Obama Picks Up Bingaman
New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman endorsed Sen. Barack Obama today, bringing Obama’s superdelegate count to 242 to Clinton’s 264. (289 are still uncommitted.) Bingaman has served in the Senate for 26 years and is the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
In the release, Bingaman said:
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.
I strongly believe Barack Obama is best positioned to lead the nation in that new direction.
Since Clinton’s win in Pennsylvania last week, five superdelegates have announced their support for Obama compared to two for Clinton. According to MSNBC’s tally, Obama now leads 15 to 12 among senators.
Could this be the Obama’s camp’s way of trying to slow down the Wright-heavy media cycle? Bingaman is a well respected member of the Democratic Senate caucus, and is one of the most high profile endorsements Obama has received in a while.
*Update: Earlier we reported that there was no press release from the Obama camp. There was. We regret the error. *