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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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Mike in Columbus

    I think we can all stop bashing CNN is as well... They sell comercial air time based on ratings, just like the rest.

    Biased, yes. Fair, no. News, sometimes.

    Sucks, but that won't be changing anytime soon!

    May 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. smart1

    RICH in upstate NY, you will seal the fate of others including yourself, Vote for Mc Same and the republicans will LAUGH AT THE DEMOCRATS , thye think we're stupid so just prove them right with your analogy.
    Schuler who cares that just makes up for the super dlegate she lost. Mc Govern came over to the Obama-nation . SO DO YOU !!!!!!!!! and we will be fine anyway. Clintons delegate -1 , Barack +1

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

    Here we go! Shurler, let your racism show. This woman is down in the delegates, down in the Popular vote and she is a blatant cronic lier along with her husband Bill. The Clintons are racists also along with you. She needs to give it up and save her money for Chelsea although We All know NOW WHO THE ELITIST IS (HILLARY) AND BILL! ANYONE THAT CAN LOAN THEMSELF $6.4 MILLION DOLLARS is for sure among the elite people and thinks of themselves as such!

    Go Senator Obama: Our President of these United States 2009!

    Blessed in
    New York City

    May 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Crystal Mitchell

    Hillary and all the superdelegates need to get behind Obama, and let's win the General election.

    May 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I think he must have been sacked too often .............can't imagine a young Democratic jumping on the Clinton Band wagon.....maybe they campaigned for him during his race???? Considering the overwhelming staewide results .13 votes in his district seems to be an excuse. Maybe his wife wears the pants???

    May 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. SMOQ

    SOME OF YOU ARE SICK, IN THE HEAD,
    this race for the Dems should be a good thing, instead some have used it as if the Dems are at war with each other........please it is these same petty divisions that allowed the othe party to take over int he first place
    support your party .............and it's nominee

    May 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Phong Nguyen

    People love a winner but also admire a tenacious fighter! Let's be fair and let the process run its course! If the DNC wants to shorten the primary process, it should adopt the RNC's rules! Let the nominee win the nomination by getting the required number of delegates or by the decision of the superdelegates if the first option does not determine the winner! We have to play by the rules! A win by default is not as strong as a KO or a technical decision! If the voters in Florida and Michigan are not counted, either S. Clinton or S. Obama may pay the price for it in November!

    May 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Mike T

    I don't understand why the superdelegates are weighing in now. Mccain had so much more integrity and honor than Obama ever will in this race. Let everyone vote and then I think the supers should decide. The Republicans never did this to Mike Huckabee. Show some respect for all the people that voted for her. Putting salt in a wound so early is just being elitest and bullying. These definitely aren't democrats.

    THE REPUBLICANS WILL BECOME THE NEW DEMOCRATS NOW.

    May 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Dee

    Atleast he stuck with his word. Good job DEM.

    All of us DEMS, rural, college educated, high school educated, old, young, black, white and brown all appreciate the Clintons, but it's a NEW DAY and TIME!

    Obama!!

    May 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Armon in Dallas, TX

    Clinton wouldn't even have won Indiana (although by a very narrow margin) had republicans not voted for her in order to prolong this primary. If republicans, who will not vote for her in November should she become the nominee, are what's keeping her campaign alive, that says that her "electability" argument is false. Give it up!

    Obama '08

    May 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Scott ATL

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I admire that he kept his word and did as his constituents asked him to do.

    Someone keeping their word in the Clinton campaign ought to make headlines...

    May 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    I understand that it's important to keep your word, but giving the circumstances, that's not very smart. He might as well give his vote to John Edward or just put his vote in the trash can, because it’s now useless.

    May 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Ek

    Alot of this clinton blogers have a hard time compossing a readable sentence on the blog. I wonder why. N way I guess they dont understand what is really going on here.
    Hey Man Obama thats the way to go. Keep rolling, Mccain is "no biggy"

    May 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. stop the negativity, obamabots

    All of you Obamabots bashing this guy. Look, he made a decision a long time ago and said he'd vote for whomever his district selected. And he kept his word.

    What is wrong with that?

