May 7th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
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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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  1. Craig H

    How ironic, Shuler gives support to Hillary because his constituency voted for her – while at the same time she beats the drum about superdelegates doing just the opposite in order for her to capture the nomination.

    May 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. jay

    The joke of the day!

    May 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. H. MacArthur

    Well what do you expect. He went to church with Bill.

    May 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. truthurts

    Shuler is keeping his word and his job...

    May 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. cameleon116

    what about Edwards ?

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Pete in Canada

    He did not have to back anybody! He might have made a promise and kept it ...I don't know and that is certainly admirable..but it is a useless and very bad decision in respect to the party,

    May 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Mani, NJ

    Hillary Clinton will prevail at the end. Voters should not be blinded by some smooth talking guy in a shiny suit. Lets not forget she did win Indiana. A win is still a win. Although Obama won NC, that outcome was totally predicted based on the demograhics of that state. So what else is new. Obama is not electable and I hope these superdelegates do their job and make the right decision and vote for Hillary.

    May 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Terry Head, Chicago, IL

    To whom voters give much, much is expected. However, on this point, Sen. Clinton has left much unfulfilled. She has fallen short of the nomination as she fell short on universal healthcare. She should concede the Democratic presidential nomination race to Sen. Obama. Her biggest challenge now will be to help mend and heal the political wounds caused by this bitter and ugly primary fight.

    May 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Yes we can!

    A man of his word...I can respect that...but i thought it was about the will of the "people" and not "districts"....looks like these elected officials are worried about their jobs....if they go against their district they will loose come re-election....these democratic governors needed to remember that as well when they are up for relection....it's clear governor easly endorsed her prematurely and she lost big time and now the people of NC is going to remember that come his time for re-election......

    May 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Mike in Columbus

    No need to bash this guy... I support Obama, but I respect this guy's decision to follow his district.

    Glad to see Obama picked up 3 more dels though!

    May 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Patty

    I can't believe all you Obama people just know so much. Too bad you can't solve all the problems. Just wait you will see.

    May 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Grant

    I guess the 5 Supers, including another defector to Obama that he received this morning are not news to CNN? Or not the news that they wanted to hear

    May 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. ET in Texas

    Hey folks, lay off Shuler. In case you missed it, he presented one of the best bills in Congress for Imigration reform. He did what he promised his constituents (they chose to elect him, remember). Now it will be his job to help bring those constituents on board in November. Get over the football thing guys, grow up a little. At least he kept his word to his district, now THAT's change!

    May 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Shannon Bowling Green, KY

    For all of you Obama supporters screaming about the NC superdelegate who is supporting Hillary, need I remind you of Bill Richardson? Hillary won NM and he's still backing Obama. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. This needs to go ALL the way to the convention. Pledged delegates and super delegates alike can change their mind at ANY time.

    May 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Belle

    Senator Clinton is ready to lead! Think!

    May 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Cecelia

    This man played football of course he is going to say tackle it. I am beginning to believe that what Hilliary has stated about backing Obama to become presidents is a lie what I think she did was threatened to ruin the party if they did not argue her case. See that's why women can not lead they too vandictive. I could see if she had a chance, but she do not and for the super delegates not to come forward and tell her that by making their decision to back Obama is giving her big head and making her think she got a shot. The bottom line is we need to get this over with to solve some of these solutions that she claim to be taking care now. Those florida delegates can not be sented in her favor because neither state was an official election period. I think Obama as winner should have the right to choose his Vice president in which I trust he will choose someone that will make Nov a day to remember. Hilliary is trying to prove she is needed, but I am sure there is someone even more powerful that will bring that vote home. Do you know who? possibly a republican, a women whoever they have to have a strong foreign war background and a negotiator. Post your ideas?

    May 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Joseph in PA

    I respect the man for his integrity. He is still wet behind the ears, too. Will have to learn to be careful about the promises he makes. LOL

    But, more should be reported on the four or more super delegates that Obama picked up today and the ones he got yesterday...????

    May 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. SMOQ

    Don't be silly and vote against your own and Americas own self interest.
    That would really be just DUMB.........
    SUPPORT YOUR PAERTY'S NOMINEE PLEASE WE NEED A CHANGE
    AND EITHER OF OUR POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC NOMINEES WOULD BE A HISTORICAL CHANGE TO THE FACE OF THE WHITE HOUSE.......
    AND I BELIEVE A GOOD CHANGE FOR ALL AMERICANS.....

    May 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Gerard

    Hillary Clinton it is you the wealthy and well connected with earnings of 110 millions.

    Conflicts of interest in Dubai, Cayman Islands and trade speeches in Columbia.

    Taking care of our negleted troops when you voted for the war. It is an insult the gas tax break and now asking for more money to fund your campaign.

    You are full of nonsense, BRING OUT THE SHOVEL AND SPLUNGER.

    May 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Ron

    when is the power behind obama going to let the reverend out. are they waiting for a double header with the rezko trial this summer

    May 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Keith

    Wow! How many Super Bowl rings and SEC Conference Championship rings do Obama and Hillary have? To read your comments one would think being a football quarterback was a prerequisite to being a politician. Absurd! But then, reading your comments with the awful spelling and atrocious grammar I am wondering how you could read the ballot to vote. It does not matter who Shuler supports as a superdelegate for western North Carolina as the democrats will be wiped out in that part of the state anyway come November.

    May 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I guess he can say goodbye to black constituents in his district. At least he's man enough to vote his conscience.

    May 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. paul

    I agree CNN you have gotten real sad with this one sided mess...but it is your brothers/sisters as well as. I agree with others that you get the one for her and the 5 or 6 for him buried somewhere..dont blow this for our country, news will live on...

    May 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. show me

    well it s clear he s as good at this job as he was in the nfl loser

    May 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Carl

    Supporting who won his district? Wow, talk about wanting to get re-elected. I think going with the state might make more sense or just go with the popular vote.. or how about go with the "presumptive nominee" so we can get this over with?

    May 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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