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. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I just read the poll that showed Hillary ahead....did everyone forget? During this campaign...she was under sniper fire...supported illegal aliens drivers licenses....supported a healthcare plan that covers those same illegals....supported the Childrens Health Plan by tacking in a million dollars for a Woodstock musuem....had great "experience" over the person she is running against....but the papers released from the Clinton Library show she was not involved in one cabinet meeting.....(akin to the cafeteria worker in a hospital stating that they can perform surgery because they hung around doctors) – what a group of dopes...if not Obama....McCain will win....Republicans..Independents..and literate Democrats will never support such a blahent liar...

    April 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Catleya

    Huge! Huge Mistake!

    April 28, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Sante

    People , will decide , still is possible!!
    Not a Washington insiders, that Obama supposed to be ageists to!!

    Such a irony!

    Go Hillary!

    April 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. TerrenceW from NC

    I voted yesterday in NC early voting. Man, you ought to see how many people were there to vote. I did not see one person representing Clinton. NC is such a smart state. Proud to be in Carolina. Let's do this thing.

    OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Judas Richardson

    If Obama gets the nomination, expect to see New Mexico fall into the Republican column this November. I suspect NM voters will use Nov. as a backlash tool against Richardson and Bingaman. The voters are the ones with the loudest voice and it wll be heard clearly against Obama, Richardson and Bingaman when NM goes to McCain in the GE.

    April 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. AZM

    I seem to recall the Obama backers getting very angry at the idea of supers voting for Hillary in a state that Obama won... however, Hillary won this state and the Supers didn't fall in line... so remember that later!

    Oh the Hypocracy of this party is astounding...

    April 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. MC, Maryland

    Drip, drip, drip.......I'll take it.

    Thanks Bingaman

    April 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Oren Ovadia, California

    Have my , the Democratic Party have lost their mind???? Don't they realize that Mccain will win, if run against Obama??? They will also lose the majority in the House and Senate. I guess it's a lesson they will have to learn.

    Hillary 2008!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. liked this

    Barb Canada April 28th, 2008 10:21 am ET

    If all you Obama supporters are so much in favor of RULES ie Michigan and Florida, then don't be so quick to say the Superdelegates can't put Hillary in the White House….Rules are Rules right? The Rules say they can overturn his votes!

    April 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. independent capitalist

    how amazing that a green/new senator could be so ahead of
    a former 1st lay/2 term senator w/a former 2 term president and a machine of aged/seasoned politicians.

    yes, the tide has turned

    ahead in delegates
    ahead in states/contests won
    ahead in votes w/florida
    ahead in financing
    only behind 22 supers with 9 events to go.
    and doing a great job managing it all !

    Senator obama, I am an independent capitalist, and I'm impressed.
    Good work Sir.
    See you in january 09

    April 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Starr Dittmann WA

    This is what one of you stated. So.. Deb you are willing to go republican and go to war in Iraq another 100 years while turning into a 3rd world country and china owning us? Case is not closed lady unless there are more ignorant voters like you turning to McCain because a liar doesn't win!

    Deb, IN April 28th, 2008 4:23 pm ET

    Doesn't matter Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama……CASE CLOSED!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. valtx

    Now, this is news worthy CNN. Keep 'em coming !! Superdelegates are starting to wake up.

    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Venus


    Go Obama!

    This is that slow march that I knew would come!

    Thank you sir very much and welcome aboard our Obama Train!

    We are on our way to CHANGE!

    Hillary – stay in the race – it gives me pleasure to see what a rookie can do with the Clintons! 80% of the Democrate Party is against you and we are seeing for the first time the Clintons true colors!

    John Edwards is next!

    To Hillary supporters – you should stay off the blogs and send Hillary some money! She is BROKE! Over 70 donors stop giving Hillary money last month and gave to Obama!

    We are on our way!

    Mr. President Obama! Wow! I love the sound!

    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |


    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Katy from Ohio

    I can't stand this any longer. This primary is driving me crazy! I check CNN/Yahoo News/Politico/RealClearPolitics ten times a day, hoping that Barack will get another superdelegate to ease my mind. When will all this crazy business stop? I am a 60 year old woman who detests Clinton. She should be ashamed of the way she's run this campaign.
    I resent that CNN always has Clinton's photo in the headline. I take that to mean that CNN is backing her...hoping to extend the madness just for headline news. Please, superdelegates, come forward and end the madness. Thanks Bigaman! We love you out here in Ohio!

    April 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Pat

    Smart Man! I

    Watch out Obama, The Clintons are going to get more cut-throat.

    Here is one to ask Hillary. How will she handle it if she were to become President and the 3:00 am phone call is to tell her, her husband is being unfaithful again. Would she still be able to focus on her job?
    I don't wish this upon anyone, but lets face it, it is a possibility.

    Personally, I don't even watch her on TV. I can't stand to listen to her Only the states she wins or thinks she will win are important.

    No more Debates Obama – Let her debate with herself

    Go Obama !!!

    April 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Pam

    Linda Smith...I think you are the one who's foolish.

    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Sharon Minnesota

    Richardson has probably put the screws to this guy, that's why he defected from the voters choice in his state.

    Why are we seeing so much propaganda for Obama on CNN for the last two days? Rev. Wright has been on the airwaves it feels like forever. Then it's Richardson on Wolf's show preaching anything he wants with no real honest questions asked.

    Let's hear more about Clinton's role in this primary. Bring on someone who will give her a propaganda boost.

    Not Fair CNN!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. understand

    A Blackout of the vote is the AA threat to give Obama the nomination- that is 12 % of US population.

    Women and latinos and everyone else= 88% of the population. And many of us do not like this fixed for Obama primary.

    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. mark

    hillary is a big selfish liar.she wants everything togoonher favor and she thinks that the white is for her only. jhon mccain is better than you and obama is better than mccain. therefore, you are a female, stay home and cook for bill. you can't control this world. you can't make story

    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. J.R.

    This guy gets it.

    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. mary

    This senator doesn't represent the will of the people in New Mexico. No wonder things don't get done with politians, they never follow what the people in their district or state wants!!

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Yes we can!

    and who says Obama is having trouble getting the "white male vote"....these senators, congressmen, governors and mayors backing Obama is speaking for everyone!.....we have to put race aside and see that this country is hurting, in peril and no longer has the great respect we once had in this world....clearly Obama is uniting people of all race, ethnic backgrounds, economic status, it doesn't matter....both hillary and mccain should drop out and Obama should have Huckabee as the VP.....talk about uniting republicans and democrats.....Obamican for life!

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. DW

    Notice, readers, that the newest posts go under the post that CNN uses to create the most flak! By reporting the "latest poll", until tomorrow's next poll, they purposely feed the media fire gods and slant the race whichever way they want it to go!
    Thank goodness there are super delegates out there who are smart enough and voting with their hearts to support the candidate of change that doesn't rely on lies "under sniper fire" to prop up their negative campaign!

    Go Obama!

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Obama Kool-Aid Drinker

    The Kool-Aid taste great! Everyone let's take a sip!

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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