April 28th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama picks up superdelegate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/28/art.bing.gi.jpg caption="Bingaman endorsed Obama Monday."](CNN) - New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced Monday he'll cast his crucial superdelegate vote for Barack Obama.

“To make progress, we must rise above the partisanship and the issues that divide us to find common ground. We must move the country in a dramatically new direction," Bingaman said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “I strongly believe Barack Obama is best positioned to lead the nation in that new direction.”

Bingaman is one of the party's nearly 800 superdelegates who will decide which candidate wins the Democratic nomination. Clinton's current superdelegate lead over Obama is now just over 20, though more than 300 have yet to announce who they will support.

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  1. sand


    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Eric-PA

    Any bets that this is somehow related to Richardson's endorsement. I bet Richardson was offered the VP position and this superdelegate wants to be the one who supports the Obama/Richardson ticket. With Richardson being from NM, this senator from NM would be sure to receive special treatment from the WH. It's all politics!

    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Hillary is unelectable


    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Liz Marquez

    The sad thing is that super delegates are not looking out for the voters, Obama clearly has way too much baggage, worse than Hillary"s. But the most troublesome thing is, if the super delegates are voting for Obama as a vote against Clinton it will backfire. I am a Clinton supporter and one who will not vote for Obama in the General election. Many of you mistakenly think that we will come home to the party, well no we won't. The party is dysfunctional we have seen this with Florida and Michigan. I have watched and listened and I have decided that Obama has lied to us since day one. There are so many issues it isn't funny. The latest is Hamas endorsing Obama. I also ask, how many people would not have voted for him if all this stuff came out way earlier. I believe that many would not have done so.

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. R.I.F.

    It’s funny how the Clinton supporters say that the Republicans will rip Obama up this fall with things like Wright, Bittergate, etc…

    Maybe some of you are too young to remember the Clinton years in office but the Republicans absolutely HATE the Clintons…period. Nothing sounds sweeter to them than to have her win the Democratic primary and then bring the wrath of God down on her and Bill this fall. All the RNC has to do is show a commercial with a blue dress, a cigar, and a picture of Bill Clinton and ask “Is this the first family that we want back in the white house?” and I guarantee whatever problem McCain has had shoring up this conservative base will be eliminated…period. Plus, the whole notion that Hillary has been fully vetted is crazy. Trust me, I’ve read things that the MSM has not reported that will certainly be 527 fodder this fall. Additionally, her negatives are a lot higher than Obama’s and McCain’s and Politics 101 tells you that the person you want to run against is the one with off the chart negatives…period.

    The Republican are trying to influence the Superdelegates by going on shows and saying that they feel Obama is the weaker candidate. You Clinton backers are the first to say that words are just words and it’s actions that count. Well, look at the actions that the Republicans are taking. Ask yourself when was the last negative comment or attack on Clinton that you’ve seen from the right including FoxNews? They played around with the Sniper stuff for a couple of days but that was it. Now think about how many attacks you’ve seen on Obama? 100s. If they want him so bad and not her in the fall then their actions sure are showing something completely different. If you think they won’t hammer Bill on all of his ties, pardons, donations to the library then you are badly mistaken.

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Leila

    I don't know who this Superdelegate is, but I hope that the people of New Mexico will remember that he supported a man who spent 20 years as a member of a church whose pastor is racist and divisive.
    Hillary Clinton should stay in because the longer this goes on, the more negative things we learn about Obama and his circle. There will still be time for the party to be saved. If it ends we are stuck with Obama.

    April 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. dave desmond

    Hilly Billy Clintons, the presidency is not your birthright! In 12 years CHELSEA will be running too!
    Give other Americans a chance to offer their contribution.
    the country is much greater than your family.
    I can understand the Clintons having a problem with this opponent that is expect ed to be below them.................

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. mitch from ark.

    clinton won the state with less than 1/2 % of the vote,which is a statistical tie ,in delegates,so,all you people ,calling this fellow democrat a 'traitor',and claiming he won't be reelected, are probably not true democrats,but croossover republicans called 'operation chaos',who are trying to influence the democratic party's nomination process ,by voting for hillary,[while their true ,party candidate has already been nominated and whose votes don't matter in the gop race,via rush limbaugh].

