April 28th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Sources: North Carolina governor to back Clinton


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/28/art.easley.gi.jpg caption="North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley."](CNN) - North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley will endorse Hillary Clinton's White House bid, two sources close to the campaign tell CNN.

The endorsement could give the New York senator a boost in the state with one week to go until its crucial May 6 primary. Recent polling suggests Barack Obama currently holds a double-digit lead over Clinton there, though no polls have been released since Clinton’s win in Pennsylvania last week.

Easley is also a superdelegate - one of the party's nearly 800 insiders who will determine which candidate wins the Democratic nomination. Earlier Monday, the Obama campaign announced it had picked up its own superdelegate endorsement, New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Tom

    The times, they are a-changin'!! All that's needed to complete the turn (now that everyone is seeing into Mr. Obama's closet through clear lenses and not race colored ones) is for John Edwards to come out for Hillary. Then, and only then, can the democrats look to the fall with confidence.

    April 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Davis in NC

    I am an Obama supporter, but I am also a North Carolinian. I don't see this as carrying much weight at all, with the exception of maybe a few more news clips for Clinton. Mike Easley is no Ed Rendell. He isn't visible in this state, he never makes any news and most North Carolinians probably couldn't recite his name if asked the governor of our state. Being completely honest and objective, this endorsement actually doesn't make very much if any difference. Congratulations to Sen. Clinton anyway.

    April 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. aliou

    an d the winner is: .... Cnn, Fox News, and contributors to the spin machine.

    The American people lose when clintons win. just check the label

    April 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Obama Buying Election

    Nice pickup for Clinton. Shows that Obama supporters are fading and Hillary is the only hope for the Democrats in November. Also someone else look into how much money Barack Obama has given the superdelegates. He has contributed over $676.000 to them and Jeff Bingaman is one of the them. He got $4,200. Just who is the corrupt one in this election?????

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Kentucky

    If the people that have elected you to office want Obama to be president, why would you endorse Billary? You must know where the body is buried!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. elly

    Congratulations, Sen. Clinton and good for you, Gov. Easley. This is what you call political courage to do what you think is the right thing and not what is popular. It' a easy to jump on a bandwagon like we have seen other governors do but Gov. Easley has shown integrity and backbone. Hopefully, John Edwards will look at the will of the people he has advocated for and follow suit.

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. John, Miss

    "Obama is the sleaziest Politician this country has ever seen."

    It's utterly amazing how stupid the American public can be, that they can turn their back on the most obvious forms of hate and bigotry coming from their candidate, and then blame someone else. There is absolutely no evidence to support this claim, it's just naive, inflamatory rhetoric, which is becoming a staple of the Clinton campaign.

    Thank you for electing my candidate.

    McCain '08

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. @americans

    waste of a superdelegate vote!

    why join a losing Hillarious campaign! sad gov!

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. JLPR

    Probably Obama wanted to buy him but with his campaing money but he said no =) He went to the honest stronger side

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Jack in ND

    ""THANK YOU for listening people of North Carolina.""

    The white people anyways.

    April 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. l3sli3 from michigan

    That's nice but the hilliary supporters seem to dismiss the power of the african american voters so we shall see if the govenor has the power to sway african american voters ( i doubt it ) so lets go obama

    obama 08

    April 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. warrenstone

    I understand why the North carolina governor backed Hillary.
    Hillary and husband clinton have succeeded in Bulling all the super delegades. They prefer not to endorse anybody, or endorse Obama and face what happened to Bill Richardson. This couple is the best bully i have never seen

    April 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Mia

    Casey wasn't much help for Obama in Pennsylvania–I don't think Easley will be much help for Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. John, Miss

    "Excellent! And with Elizabeth Edwards already indicating she prefers Hillary's healthcare plan over Obama's, she and John won't be far behind Governor Easley."

    and it won't mean a thing. he'll still win by double digits. an endorsement from my pet turtle would carry as much as weight as this guy.

    April 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. petesb

    gov how cann you endorse a liar and hypocrite unless that's what you are also??

    April 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. I think we can

    Yes we can!!

    I think we can.

    Can't we?

    What happened?!

    No! We can't!!

    April 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. linda hemmingsen

    Congratulations hillary on getting the govenor easley on your side.It is amzing that if obama got it his supporters would be saying how great he is but no, when hillary gets it the threats of not voting for him again start.These obama supporters are the meanest, nasty ,divious people ever.look how they turned on the senior voters who didn't vote for obama.yeh, they are really going to bring america together aren't they?no!

    April 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. raymond

    Wow, what a mistake and a big mistake.. couldn't believe it... Are you there governor...may 13 2008

    April 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |


    April 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Big gator

    Do it now cause she will lose the state big anyway.

    April 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Belle

    Wow...did not think she stood a chance in NC. She still may not win, but to get close would be amazing. Edwards should endorse Clinton as well, especially since her Health Care and other plans are very similar to his.

    April 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Beverly

    Someone in NC should vote for her.

    April 28, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. TT

    Senator Clinton is on her way to pull the biggest upset in primary history. If Hillary wins N.C., there will be "no doubt" she is the most electable candidate. Hillary's momentum into next week's primaries is amazing; almost as amazing as her abiltity to connect with voters. Thank goodness we have a candidate for President that can bring America together, when we need it the most. Thanks Governor!

    April 28, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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