrat.

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina announced Wednesday that he is backing Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, CNN has confirmed.

Shuler, a former NFL quarterback, is a superdelegate. The first-term congressman represents the 11th district in the western part of the state

Shuler has said in the past that he would support whoever won his district in Tuesday's North Carolina primary. Clinton won the district by 13 points.

On Tuesday, as North Carolina voters weighed in at the polls, Barack Obama also gained one of the state’s superdelegates: Democratic National Committee member Jeanette Council announced her support for his White House run.

UPDATE: Wednesday afternoon, the Obama campaign confirmed Council's endorsement, and announced the support of two more superdelegates: North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek, and California Democratic National Committee member Inola Henry.

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Dave

    It's clear that this guy is also a typical selfish politician

    May 7, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Pandering

    This guy is an idiot! What does he do in Congress when he is voting, flip a coin?

    May 7, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Lambert Moore

    I repsect his decision but it is time for the democrats to unite

    May 7, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Tired of your retoric

    I hope that you are voted out of office for not supporting change

    May 7, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. WOW

    I guess this will be his last term as a congressman!
    What a buffun!!

    May 7, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. James

    Typical. Someone has the audacity to not fall into goose-step with the Obama supporters and his is "dumb." These children are great.

    May 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Debby

    Good for Schuler at least he is a man of his word with her chances being slim.

    May 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Tab

    West Virginia – COME ON BOARD. You went for Kennedy, Now go for Obama. Show the rest of the country, they you too are tired of the same ole same ole in Washington. Give Obama chance. Don't let the media tell you that you have to give your vote to the past.

    May 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. fred

    Moderator are you from NC??? Why did you block my comment....

    At least there is one person (Heath Shuler) in NC with brains!!!

    May 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Lauren-CO

    If thats what he said he was going to do from the start then there is no harm, he kept his word.

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Shuler did the right thing, he made a promise and stuck with it, even if it was for a dead end candidate.

    However, CNN has neglected to report the two of the four superdelegates that have chosen Obama today!

    While I could make "pillow" reference to Clinton, I think she could use a pillow or two after the blows she took yesterday.

    May 7, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. An American in Canada

    Heath Shuler I will try one more time to thank you for respecting your own word and secondly for being young enough so you can climb up the political ladder and one day run for the presidency...

    May 7, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. vict

    Please do not blame him He just respect what he said.

    May 7, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Debra Austin, Texas

    Only on CNN would there be a serious article entitled, "Can Hillary Rebound?". CNN needs to stop feeding the beast. As much as Time Warner wants Clinton as the nominee, you're now to the point of being the laughing stock of any political 'new' website.

    May 7, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. manny t

    superdelegates need to follow the will of the voters obama won so superdelagates need to rally behind him now.. Hillary just go home its over and u lost ur shot for next time too go obama.

    May 7, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Don't forget Shuler can change his mind and he won't be the only one.

    May 7, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Omar from NC

    Shuler, you should not disrespect the rest of the districts through North Carolina. The voters voted for Senator Obama and you should support the candidate they chose. You are a disgrace to the people of North Carolina and to the democratic party. You as a super delegate should know better. Shame on you!

    May 7, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. D.Kimbro OHIO

    What choice did he have as an elected official. I would rather he kept his word then run the risk of losing his seat due to angry supporters who would label him as a liar. So I guess it is only fitting he back her.

    May 7, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. EDW

    Can you say sinking ship???

    May 7, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Sure

    Isn't that how the Obama camp says super delegates should vote: by how their constituents voted. So why are the Obamabots complaining?!

    May 7, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Harrison

    Heath Shuler – he wasn't a very good quarterback so I hope he is a better politician. Sounds like he may have had a few concussions but have to say he is sticking to his word.

    May 7, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Hope is universal

    Shuler is playing without a full deck on this one. What on earth could be his reasoning for doing this?

    May 7, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. S

    This guy need to go back to playing football for real. How in the world did he get become a superdelegate? Now that's someone who is out of touch. Who voted him to be congressman? And Why?

    May 7, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Teebob2000

    As adept at choices in politics as he was on the gridiron... What career??

    May 7, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. brian

    The Illonois senator's loss in Indiana proved that Obama may not win some crucial demographic segments. Without the decisive support from those segments he could not win the general election.

    Clinton 08

    May 7, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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