February 5th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
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Obama the choice of Democrats in Indonesia

A girl walks past the school in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Barack Obama attended as a boy.

A girl walks past the school in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Barack Obama attended as a boy.

(CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won the first battle of the Super Tuesday showdown when Democratic Party voters in Indonesia - where Obama spent four years of his childhood - picked him over Sen. Hillary Clinton.

A girl walks past the school in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Barack Obama attended as a boy.

Seventy-five percent of the nearly 100 votes cast by expatriate Americans a minute after midnight Indonesia time (12 p.m. Monday EST) went to Obama. The rest were cast in favor of Clinton, said Arian Ardie, country committee chair for Democrats Abroad.

Ardie said he was not permitted to disclose the exact number of votes cast, and added that the results were preliminary and still need formal verification.

Ardie said that Obama's time in Indonesia was part of his appeal among expatriate voters in the Southeast Asian country.

"I think it factored in to the extent they saw someone with strong international experience," he said. "But I don't think it was the primary factor."

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  1. liz

    Do we need Obama for President when he attends a church that pledges its allegiance to Africa? NO, I want my President to pledge allegiance to the United States of America–please google Obama and check for yourself! Kenya definitely needs a leader–obama go there to your father's house.

    February 5, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Becky Montgomery

    If Hillary can count being first lady as presidential experience, then Obama can count living abroad as foreign experience.

    February 5, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Clifford Wilson

    I am a 47 year old white male And I back Obama. He represents the change needed in America. Also it is our responcibility to get healthy so that people who really need healthcare is available and affordable It is the same old story of supply and demand. JFK-"Ask NOT what your Country can do for you, Rather ask what YOU can do for your Country...." Live Long and Die Healthy!

    February 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Nick

    Kris, regarding the Superdelegates....

    there are 201 Superdelegates endorsing Hillary and 110 endorsing Barak.... yes, it's 2:1, but there are 411 UNDECLARED Superdelegates that are most likely waiting to see how their state votes. The peoples' vote still matters and will influence how all of this turns out.

    We need to be encouraging more people to get to the polls not discouraging them.

    February 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Prakaithip

    Another International representative thinks people in America are crazy for choosing Obama! Geeeeez frickin Louise.

    Canadian Laughing at US Politics, February 5, 2008 2:37 pm ET

    This is the best reality show ever. You go Americans! LOL Great stories. If Obama spent time Moose hunting in the great white north, would that be International exp?

    February 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Miles

    Who Cares!!

    Clinton beat McCain, Romney, Huckabee and Obama in Florida and you didn't make a big deal about it!! You barely reported it!!! Funny how you make a big deal for Obama...votes across the ocean!!!

    You are lopsided CNN!!! America is catching on to you!!!

    February 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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