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. Tim from Florida

    I thought you were suppose to vote the way your state went ?So if superdelegates break for Clinton in next week or so .We do not want to hear any bull crap from the Obama fans that someone is stealing the election .Because just last week the Oklahoma governor went to Obama as well and both of those states went Clinton !!!So remember fair is fair NEWS MEDIA !!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Venus

    Again – thank you sir! Did any one watch the Devil – Carville last week on Larry King and how he talked to Bill Richardson?

    And people talk about Rev. Wright?

    Keep going Hillary! The polls that are coming out every other minute are lying!

    How can Hillary beat Mc Cain when she can't beat a rookie?

    April 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Angel for Obama

    Welcome to the Obama Cap David. Obama brings the chance we can believe and trust in. Thanks for making the right and smart decision.

    Obama 08 Enough Said

    April 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. NO hillary 4 me

    Go Obama !!!!!!!! Bye Billary

    April 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Tim

    It's sad how stupid and uninformed the general public is. Look at the people who are in politics and know what's going on...they are on board with Obama. The country needs to go in a new direction...do your research Hillary fans. She is a vile human being driven only by her ambition...


    April 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |


    April 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Marshall in Nebraska

    Just one more name to the growing list.

    April 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. AGL

    Another idiot, that will not get re-elected!!, What stupidity!, Obama will be the shame of this nation if he gets elected!!

    April 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Roland

    Hillary has lost. The realization is slow to set in . . . just look at all her deluded supporters. The Superdelegates will put Obama over the top before June.

    April 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Angel for Obama

    Meant to say welcome to the Obama Cap Jeff not David (My mistake)

    Obama 08 Enough said

    April 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. mark

    i hear peoplekeppsaying that hillary has experience.i wonder what she has done for the country. she was bill clinton wife,when bill was president. if she has experince why people are still suffering since bill nafta

    April 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Grant

    Why is every Super who votes for Obama a "Judas"...shows that the Clintons really think they own the Dem party.....We kicked out the monarchy in 1776! This race is over, the powers that be, $$$ guys etc are all pulling out of her camp, she is out of $$ and ideas. The campaign is running on a tight budget to carry them to May 6, as Hillary has recouped her losses from recent fundraising, thus Penn served the purpose it was intented to do.

    Expect more to come his way. The Dems want this over and fast! HRC as her foot in her mouth on too many issues taking irrational stances on too many issues to gain votes in Penn to pay off her Campaign debt. She is too vulnerable now..the prime example is her now unconditional withdrawl from Iraq within 60 days regardless of what the military leaders say, McCain will have a field day with this, her China bashing is not helping either. If she is elected, this will all go by the wayside when she is handed the actual dossier of what is really going on over there.....she is really backed into a corner here...

    I am suprised, I know a few guys in the military, why are not they talking about Russia, the BEAR has awoken from it's hibernation people!! And while we are in serious financial trouble, they have cornered the worlds commodity market and have $2B a day rolling in from $120/barrell oil and $11/gig natural gas...WAKE UP AMERICA

    April 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Mary in LA

    And Clinton picked up one SD in Oregon – where's that story?

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Sumaya Conners. East Chatham, NY

    Superdelegates should vote according to the popular vote. New Mexico voted for Hillary Clinton. Richardson and now Bigaman certainly seem to have their own personal vendetta or agenda against Senator Clinton.
    If the DNC had winner take all, then we would not be having these blogs, because Hillary would have won already.

    Obama is not ready to be president, he is too naive, too inexperienced and now with all the Wright fiasco is too compromised.

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Paulinus, Canada

    Smart move for believing in HOPE and not FEAR

    In church yesterday, I listened to a Catholic priest preached about Hope Vs fear. It struck me that Obama is preaching Hope while Hillary is instilling fear into the minds of the American people.

    Hope Vs Fear

    Hope Factor => Obama
    Fear Factor => Hillary

    I followed the last two democratic primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania and have deduced that most Americans live in fear. In realizing that, Sen. Hillary Clinton has embarked on the fear factor to secure her wins. She was able to instill fear into the minds of the undecided voters with her fear and negatives ads. What a way to win.

    From a spiritual perspective, people should leave in Hope and not fear. Does Hillary have any Religious affiliation? It is surprising to see that a high percentage of Catholics embrace Hillary. Are they being indoctrinated into Hillary’s spiritual beliefs? A true Christian should believe in Hope and not Fear.

    If people continue to live in fear, there will always be mistrust, divisiveness, and wars. Hope is what we need to counteract fear, which will bring people together and ultimately help Americans work together as a United Nation.

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Phillip

    Whatever happened to superdelegates not overturning the popular vote (per Pelosi and other Obama supporters)? If I remember correctly, Clinton won New Mexico, but 2 of its super's have endorsed Obama. Hypocrisy? I think so. I guess when they said they wanted the popular vote to count, they meant "for Obama."

    You go GIRL!

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. BettiH. Indianapolis, IN

    What is wrong with these super deleagates? We need to stand up and rally behind a woman known and proven to be a strong, lying, murderous, scandalous biggoted butt-whole.

    I say Go Obama.

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Chris, Erie, PA


    Hillary won your state's primary and earned your vote. Enough with all these spineless Superdelegates rallying behind Obama out of fear. Stand behind the true leader – the toughest rival to face McCain in the fall – the candidate with ideas AND solutions... Hillary Clinton!

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. True

    Keep our polls and your spin and your media circus. We want reality and that means super delegates!

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Aaron, ATL

    Its amazing how people are taking this election so personal to the point of blind loyalty. Whoever the nominee is, they'll have my vote. Barack Obama is my choice but if Hillary is "given" the election, I'll be disturbed but I won't silence my voice by not voting or voting for McCain (insane!!!) I hope that whoever it is we hold them accountable when they get in office because that is the only thing that really counts.

    OBAMA '08 (and although she's a habitual liar I'll vote for Hillary if the winch is in the general...LOL)

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Tom in MA

    Apparently a lot of super delegates could give a rat's behind about the wishes of the majority in their states. I hope they are remembered at election. I know Kennedy and Kerry will...by most of my large family!

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Kim

    Good news. More to follow.

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Torry

    Well again another red state that Clinton carried so theres no way Obama will win it anyway .I think it was funny how the Kennedy,s came out and endorsed Obama then the great Rev Wright slammed
    JFK this weekend .I bet Jackie is rolling over in her grave .

    McCain 2008 !!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Welcome aboard Senator.............it is good that the future of our Party takes precedence . If CNN doesn't stop the diliberate antagonizing of both of these candidates .......some of us who own sizeable blocks of shares will start to question your managment as towhat value our country is getting out of this !!!! There is freedom of the press ............but you are still publicly owned!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Darrell - Wisconsin

    sb – I watched his speech and he was referencing analyzed data from two scholars in education and linguistics. I don't suppose a Hillary supporter would know anything about that, because most of them are uneducated.

    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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