February 8th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Washington governor endorses Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/08/art.wash.gi.jpg caption=" Christine Gregoire has endorsed Obama."]

(CNN) - Barack Obama has won the backing of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, one day before that state is set to hold its Democratic caucuses.

The Washington Democrat, who won the office in 2004 after a hand recount favored her by only 129 votes, said she found it difficult to choose between Obama and Hillary Clinton, but was ultimately drawn to the Illinois senator's charisma and leadership skills.

Gregoire is slated to join Obama at a campaign rally in Seattle later Friday. Clinton is also in the state, campaigning 30 miles south in Tacoma and then later in Spokane.

Washington is set to allocate its 78 delegates through caucuses - a format that has favored Obama to date this elections season.

Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have endorsed Clinton's White House bid.

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Al in Wpg

    78 delegates is a big prize, will be interesting how this plays out.

    February 8, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Veronica Ward

    This is good news. I hope you still have enough time to garner some votes from this late endorsement. Here's what the Hillary supports will say: Imagine that? A white woman endorses Obama? What is this world coming to. . . .this man has no substance.

    Really now, if he had no substance, do you think the Govenor of Washington would endorse him?


    February 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Love Hill

    We saw earlier ones from Kerry and Kennedy. The people of washington will speak. I hope it's not a caucus. People dont' want to be called racist so they lign up with Obama. A vote should remain secret.

    I say let's ban all caucuses and let everybody vote.
    Who has time to spend a whole day in a room just to express his presidential preference? Isn't that archaic?

    Go Hillary Go!!!

    February 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Dan, NJ

    According to the newly released poll from Time magazine, Senator Obama beats Senator McCain in a head to head match up.

    Obama (D) 48%, McCain (R) 41%

    Clinton (D) 46%, McCain (R) 46%

    February 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Obama 08

    ...a white, woman governor...how are the Clintonites going to spin that as racist...Obama also got the endorsement of Idaho Governor Chet Culver...seems the most recent superdelegates are now coming on board to Obama.....so will the voters!!

    February 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |




    February 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Tony


    It is obvious that the American people have chosen Obama. He has won more states than H.Clinton. The idea of deligates reflects a sign of dectatorship over the peoples voice. Whoever the mojority vote for is the winner.Even a 5 year Old can explain that. I hope the Dem Party seat and decide using the deligate voters that the one who wins the most states is in better position to face the Republican nominee.



    February 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. nobamamama Parsons, Kansas

    You can put money on the fact that this woman will not get reelected.

    She threw her support behind an empty bag of oratory.

    Adios Crissy baby!

    February 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. MKK

    It's funny how the entire story is about how the Governor is backing Obama and there is a one liner at the bottom that says the 2 Washington Senators are backing Clinton. Can you say biased reporting?!?!?

    February 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Sherry in Kentucky

    If we let this man slip through our fingers, we may never find someone like him again. He is a leader in the true sense of the word. Change will never happen unless the people believe it is possible. Barrack takes our hand and shows us that change is possible. . . and we believe.

    February 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Natasha/Supporter of Obama

    Thank you.......

    February 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Andrew K.

    Good for you!

    February 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. r sisk, nevada

    I can see why she barely won her governorship. Leadership skills? What leadership skills. No one will contest that Obama has Charisma but I have yet to see him lead. In fact, his "present voting" habits and missing votes, then bashing those who did vote is the opposite of leadership. I am disappointed with your decision Governor.

    February 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Paul

    Another loser teaming up!

    February 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. chris

    another blow to hilly campS
    GO OBAMA!!

    February 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Becky in Indiana

    Smart woman...

    February 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Sharon

    Why doesn't CNN EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER put up Hillary's MULTITUDE of endorsements???????????????????
    I think Jack Nicholson trumps Hulk Hogan's ANYDAY!
    How about ALL the Gov & Senators endorsing HER????????????????
    How about Whoopi's VOTE for Hillary????????

    February 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. norma

    Thanks, Christine – Madam governor. I'm finding that it will make it much easier for me to understand why women will never reach the highest office in my lifetime. Its okay to be a woman governor – and run a state, but then turn around and vote against the only woman ever to be intelligent enough or strong enough or have the background and backbone to stand up for what I thought women have fought for. Big decision – charisma over substance – give me a break.

    Maybe I'll be around to see you up for re-election. Maybe the woman you are letting down at this election will remember and vote you out of office. This is why woman will never be president of this country. I'll personally vote for George Strait, he has lots of charisma! He's much easier on the ears than the "camp-meet'n preacher that you obviously enjoy listening to.

    Go for the charisma – that'll make our country better.

    February 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. James ( Independent )

    Thank you , you see what most people do.

    February 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. emma

    Good job, Gov!

    Obama '08!

    February 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. David

    The problem with this nation is that we no longer live in a free society with the freedom of speech or the freedom to choose, our own likes and dislikes. whether some one likes or dislikes what another person says about them or there race is no longer freedom of choice or speech because our cowardly government intervenes to protect there votes and friends no longer the publics right to live as they choose.

    February 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Gobama

    You go, girl, Govnor! lol

    Senator Obama will need a female governor as her VP; so you have placed yourself in the runnings. lol

    Great choice in putting the interest of the United States ahead of gender. That is the sign of the kind of leader that Hilary Clinton will never be!

    US will have a female President; BUT SHE WILL NOT BE A CLINTON! lol

    February 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. mobley


    Maybe she should support Hannah Montana... there's charisma for you.

    February 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Karen

    Wow, Charisma will do it every time, ridiculous. What Leadership, the leadership of the cult that he now has hanging on his every word?

    Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have endorsed Clinton's White House bid. Wow CNN, Hillary's endorsement by the Senators was an afterthought!! you just kill me. Fair and non-biased by foot. I never thought I would see the day, when I would get fair reporting from FOX News and not CNN, unbelievable.

    February 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Sylvia

    I was wondering this today……
    The OBAMA supporters continually state OBAMA was against the war from the beginning…..why is this something to be PROUD of as I see it DIFFERENTLY.
    This is my reasoning….
    With all the information we had from GWBush and the rest of his crew the MAJORITY of the AMERICAN PEOPLE were in support and PROUD when they brought down the statue.
    OBAMA and his currrent supporters apparently are proud the OBAMA was against supporting the SAFETY of te AMERICAN PEOPLE. When The Dixie Chicks took that position they were pulled off radio stations as UNAMERICAN.
    Why is NOBODY seeing that OBAMA was UNAMERICAN and Hillary as the one supporting the SAFETY of the United States???
    At that time she voted to give GWB the authority to do what he wanted to do and the MAJORITY of the american people felt that as well…..so why is HILLARY be villified????
    I think the question should be why did OBAMA not want our country SECURE??????
    NOW WE KNOW WE WERE MISLED by GWBush and his people, but at the time we ALL were.
    But again at the time when OBAMA is questioning Hillary….I think the question should be WHY WAS OBAMA NOT CONCERNED FOR OUR SAFETY???????

    February 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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