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. Obama08

    Barack Obama is getting all the endorsements because HE WILL WIN..


    Obama 08

    February 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Andy- Fresno,Ca

    CNN why is Hillary's endorsement at the bottom and only one line? Come on CNN!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Moses


    Now all he needs is to get ahead in the Washington polls!


    February 8, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. DB

    Before anyone says endorsements don't matter, she is a superdelegate so it kinda does.

    February 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. peter, WA

    Obama will unite this country.

    Obama 08!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Paul, NJ

    I don't get the big deal with these endorsements. They don't mean anything. Just look at how the Kennedy/Kerry endorsements didn't help Barack there. I think these politicians are just trying to get some air time for themselves and the media fall for it and give it to them.

    February 8, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Nancy in WA

    Why didn't this headline read that both senators in Washington endorsing Hillary and the governor endorsing Obama? It only reads about Obama's endorsement as usual. Isn't it nice that Hillary has mention on the last sentence. The news media is going to be soooooooooooo sad if Hillary wins.

    February 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. STR

    OBAMA 08!!! Let's get rid of the Bush/Clinton Dynasty America!!! We are voting for the same politicians and looking for a different result, NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!! VOTE for a Change! OBAMA 08!!!

    February 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. JB Hull, IA

    so the question is if the Hillary supporters will start calling her a "traitor to her gender" the way many posters on here have talked about people like Oprah? Should she be demonized by NOW the way they went after Ted Kennedy? I just have to smirk every time a prominant female endorses Obama, because it puts another nail in the coffin of the ludicrous idea that all "true feminists" have to support Hillary and that those who don't somehow have a problem with strong women

    February 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. RealChange

    No wonder there is no women president – women don't support own gender.

    Also, watching Obama wife's rhetorics, is she a priest? Why does she threaten: if you don't elect him now, he's not be in election in the future?

    February 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Steve Jay

    She uses 'charisma' as a reason for choosing Obama?! Oh dear oh dear lol

    What a foolish woman ...

    February 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Milton K. Wiah

    Indeed the caucuses format favoured Obama in this election, and on super
    tuesday, he won 6 caucuses.
    Without this Obama could have been in dich by now. But hoping Hiliary
    will win few caucuses in the remaining contests.

    February 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Its actually kind of cool...I'm a Republican (joining many friends, neighbors and family who are also Republican) and will support Obama – he does seem to cross party lines....baffling are those who would support Hillary....she does not....and modifies her position on a daily basis...and "we" would NEVER vote for her....

    February 8, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Haily

    Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have endorsed Clinton's White House bid.
    Governor Gregoire barely won he bid for office last time. I'm thinking her endorsement of Obama will not help her next time.

    February 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. justme

    Why isn't there a separate headline that states the TWO Senators of Washington have endorsed Hillary Clinton? The last line is like a 'by the way'. Once again ... CNN=Obama. Independent Thinker???? Mmmmm

    February 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. John from DC

    Obama 08!!!!!

    Obama is gonna take the remaining states. Obama for President and Edwards for VP.

    Hillary for lobbyist.

    February 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Thank you Gov. Christine Gregoire for your support for our next President of the United States of America!

    Obama '08

    February 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Kay

    Although I like both candiates, I can't help but to feel the media's coverage of the two candiates is very lopsided. This article is a perfect example. Governor of Washington endorsing Obama is a headline. Both senators of Washington endorsing Clinton is a blip at the end of this article. Was Cantwell and Murray's endorsement of Clinton a previously published headline? And I just missed it perhaps. I think I will vote for Clinton just because the media is being so unfair to her.

    February 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Shirley Davis

    The people of Washington State need a new Govenor. I understand she won her seat by a small margin. Hope she's not planning to run for re-election after making this choice. It reflects poorly on her judgement. She neglected to think about which candidate has the EXPERIENCE and QUALIFICATIONS to hold such an office. I for one.. want a leader who has EXPERIENCE. There could not be a clearer choice than Hillary Clinton. This Country needs Hillary Clinton.

    My daughter is a registered voter in Seattle, and she will be voting for Hillary. Hopefully all of the intelligent citizens of Seattle will ignore your advice as most people did of Sen. Kennedys.

    February 8, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. tony winott

    barack obama has so much to offer the american voters. what does hillary offers a flawed judgement when it comes to the most important issues.she has shown that she has no conscience and she only wait until she thinks the wind is in her famerica welcomes the changeavor before she makes up her mind. that kind of thinking has no place in america.

    February 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    That's great. The Washington Governor made a wise choice. We love Barack here on the West coast. I have to wait till May to vote for him. Maybe for once the people in Oregon will get a voice in an election. I think this election won't be decided soon.
    Go Obama

    February 8, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. MCNEIL


    February 8, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Hillary '08

    Your voting because of race – I apologize to Martin Luther King Jr. for such an inconsiderate statement when he tried so hard to remove this feeling.

    I feel because of you he would vote for Hillary.

    February 8, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. MC

    Who cares! So did Ted, Caroline, Patrick Kennedy, Oprah, Maria Shriver, etc...... Barak show me how you are qualified! Heck if that's the case then I will run for office in 4yrs......I think I'm qualified me just being a junior in college.

    February 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. N

    isn't this the governor that came out behind after 3 recounts and won the election by 70 votes after the 4th?

    February 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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