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. michael Bump

    Actually, no, the world does not want Barack Obama – the media wants Barack Obama. And like Lemmings off a cliff, our ignorant, sound-bite-oriented culture obeys what they say. Its been a Clinton bash-fest from the beginning, and few seem to want to actually look through the crap to see the truth of all of this. Obama is not ready to lead this country as President. He is an empty box w/ nice wrapping and a nice card on it. Obama-kins enjoy the ride, as this one's going to crash hard. And you think 8 yrs of Bush was tough??! As for me-a life-long Democrat, if Obama indeed wins the nomination, I will be voting for McCain this Fall. I'm not drinking Obama's kool-aid.

    February 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Chris, Columbia, SC

    RPF,
    One does not lose their U.S. citizenship by moving to another country. So, yes they are allowed to vote.

    February 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jay K IL

    McCain, who is all about war, is now going to war with the NYT. Hillary will fight, fight, fight, for you "all day and all night". Who knows why she served six years on Wal-mart's Board, collected her check, but did not fight for those employees. Obama will unify, integrate, bring people together for consensus. He will talk to "our enemies" which Hillary called naive. Yes, naive, because she will fight, she did vote for the war.

    YOU decide!

    February 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Big deal if he is the candidate he will lose to McCain.

    February 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Fernandez

    Big Deal

    February 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. TXNS for Hillary

    Oh brother. We are setting ourselves up for failure with Obama. The only thing I see in him is someone who believes he is an innovator such as MLK and JFK. Obama is not even close to their level. He's just full of hot air. No plans, just talk about HOPE and CHANGE. Mr. Obama, tell us your plans.....Hello?????

    February 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Marsha

    This is so cool!! Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    People are fainting everywhere he goes. Even when sneezes the audience breaks into cheers. Obama is not winning because of issues, or records of service, he is winning because of the "Rockstar Effect." And I bet most of you wasn't familiar of the name Barack Obama until this election. And yes, in states like South Carolina, Alabama, and Idaho, he won 80 plus percent of the black voters... that really says a lot. If Obama wins the nomination I would be voting for McCain. At least our first lady to be when he wins has a record of public service.

    February 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Sandra Hadaway-Reaney

    Yuck! What is this world coming to? Senator Obama, novice, leading. I cannot believe he is fooling so many people. If he does, in fact, win the democratic nomination, it will be at least four more years of inept leadership and bumbling and stumbling. My life has been turned upside down in the past eight years. I've been looking forward to a real leader, like Senator Clinton.
    Sandra from Greenville

    February 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Tim in Ohio

    I will have to second the notion of MB Atlanta that the American image as viewed by other nations is extremely negative. Even interacting with people from other countries online can be a bit disconcerting.

    When someone asks me "Where are you from?" - there is always a bit of hesitance in my response. Aside from the hesitance, even more apparent to myself is the shame I feel to claim my native country.

    I would say that the possibility of Obama getting elected makes me far less cynical about the majority of other Americans, maybe even feeling a slight bit of hope.

    February 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Marie (Nevada)

    Jack, you said yesterday you hoped we would be spared another negative campaign, well with the latest attempt to smear John McCain it has not only turned negative, it has turned evil.

    February 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Dan the man from Tx

    I would hope that Hillary changes her stance and bows out and keeps her dignity...Please, she is a good lady with good ideas and she doesn want to be know as the candidate who wants to win without the popular vote and least states.

    February 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. deb

    oh harriet, he's talking about change from the bottom up, like a larger version of what he did as a community organizer, start making things better for a neighborhood and let that ripple out into the community as a whole. what did you think he was talking about? and for those that act like barack just came out of nowhere, i encourage you to go online and google his resume, you will read about his harvard career, his time as a community organizer, his work in the illinois senate and his work as a senator on capital hill. i think you'll be pretty impressed. also i believe barack is the first politician running for office who i've ever seen endorsed by some republicans, like a republican who worked with him in the illinois senate. i mean come on, when's the last time a republican had a good thing to say about any democrat, let alone endorse one. in fact there's a man working on mccain's campaign who said about a year ago that if barack gets the democratic nomination, he will leave the mccain campaign because he has so much respect for barack he refuses to campaign against him. seems pretty bi-partisan to me........

