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. Jeremy

    Washington just like most of the west is Clinton Country. These high endorsements are not going to bail Obama out from what his mediocre public service in the senate.

    February 8, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. I Rita Coppola

    I endorse Hillary to lead this country – she is brilliant and would be a wonderful politician – also in foreign policies – she is the best!!!

    February 8, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. JohnS

    Those who think Obama should wait for 4 or 8 years, AFTER another Clinton dynasty are either really dumb, or simply blind to royalty as we see in the Bush folks.

    The Clintons are not in this for you, me, Obama, or the this nation. They are paving the way for Chelese Clinton. The next time you get to be screwed up by the Clintons, they would talk you into it like this:

    If a woman (Hillary) has done it, Chelese can do it!!! What would be your answer then? Given that the Clintons have had 8 years in office (and Hillary is still out there), common sense tells us that, like the Kennedys, they would have long stepped aside by now. But they simply won't as long as Chelese (the princess) is still out there growing up as a viable future nominee. This is what keeps Hillary going, like any mother would do (thanks to my wife for this insight)!!!!!

    So people, wake up to some facts and realities of life!!!! The Clintons have and will continue to dupe most, though not all of the brightest people in this nation.

    February 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. DeeDee

    Why does the press fail to announce Hillarys endorsements from the last 2 days, Norman, Dicks, Kildee, Dingell, and Lincoln it amazes some how baised the media has become.

    February 8, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. SMH

    What leadership skills? What has he done to illustrate he is a leader? A leader is someone with proven experience....someone who can speak about knowledgeably and clearly about policy... someone who knows their industry and who's worked within the confines of their industry. I'm baffled by those statements.

    February 8, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. v.ananthan

    I wonder how did the democratic governers find about the " leadership skills" of OBAMA....

    -uneducated doctor..

    February 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Layne

    What leadership skills! Will someone tell me where he has proven himself to be a proven leader of this country. Motivatioanl speaker YES, proven leader NO! He has shown me nothing.

    February 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. tcww

    Can someone tell me what "Leadership Skills" Obama possesses?

    February 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Siafa

    Go Obama!!

    February 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Lynnette

    I wonder if Gov. Gregoire's endorsement will prove as meaningless as those of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, Maria Shriver's and John Kerry. At the end of the day, regardless of endorsements, I think people realize our country is NOT in a position to elect a "trial and error" president such as Barack Obama. We need someone who has specific plans and knows what their doing! i.e. HILLARY CLINTON!! She really is our only hope!

    February 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Gayron Taylor

    If the governer of Washington only won by 100 plus votes, then what can she do for Obama?

    February 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. wait a minute

    Gov. Christine Gregoire just made an intelligent choice.

    February 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. anonymous

    When did "Charisma" become a qualification for determining whom to endorse?

    February 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Tony

    Thank you, Governor!

    Obama is our best hope..... and it is so vital –especially now– that Barack Obama build consensus among Democrats.

    February 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Scott

    Charisma isn't the same as leadership skills Governor.

    February 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Jay

    This is great news.

    Yes we can..... and Yes we will.....

    February 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Bob

    If Obama starts winning these liberal states, he'll be doing pretty well.

    He won't though.

    February 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. brain

    former 2 times Washington Governor Mr. Luo endorsed Hillary Clinton.
    Mr. Luo has better reputation than current WA Governor in WA

    February 8, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. jesse - tacoma

    Another traiter to Womans Movement.

    Support your own. Black voters do.

    February 8, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Kelley

    Go Obama, another $25.00 is in the mail .

    February 8, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Shirley

    WHO CARES.... It appears that she was barely elected herself....

    February 8, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. manny james marietta ga

    Another split on the way..Hillary will win the nomination by a hair. However, it doesn't matter who wins, the party will be split. Mr Obama has made it clear. He said " her people will vote for me if I win, but my people may not vote for her.. That's the code word for, Do not support Hillary if she wins the nomination. I have news for Mr Obama, because of his words, I for one will not support him if he wins the nod.

    February 8, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Jack

    thank you Govenor for you endorsement.......Yes we can!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Donna F

    Well, she is my governor and I am very disappointed. The senators from Washinton support Hillary and they have worked close to her in that role, so I think they have more background to use in these endorsments.

    February 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. KBH

    obama 2008!

    February 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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