    May 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Maggie

    Thank you for your vote of confidence for Hillary Clinton. Even though Obama is still ahead in the delegate count, I feel that Clinton is still the best choice for the presidency candidate. I think the supporters are all blinded by his speeches and his talk of change but I see Obama is no different from Clinton. She is also a candidate for change. If Obama is elected the democrat nominee then I can see for sure that McCain will be the next president. I am a democrat supporter but I would not vote for Obama. I would rather not vote or I would vote for McCain. At least he has some experience and therefore I feel that Obama is going to lose and I hope he does to teach the democrats a lesson for not choosing the better candidate.

    Hillary you do not give up until your delegates from Florida and Michigan are seated and their votes count and if that is done then you will be the leader. Do not let anyone pressure you to quit the race now because that means you will be telling Florida and Michigan that you do not care about their votes. These votes have to be counted to have a fair election process for the nominee selection. What has happened to fair democracy? America tells the rest of the world how to run their elections and they are doing something completely different and unfair to one of the candidates which could cause her to lose the candidacy.

    Please stop pressuring Hillary to get out of the race because she is not going until Michigan and Florida votes are counted in and then she does not leave as it will be Obama who is behind in the count.

    May 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    I think the guy get's points for loyalty... it's not a good decision, but it allows Sen. Clinton to bow out with grace. I don't think we'll see too many more endorsements for Obama, UNLESS Sen. Clinton becomes stubborn about leaving the primary. I feel that the supers will have backroom discussions with her and we will see her drop in the next day or so.

    May 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Hank in PA

    Well, I didnt see like 100 SD rushing to camp Obama like the media predicted, so it ain't over.

    Why not just relax and let the process continue till everyone has voted? Is this too much to ask? BO does not have 2025 and HRC has every right to keep going!

    Besides, there are a lot who believe that BO cannot win the general, otherwise, this would be over.

    May 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. steveh212 NYC

    Sorry– but I have to respect him for keeping his word. He didnt say he would back the State winner– but of his district and he did– nothing dishonorable about that. And where do people think that at as the State goes, so go all the Supers– if a State splits 49% to 48% why can't the Supers split in the same manner? I am a true believe in what Obama stands for but I think it is time we stop being so angry with supporters of another candidate here– and stop taking everything so personally! No question the media is getting a lot of play on this protracted primary– but after watching the election returns on CNN last night how can anyone say they are biased against Sen Obama. Quite frankly I think they do their fair share of slamming both candidates.

    May 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Oz

    A superdelegate with such a high position who cannot read the signs should be booted out of his position. Clearly he is not acting in the interest of the Democratic party.

    May 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Voice of Reason

    Western NC has its points of beauty (Asheville), but remember that there are plenty of hillbillies and inbreeds out there...for this guy to truly represent his constituents, he has to jump on the sinking ship...S.S. Clinton...Ahoy!

    Hillary is perpetuating the division in the party...she should concede for the greater good...oh yeah, she owes herself some money so I guess she'll keep it going...i'm sure she's not getting a stimulus check this week!

    May 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Jim, CO

    Here is some math for Indiana. There are 1,272,471 voters. That would give HC 50.57 % and BO 49.43 %. Therfore HC has only 1.14 percentage points over Obama. HC should drop ASAP for the better of the party and herself.

    May 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Darryl

    Good Point

    If he told his voters who ever won his district he would endorse, that's fair and shows backbone.

    Unfortunately Heath should have hoped that Obama won his district, so that he could be quartebacking on a winning team.

    C'mon Gore and Edwards lend your support to Obama and let Hillary bow out gracefully.

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Karl Rove, Crawford Texas

    Thats an awsome comment.

    May 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Renee

    In the wake of where we stand in this democratic nomination. IT is time for DEMOCRATS, not just Obama supports or Hillary supporters to unite. We need strength in numbers. Bashing other's decision to stand on their principles is exactly what this campaign of change is all about! Let's focus on the new direction NC has provided for our party and get moving. It's disturbing to think that our division can increase the Republicans to proceed another 4 years! People stop and think! It's time to unite, focus and complete the new change for 08. I know we are in this as a whole! Move forward!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    May 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Mike in AZ

    This is an example of typical "Clinton logic".

    The overwhelming majority of the state voted for Obama, so this idot pledges his vote for the loser. I wonder what kind of deal Bill made with him while they were in church on Sunday.

    May 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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