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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soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. Judas Richardson

    What are these NM politicians smoking that causes them to ignore the will of their own state's voters?? Do Richardson and Bingaman think they know better and speak louder than the people that put them into office in the first place?? When it's time for re-election, they can forget about the non-existant black base coming to support them. NM isn't like Georgia or Alabama. There's a growing Hispanic base out there in NM.

    April 28, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Michael Templer

    I consider myself politically well informed

    I have never heard of this guy and he is been in the senate for 26 years

    well no one should comment till they have the same number of Super delegates

    then that will mean the actually elections will decide this deal

    April 28, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Johhny C.

    What on earth makes anybody think Obama is going to rise above partisanship??

    Everything he does is lock-step with the democrat party leaders.

    When has he supported a republican bill or reached across the aisle?

    This clown is going to put Bill Clinton to shame as he panders to the pollsters.

    April 28, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Sam

    Bigaman is BEING-A-MAN, decisive! Hillary or Obama, but please Supers at least decide. Don't let HRC kill the party, she's bent on it if she won't win. I'm for Obama, but I really don't care if a Super decided for HRC, to me the longer they take to decide the more damanged the Democratic party's chances. Do it for the party....

    April 28, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Beca


    April 28, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Jim, Indiana

    Superdelegates should support the strongest candidate for the Dems when planning to win the White House in November. Like Richardson this guy was probably offered something in return. VP, Sec. of State or another irresistable position in Washington.

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Mary56

    I think this was a smart move. As for those who keep saying Obama has a "SHADY PAST" who has a more shady past than the Clintons?

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. The Dude

    Despite today's Clinton Craze, it looks like more people have come to their senses.

    Common Sense '08!

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Deb

    I realize Obama does not have as much experience but I believe in him and what he can do for us as a country. I believe he would be the best choice to serve as our President.

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Bernard

    If Hillary's effort is to gain the SD attention Then there is something surely lacking. Seriously This is the REAL NEWS.
    She is behind in everttyhig except support by the news media.

    If the pop. vote, the elected delegates, the number of states won, are not important then look at the trend of the shifting of super delegates to Obama.

    This is OBVIOUS...but invisible to the produxers of the news media. Jeremiah wright who has nothing to do with Obama is more important.

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. America for Obama

    Yeah, he lost NM 49.8% to 50.2%, that's barley a win for Billary, on top of that, Obama had more delegates there than Billary.
    Wise choice Sir !
    Obama 08/12

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Ed from VA

    All aboard! Hopefully the majority of the remaining Supers will follow suit, sooner rather than later. We need for Obama to secure the nomination so that the party can come together ASAP and send the Repubs packing in November!

    OBAMA '08 !!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. JP SW

    A wasted effort to keep Obama's failing run alive. Does anyone really think the DNC is going to take a chance on losing the November election? If Obama is the choice, the democrats will lose. Too many of us had decided, long before Wright's reappearance, that we would never vote for Obama and the "kind of change" he wants. Don't bet that it's all talk. It most certainly is not.

    Go Hillary ...you're a winner!

    April 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Monte Brown

    How much did they pay him?

    April 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. saren

    If Obama is the Dem nominee , MCain will be elected President.

    Obama needs to tell the good rev to take a LOOOOOOOONG vacation!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Pragmatist, SoCal

    Its not rocket science...its all logical and anyone can see it: The superdelegates ARE going to decide the nominee, whether we like it or not. Whoever has the most superdelegates and the most add-on delegates – gets the nomination. Whoever's moving garnering NEW voters benefits the party's short term and long terms goals.

    I must admit though the party is in between a rock and a hard place; if Billary wins the nomination at the cost of disparaging Obama's person – there will be significant AA backlash, a demographic they KNOW they need, and thus the party looses the GE. If Obama cannot get the older voters and blue collar voters, they lose again. If Billary is seen to have saobotaged Obama for self interest she can also count out 2012...they wont forget.

    Thats what you get for prolonging this process. Cant blame the GOP for that. Might want to put brain in gear before sensationalism next time

    April 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. An Agnostic Democrat

    They are all reading the important polls showing that her negatives keep going higher and higher no matter what she or her slimey, sleazy surrogates say or do.

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Maria

    That's fantastic. Congratulations, Sen. Bingaman, for being able to see through the eternal spin of the Clinton crowd and choose the right man.

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. OMG

    Clearly in a difficult position, I think the superdelegates are really trying to sort out the issues and the question of who is the best to lead the country. Jeff B. is no fool, but a thoughtful responsible civil servant.

    I firmly believe that the supers are seeing Hillary's shrewd campaign tactics and bullying as unattractive and self-destructive as many of us do.

    Hillary is an extremely smart, shrewd and calculating person willing to go to any distance to win her point and her power base......but NOT the wise, thoughtful, intelligent and charismatic leader that we desperately need to repair our image abroad, and bring all the factions within our country together to find solutions to our economic and social problems. Obama is clearly the best choice!

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Super-Deli

    We think there'll be a Super-Surge in Super-Delegates in Obama's favor. Hellary lost favor with her sniper comments and below-the-belt attacks. She traded "the common touch" for self gain. She wants Obama to debate ONLY to deter his NC and Indiana campaigning – and to have more acid to throw. Another Clinton in the Whitehouse? No, no, no.

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. 60 years old White Lady

    Let to the Math: since Super Tuesday how many pledges and super delegates did Hillary win? how many Obama got ?... The more we learn about Obama, the more we know him the more he does better the more he is getting more backers...
    HE IS THE ONLY ONE WE NEED... let's get together and support him for this fall... The earliest Hillary drop out the better chance we have to win in November... Mathematically, it's impossible for Hillary to catch up...

    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. TerrenceW from NC

    Uh-Oh, here comes the Hillary-bots ready to tear him a new one. You guys are so funny. These POLICTIANS have more info to pull from than we do, and they are swinging to OBAMA. This should tell you something.

    OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. KIRBY


    OBAMA 08!!!!


    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Eli

    I love this because it frees all the other SUPERS to vote how they want to and not along the so called will of the people that many say should be the way to go. These other 300 need to come on out because HILLARY will WIN.


    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Dave

    Smart man! Welcome to the winning team.

    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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