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. GCG

    Hmmm, all of the HRC supporters are claiming that he is a traitor and/or is not following the will of their own voters. Where were they when HRC garnered nearly *ALL* of her superdelegate support before ANY elections actually happened? Why weren't they incensed about the supers not waiting for the vote then? Oh, because it benefited them, then.

    As time has gone on, the American people have woken up to an opportunity to be a part of real change, rather than a throwback to the past. That scares some people, and that makes them act irrationally and lashing out against things that seemed perfectly fine in their own world-view back when it benefited them.

    April 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Juliet

    April 28th, 2008 4:29 pm ET

    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 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    It seems each new superdelegate that declares for a candidate declares for Obama. Seems Rendell was the last superdelegate to cast for Hillary, and that was months ago. It's obvious Obama is and should be the nominee. If the Clinton's split the party and McCain wins in November the Clinton's will be to blame (or credit) and they will be as popular as Dukakis. You remember, he lost in 1988 and hasn't been heard from since. On the other hand, not hearing from the Clinton's again would be a delight.

    April 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Ruben

    Vee what popular vote are you talking about? Clinton is behind in the real popular vote...if your suggesting adding votes that Obama and many other people where not on then you are correct. But that isnt the case and you are a tool bag.

    April 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. OC - CA - cubanamericanwoman

    TO CNN –

    Why won't you discuss the California case where Hillary and Bill Clinton are involved as defendants. Case of Peter Paul vs. Clintons, et al. WHY? WHY?


    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. JJ

    Senator Bingaham,
    Thanks for the great endorsement today!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. A New Mexican

    Hey Judas Richardson,

    You obviously don't know anything about New Mexico. Hispanics already make up about 1/2 the population. Bingamen is well liked in New Mexico and this won't effect his electability and Richardson can't run for another term because of term limits but would win hands down if he did. She did win the state but by a very small number of votes. By the way, Hillary is the candidate who says that superdelegates should vote there conscience so you should all be happy since that is what Bingamen did.

    A New Mexican

    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Typical White Person

    I really think the super delegates should get off the pot and make their decision. I believe the problem is that many supported HRC before this all began and now they some are changing sides and not being loyal. This is what is really causing the bitterness. There is no loyality in politics.

    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Luckyj

    Since HIllary have so much EXPERIENCE, how come she can't shut Obama down.

    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Donovan

    Super Delegate?,

    O'bama can only hope that Indiana goes his way, bottom line...
    As he said, it will be decisive. Super Delegates can Change
    thier minds...

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. adam

    When clinton was ahead, there was negativity, and every one was happy with both, but after he pulled ahead of her, she is destroying the party.. do not forget that obama is campaigning against hillary,bill, and Chelsey, yet he is ahead and his campaign financially solid. lets get this over with !

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Jean

    He is voting the will of the people – maybe not necessarily his state. But think about it folks – if each superdelegate votes how the people vote, we could have a tie (again – who wants that?) The tide needs to turn in a particular direction. When it does I think we will start seeing a landslide toward the winner – which is Obama!

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Grif

    You can't buy Vote's...It won't work..Rush to judgement is for fool" s

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. merle 7

    Thanks senator Bingaman for your much needed support on the Obama train. I must say another wise decision. Let's get this party started!

    Obama 08!

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Walter, Chicago, IL

    That is right! Welcome aboard sir...next stop, the White House!

    Obama 08!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Nora, FLORIDA

    DNC better WAKE UP b/c Hillary cannot and will not win the General election without all voters. Many harp on the Blue Collar this and blue collar that but they are not the only ones in this country that makes up the voter population. Someone better school the bean heads quickly. It would be sad for Dem voters to prove a point if the Super Delegates are blinded and bought with a price by Hell(ary) and Camp Goons!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Carol

    You keep dismissing the fact the a great percentage of Hillary voters will not vote for Obama. The latest spin on this is that these people will either change their mind or they're racist! Bill Clinton is racist. Ed Rendell is racist. Geraldine Ferraro is racist.

    The real reason they will not vote for Obama is that he is inexperienced and does not offer answers to questions. Look at the statistics ... I am still hearing that Obama will get the Reagan Demorats when he is not getting them now and he will not get them in November. The worst thing that happened for Obama is that McCain is the Replubican nominee. McCain will get those voters. Obama is not a moderate and nobody can make him one.

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Morten Busk

    people with common sense will support Obama.

    America won´t get a better chance.

    an honest president.

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. David

    Why did the DNC ever think that superdelegate were needed?????

    They came up with them to overturn the peoples votes if they needed to. Why are you Dems not upset about that??? No matter who you are backing it comes down to the DNC (your party bosses) set it up where if they want someting that goes against the people it can be changed?

    How do you stand for that????

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Raq

    Obama will be our next PRESIDENT. Hillary can't win.

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. libertarian looking in

    Oh my God. If I hear one more comment about Rev. Wright I am going to puke. This has just become an emotional war of attrition for those who want to see the first woman/black man in office. And it seems they will take their party down if their side doesn't get the call. When you let emotions run your world then you do not deserve to be taken seriously. Unfortunately it seems like the Democratic quagmire is full of emotion and very little reasoning. "My candidate won't win so I will vote for a Republican first" That is just unfathomable and I can see why some of my conservative friends call the Democrats the Pity Party of Emotions.........disgusting.

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Raul

    Vamos OBAMA...los hispanos estamos contigo!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Karen in Cape Cod

    Another in a LONG line of delegates going AGAINST the voters! New Mexico was won by Hillary Clinton!

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Sandra

    Well, Michael, It does not matter if you have heard of this guy! It just goes to show that more superdelegates will be moving towards Obama as they become well INFORMED.

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Dave in WI

    To all the hate-filled Hillary supporters who are questioning "the will of the voters"....

    Obama has won more states, more pledged delegates, and the popular vote.

    Hillary agreed at the beginning of the primary season to exclude the results of Michigan and Florida, because they didn't follow the rules set by the DNC. But now she is holding the results from these two states as the reason she should be elected, when Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan.

    The will of the American people has been very clear since Iowa.....

    OBAMA 08!

    April 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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