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |

    There is obviously something about Obama!

    They're coming slowly but they're coming!

    Obama has what it takes to change the system!


    PS. Thanks for putting New Mexico in play!!!!!!!! Between yourself and Gov. Richardson, McCain's outlook is getting increasingly bleak!

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. John

    Those who support Obama as superdelegates,have that right and the comfort in the opportunity.The real winners are the pledged delegates are the voters.That matters,not now but at the end of due process,when all are given their constitutional rights to vote;at the end of the primaries copleted.

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Canadian and World Traveller

    "Superdelegates are so dumb"
    "Obama is not electible"
    "Obama can't run a country"

    Its funny because the people that know more about the facts behind the scene than anyone else are the Supers, and they are all defecting to him.

    Hillary supporters, I respect your choice and this was a great race, but at this point you have to agree its time for her to defect. She is behind in every aspect of this race except super dels. That lead will be overtaken shortly by Obama.

    There is a reason he does so well and it is because he speaks to the people I have heard a number of her speaches and she is always speaking down on the people, not like a leader, but as condescending authority figure.

    She rallies around him not being electable, but then she goes on national tv and says he is. make up your mind and Fight for your points, but she wont, she is wishy washy all the time.

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. sh

    Well done. Hopefully superdelagates will show their cards son because media really want this to as prolonged as possible foe their own ratings.

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. kristine

    how could anyone vote for this man..all he does is lie....racist and a liar

    April 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Susie Ram

    More and More super delegates for Obama and poll of poll shows Hillary can beat Mccain. Something wrong with our polls.

    April 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Al, CA


    Obama is the only candidate that was against Iraq war, and so he is the only one that can legitimately claim White House! The other candidates should first try to compensate our waisted expenses from their pockets, then... – no, even then I don't think they have any moral right to be in this race...

    Now, where is our Barbara Boxer, what's she thinking yet?!

    Obama 2008

    April 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. rock-c, Muncie, IN

    Great!!!!!! Another one in the family. We have more....Watch them roll out a few at a time.

    Obama 08

    NAFTA, NAFTA= Clinton

    A vote for a Clinton is a vote for more jobs to leave this country.

    April 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Joe, PA

    It seems that Hillary voters; the uneducated, racist, and desperate; vote for her because they are too dumb to understand that she lies to you re-introduces herself every other primary just to get votes. It's such a pathetic and transparent attempt to get votes, it doesn't surprise me that the uneducated by into it and vote for her.

    OBAMA 08,12!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Jane, NC

    The Obama campaign always seems to time these endorsements or superdelegates whenever the c ampaign are in trouble. Today's poll showing that Sen. Clinton is the more likely of the two to beat Sen. McCain, plus the fact that there's just nothing Sen. Obama can do to explain away the years he's been in Wright's congregation doesn't bode well for his prospects.

    April 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. California Voter

    I noticed Hillary just received another superdelegate but do not see any thing on the political ticker. Am I missing something or is CNN purposefully not showing those delegates?

    GO HILLARY 2008

    April 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Ardnuas

    GREAT!!!!!!!!! Obama is the ONLY person to UNITE this COUNTRY!!!!
    He has a 21th century mentality, Clinton and McCain have a 20th century mentality...... we have GOT to go forwards PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Penny

    To the people that don't want change you must not like the color of his skin is all I can say. If you had a brain you would see that dems are supposed to be united, not divided. I don't want the bosnia liar for president but would have to vote for her to get dems in the oval office.

    April 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. JS

    He'll change his mind in a couple of weeks!

    Obama has been on a down hill slide since Rev Wright was let out of the closet. If the Media would have reported the story before Super Tuesday, Hillary would have already wrapped this thing up!

    She kept saying "he hasn't been vetted"!!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. SLO Bear

    Here's hoping that other superdelegates show similar courage.

    April 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Ken

    I love Obama...............

    You know why.............. I am not a supporter of him.

    But he always SCORE POINTS

    That is election is about

    April 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Tim

    Keep em coming!!! She will soon even trail in the Super Delegates too!!!! This will be over after NC & IN. She is still behind in ther popular vote. FL & MI will not count!!! Senator Obama will prevail!!!

    Obama 08!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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