Clinton Strikes Back With Easley
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton this morning. This brings the the superdelegate tally to 265 for Clinton and 242 for Obama, by MSNBC’s count. (288 supers are uncommitted).
Per the release:
I am supporting Hillary Clinton because she has a passion for improving the lives of all Americans. She will be a president who stands up for people across North Carolina – and this country – every day in the White House,’ said Governor Easley. ‘I know she will get to work immediately making education and the economy her top priorities for our nation. She is ready to lead our country and has the ability to deliver.’
Easley, a two-term governor, is a big get for Clinton - only one other N.C. superdelegate has gone for Clinton so far. It also all but nullifies Obama’s picking up Sen. Jeff Bingaman yesterday, which has gotten little attention in the press in wake of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s media blitz. It should be noted, though, that both Democratic candidates for the upcoming gubernatorial race in North Carolina have endorsed Obama. Easley can’t run again under North Carolina’s term-limit rules. While the two candidates aren’t superdelegates, their support reinforces the story line Obama’s camp is pushing that he is more in line with the current Democratic mind set in the Tar Heel State.