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Gregoire: on Obama, Clinton and being a superdelegate…

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire – a Democratic superdelegate who announced late last week that’s she was backing Obama – was asked by a reporter Monday if the Clinton-leaning superdelegates should change their votes to reflect Obama’s strong win here in Saturday’s caucuses. (For more on caucuses, the candidates and presidential politics, see our new Spin Control 2.0 blog by clicking here.)

“You know, after what I went through, I’m the last person to tell a superdelegate what to do with their vote,” Gregoire said. “I respect everybody’s individual decision, and whatever decision they’re going to make from here to the convention.”

She said she plans to try to attend the convention in person.

Gregoire has said she was lobbied hard by both camps, finally telling Clinton the night before the announcement that she was siding with Obama.
Clinton’s reaction?

“She was wonderful, nothing short of it,” said Gregoire. “I said to her if you’re the nominee, senator, you can rest assured that I will do everything I can to make you the next president of the United States. And she said `Chris, I’m going to do my best to be that nominee, and when I am, I’ll call you and ask for your help.”

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