April 29th, 2008
10:50 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama to pick up another Superdelegate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/29/art.chandler.ap.jpg caption="Ben Chandler is backing Barack Obama."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Barack Obama will be endorsed by Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler Tuesday, three weeks before voters from his state head to the polls in this marathon march to the Democratic presidential nomination, an aide to the Illinois senator tells CNN.

Chandler, whose district includes the city of Lexington – home of the University of Kentucky - and the state capital, Frankfort, was first elected in February 2004 in a special election to fill the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Ernie Fletcher. Fletcher had defeated Chandler in the gubernatorial race months earlier.

Chandler joins fellow Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth as the second Kentucky superdelegate to endorse Obama. Sen. Hillary Clinton has the backing of three other Kentucky superdelegates, leaving three - including sitting Gov. Steve Beshear - undeclared.

Earlier Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley endorsed Clinton’s presidential bid. North Carolina voters head to the polls in one week.

UPDATE: Iowa Democrat Richard Machacek, a member of the Democratic National Committee and superdelegate, has also endorsed Barack Obama for president, an Obama aide confirmed to CNN.

Machacek’s support for Obama was first reported late Tuesday morning by The Des Moines Register.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (295 Responses)
  1. Jamaal Kansas

    Yes We can Yes We Can and it fells good to know that Barack Obama 08 to all you second guessers will be watching president Obama in January

    April 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Mike G

    Thanks for the endorsement and KEEP EM COMING!
    "Go away Hillary – Go away" Rise Hillary Rise sounds like a chant--they call US cultists?

    April 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. farley

    Superdelegates should support Obama. Hillary probably will too. It wouldn't be Hillary's first marriage of convenience.

    April 29, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. dreamseeker9

    Bob in Des Moines – bill clinton is an opportunistic sham artist and he knows it and so do most Intelligent folk

    April 29, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. MD

    This is an important endorsement. Clinton currently has more declared supers in KY. Obama needs to level the field there as soon as possible.

    What amazes me is superdelegates who are cutting their political throat by voting for Hillary at this late stage of the game. The nomination is virtually Obama's. All these superdelegates who are voting for Clinton are going to feel the backlash in their next respective elections.

    April 29, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Mack

    Hang in there Sen. Clinton. You are fighting a tough battle but you can win. Common sense should tell anyone that you will be more electable in the General Election.

    April 29, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Ric

    Obama/Wright '08 ~ Audacity of Hate
    Support terror, Vote Obama!!! Shame on ALL of you. America deserves better.

    April 29, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. enough!

    First they called us Wal-Mart democrats.

    Instead of peeling away the college educated, high income Hillary supporters, we saw through the hype of hope propaganda.

    We strongly united behind Hillary, the champion of ALL democrats.

    We stood in solidarity behind ALL democrats regardless of race, ethnicity, income, age, geography, gender or creed.

    The strategy of hate while preaching unity will not fool nor win over voters.

    April 29, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Mentor

    Why are we even talking about what WRIGHT has to say? Lets talk about 13 years kid getting pregnant in polygamist compound in texas also, coz both are religion discussions....right? What kind of hypocrasy is this? WRIGHT served in army for 6 years.

    April 29, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Deb

    You will be sorry you backed the wrong horse!

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate!

    Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. White male for Obama

    Despite the black mailing the media have had on Obama, reasonable people still search through the rubish and find their guy.

    God bless America.
    The Media want to tieRen. Wright to Obama at all cost instigate confructation between the candidates.
    Or trying to prolong Democratic race for their own benefit. The longer the race drags on the more money the Media get on ads.

    Who is stupid? Most of us blogger buy into it by writing what they want to hear .hate. insulting words, negative attacks whereby tearing the democratic party apart.
    say no you negative posting or blogger.
    God Bless you all.

    April 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Never Forget

    CNN is becoming another FOX and I almost at the point of tuning them out like I did FOX. CNN, why is most of the articles on the Obama page about Rev. Wright? Who's running for president? It's your network that's giving Wright all the attention. If you would give these oil companies this kind of coverage, just maybe the gas prices will come down. Voters are not concerned about Wright! We want jobs and lower prices at the pumps and health care. Don't you get it!

    April 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Belle

    Would rather have a GOVENOR endorsement of Clinton, than a Rep endorsement any day of the week. Perhaps NC might be within a few points...

    Fact is, Obama knew Wright would be a liability to his campaign...knew it.

    Obama continues to show BAD JUDGEMENT in his run for the highest office in the land. BAD JUDGEMENT because he could have tackled Wright, Rezko head on when he started. That would have earned TRUST. But he did not do that, did he?

    He also said Wright was VERY remorseful for his comments....then Wright comes on National Television, and IS NOT remorseful at all...
    shows Obama willing to do or say anything to be elected. He is not different...he is worse.

    April 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. orlando

    Obama is a politician with a cover. Media should take off this cover and let people know who Obama really is. But for some political reasons, media have not done that yet. Media and Bush pushed this country into the war. Now media try to push Obama into Whitehouse.

    Hillary 08.

    April 29, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. d

    Clinton can't even run a primiary election campagin without getting into huge debt and having people jump the sinking ship. Thinking on how she would run the country is horrifying. Good Choice Chandler

    April 29, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. 62 year old white woman

    David, I am not 18, republican, or smoking something! And I am definitely not "clueless". I am a working stiff who is looking for the old do-nothing politics of Washington to JUST GO AWAY. WE NEED BIG CHANGES TO GET ANYTHING DONE. For all Hillary's experience that she is constantly throwing out there, what has she done to change Wasington???? Let me answer that.......NOTHING!!!! It looks to me that all you Hillary supporters are just like her! Nasty, two-faced, and willing to get into the gutter to win this election!

    April 29, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Moses, Ca.

    I think the Superdelegates will come out in force for Barak Obama, once we win Indy.
    Go Barak

    April 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Independent


    April 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. lucyna


    April 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Deborah

    Go OBAMA!!!! America Is in need of change! We need a doer not a downer

    Hillary Rotten Clinton is a DOWNER

    Obama all the way to the Whitehouse!!!

    April 29, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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