February 21st, 2008
04:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama wins Democrats Abroad contest

An American living in Berlin votes in the Democrats Abroad primary on Super Tuesday.
An American living in Berlin votes in the Democrats Abroad primary on Super Tuesday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama has won the Democrats Abroad Global Primary, according to the International Chair for the Democrats Abroad, Christine Marques.

Marques tells CNN the results of the week-long vote were:

Barack Obama – 65 percent, Hillary Clinton – 32 percent, with the rest of the candidates pulling in less than 1 percent of the vote each.

Democrats Abroad will send 22 delegates to the Democratic Convention, with half a vote each, carrying a total of 11 votes.

According to Democrats Abroad UK Chairman Bill Barnard, eight of the 22 will be superdelegates: two of those have said they will support Clinton, two have said they will support Obama, and four are undecided. Fourteen of the 22 will be pledged delegates.

Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary began on Super Tuesday, February 5 and continued through February 12. Voting centers were set up in 33 countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong and new chapters in Istanbul, Ukraine, Russia and Indonesia - the highest number of voting centers in the primary's history.

This was the first cycle that Democrats Abroad enabled those who live in countries without voting centers to vote by mail, fax or Internet.

Democrats Abroad will not release its membership numbers, but the largest communities of U.S. expatriates live in Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

–CNN's Jonathan Wald

soundoff (581 Responses)
  1. jude

    i am so happy about the result. i think it is hightime for Clintons to quit the race now and let the democrat get well prepared for the general election.

    February 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. RPF

    So expatriates, people who live in other countries are allowed to vote for the American President?

    February 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. MR. B.

    Just another sign !

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    February 21, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Amorehouseman

    Great! Way to Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. John

    They know that Obama is the only one capable of repairing Americas Image abroad. Thats why they voted for him.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. jok

    wining everwhere in the world include US over hillary clinton makes me wonder why is happening about it, it is because he is very honostly for the American people or it is because is very kindly and emotion about his speeches . how??????????

    February 21, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Just Asking

    If you're "the most electable," don't you have to win elections?

    February 21, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. OBAMA4EVER

    that's 11 in a row~!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Peggy Green

    Someone who loves Hillary (Bill?) really needs to take her aside and explain to her that if indeed she wants what's good for the party she needs to shelve her immense ego and endorse Barack Obama. I know she believes she is the president we need but more and more she must realize that WE THE PEOPLE do not!

    February 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Texan Man

    Obama goes global. He's the man!

    February 21, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Vanessa

    I honestly believe this race is over. I was a Hillary supporter until the past few weeks and the tactics I've seen she's been using.

    I saw a recent poll today. Obama is closing in to her in Ohio. He's down 9 when a couple of weeks ago, he was down 19. And it's all but ties in Texas.

    I an a women, and as much as I would like to see a women in the "house", I would much rather see our nation succeed.

    February 21, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. P Smith

    Yeah! Another win for Obama. I see a clean sweep here.

    February 21, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. jp/michigan

    Mr. Obama has not been really criticize before. He has not really been vetted by the media. McCain and Clinton questions his eloquent but empty calls for change. Obama declaration he won't be beholden to lobbyists and special interest groups. He has not broken with any lobbyist from the left fringe of the Democratic Party. He says yes to the lobbyists of the AFL-CIO. He won't break with trail lawyers, and now he goes out of his way to proclaim fidelity to the educational unions. He cannot proclaim his goal is the end of influence for lobbies if he only influences he seeks to end are lobbies of the center and the right. Why is the media afraid to question this man on his past, the present and about our future?

    February 21, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Barack Oprah

    Rest of the world also want to see the worst president in the US history. And of course, the worst first lady too.

    Go Obama!! Show us American Dream!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Tom Swift

    If 22 delegates each have a 1/2 vote... why not send 11 with a vote each and call it good? At the very least it will save Hillary 11 phone calls...

    McCain/Rice '08

    February 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. harriet hollander

    Obama said in his Wisconsin victory speech something like: We will change every city, every county, every state! That is a frightening statement. Lou Dobbs reports a poll that says the media tilts to Obama. If CNN is truly objective, this statement by Obama should receive very intense scrutiny by all voters. Maybe he was continuing his pattern of overblown hype, but his words–and he thinks–words–are important–suggest a belief that he thinks we need to overturn our everyday way of life– in our cities, counties, and states.

    February 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Mark C. Eades

    The support Obama has received from Americans living abroad speaks strongly to his ability to connect with a global audience. Having lived abroad for extended periods myself, I can attest to the view it provides on how our global neighbors feel about US policy and its influence on the lives on ordinary people around the world. It is no mere coincidence that while Americans abroad prefer Obama, so do many citizens of the countries in which they reside, as the "Obama-mania" witnessed on Bush's recent visit to Africa attests. For the world Obama puts a new face on face on the United States, and it appears to be a face the world likes.

    February 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. John

    I see we are now all in agreement Obama/Edwards all the way. How about that Mccain who knew him and Bill had so much in common Hillary can console Mccains wife can explain to her how to pick up the peices. I'm sure she is devestated.

    February 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Joe Voter

    Awesome. I voted for Obama from Korea, on Feb 5. Finally I see the results!

    February 21, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Lesly

    The man is ready to lead.

    February 21, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. MB Atlanta

    I once lived overseas and was a member of Dems Abroad. It is obvious why Americans living abroad chose Obama. Americans overseas are faced daily with the negative view that many foreigners have of America and our leaders. It has been an uneasy 7 years for ex-pats with Bush in office!
    During the World Cup Football games in Frankfurt in 2006, every country participating was proud to display flags and sing praises to their country. When the US started its match against Italy, my Dems Abroad friends and I hesitantly stood to sing our national anthem in a public square. We sang proudly but that moment of unease before we stood should never have happened. There was no excuse for our administration to put us in a situation in which America is looked at differently now than in the past.

    Obama can change that view of the US overseas.

    February 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Aaron in Virginia

    What I find interesting about this is that it clearly has nothing to do with regional Obama organization or inspiring rallys.

    February 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. ILoveAmerica

    Expected reaction from Hillary Clinton:

    "Well, you know, this primary really doesn't matter at all – everyone knows that Canada, Mexico and the UK are all Red states!"

    February 21, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Unite the Democratic party

    Thats not suprising.......America has spoke and now a good portion of the world gives there opinion. ALL these people can't be taken in by just "good speeches with no substance" WAKE UP AMERICA

    OBAMA 08

    February 21, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. wale azeez

    I give up no matter how much we smear and mudsling this "kid" he just keeps winning...

    February 21, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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