    February 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Rosnah

    The support from abroad only means those people have been living abroad. they don't seem to be aware what's happening in the country. the only way they have to see obama is through the media that has been bias.

    February 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. marie k

    obama proved that how a powerfull speech can capture the
    heart and soul of the most powerfull land on the face of the heart.
    god bless him. maire khalili

    February 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Dan the man from Tx

    If her only Focus is on Ohio and Us...then what does that say about the other 10 states she has lost. This is a bad decision on her campaign...people see it. If she loses....I hope she could still be apart of the White House...without BILL

    February 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Grace

    Hillary Rodham Clinton ended January with $7.6 million in debt — not including the $5 million personal loan she gave to her campaign in the run-up to the critical Super Tuesday elections, according to financial reports released Wednesday.

    In contrast, Democratic rival Barack Obama’s campaign’s finances continued to be robust.

    He reported raising nearly $37 million and spending nearly $31 million. His cash balance was $25 million, of which roughly $20 million can be spent on the primary. He reported a comparatively small $1 million in debts, owed largely to just three vendors.

    The January monthly financial disclosure reports glimpse a behind-the-scenes imbalance that has had a significant impact on the primary contest — one that continues in the days leading up to the critical March 4 primaries in Texas and Ohio.

    As the Clinton campaign scrambles for cash, Obama appears on track to raise more than $30 million again in February.

    Phil Singer, a Clinton spokesman, downplayed the disparity. “Thanks to an enormous outpouring of support, we will raise more money this month than in any other so far. We have all the resources we need to compete and win,” he said.

    But the Clinton report paints a picture of a one-time front-runner under enormous pressure after miscalculating that she would wrap up the nomination before or on Feb. 5.

    February 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. lisa

    Are you people stupid or just ignorant!!!! These so called overseas votes are americans – not other nations....I'm canadian female and find these sexist comment towards Hillary very distirbing!

    WAKE UP AMERICA-THIS IS WHY MOST COUNTRIES HATE YOU....you ingnorance, and stupidity just digs you in a deeper whole with the rest of the world. Do you people have a short memory???? The clinton's in office provide you jobs, balanced the budget and a whole lot of other credit to there record. What suprises me most-is the AAC. the clinton always looked out for you-what has obama done for your community todate-hummm nothing and that trend will continue-

    as for the oversea vote-11 of them super del support hillary, on 2 support obama-get your fact straight before to open your big fat sexist mouths.

    February 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. JIM

    To RPF,
    Darn right US Expats can (and should vote). This has always been true. The difference now is that in the primary the Democrats were able to vote for a separate Expat delagation while the Republican had to votr in a "home' state in the US. All have to vote in their home states in the general election via absentee ballot proceedures.

    You seem to imply that tere is some problem with Expats voting. US expats are the ony ones in the world that have to pay income taxes while outside of our home country...so at a minimum we should keep and use the right to vote.

    February 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. AJ

    John in Texas – I think that 85% number is somewhat inflated. I'm a Hillary supporter and dispise Obama and will absolutly vote for McCain if Mr. Arrogant Empty Suit wins the nomination. Whats more, every other Hillary supporter that I know feels the same way.

    americans living in other countries wont have to suffer under an Obama presidency like the rest of us.

    Obama is the G. W. Bush of the democratic party.

    February 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. WAIT!

    8 superdelegates went to Clinton???? Man... that just means that it about evens out then! SUPERDELEGATES are minimizing the voice of the people!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Chris

    Anon, Get your facts right.

    Hillary, throughout her senate years sponsored and co-sponsored 20 bills.

    Obama, on the other hand, sponsored and co-sponsored 820 bills !!

    So who is more experienced? If you noticed Hillary stopped using that argument. Probably you should as well because it is a lie.

    February 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. OBAMAman

    I didn't know that expatriates got to vote.
    Is this somrthing new this year?

    February 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. calling Dr. Howard Dr. Fine Dr. Howard

    It should not be surprising that those not living in this country, should align themselves with the husband of a woman who hates America, until her husband starts to get some success.

    February 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Puddytat

    WHO'S ELECTION IS THIS ?

    February 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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