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. mk

    anon:
    John McCain isn't "independent" he is an extension of George Bush.
    He won't get anything done. It will be more of the same.

    February 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Marty, Orlando Fl

    Oooh another donation to the Obama campaign for me!!!!

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. MIKE

    SUPER DELEGATES VOTE FOR CLINTON WHEN THE PEOPLE WANT OBAMA HOW THE HELL IS THAT RIGHT. THEY SHOULD JUST STAY THE HELL OUT OF CONTEST. THE WHOLE PROCESS SHOULD BE WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT NOT DEALS MADE IN SOME BACK ROOM. THE GOP FORCED THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB OUT ( ROMNEY). NOW THEY STUCK US WITH A PUPPET LIKE McCAIN.

    February 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Zion

    I would have originally backed John McCain, but he has flip flopped on too many issues. He originally despised Bush, but now he backs everything he stands for. Okay, do I smell desperation.

    GO OBAMA. McCain and Clinton stands for the same old tired politics that we have become accustomed to. We need something new. The Republican Party should considering tapping into more youthful sources.

    February 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Rick, Maryland

    Woopy, the next thing is the FROG JUMPER"S OF AMERICA.
    Don't worry, if ya beat my girl Hillery, if you do, you've got
    w good woopin waiting for you from Big John in the general
    election.
    One way or another your goin down.

    February 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Patricia

    HOPE is alive EVERYWHERE! I donated as soon as I heard the news.

    For all you doubters.... Obama has more political experience than Hillary! She's been 'misleading' you. Obama has 8 yrs. in Ill. legislature. 2 yrs. US Senate. Hillary has been US Senator 8 yrs. That is all the 'political' experience she has... wake up!

    February 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. bernard

    HELLO......THE AMERICAN AWAKENING HAS BEGUN.....PEACE

    February 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Kate

    The handwriting is on the wall.

    February 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. OBAMA AND MICHELLE ARE OUT OF CONTROL

    CNN WILL NOT POST ANY OF MY COMMENTS ON HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE BIAS AND THEY ARE FOOLS. I USED TO LOVE CNN, UNTILL YOU COMPLETLY DISRESPECTED HILLARY THROUGH OUT THIS WHOLE DEM CAMPAIGN

    February 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. amy yance

    Will the CNN ask Barack Obama the tough questions tonight?

    For instance: What is Baracks legislative accomplishments?
    We know about his community service work in Illionios, what else has he done? Why do change your voice delivery when speaking to a mostly African American audience? Go into Preacher mode? He has all these plans, how is he going to pay for it. And I don't want to hear go "to my Web site" Why is it fair that he can go after Hillary and John, but when they go after him in questioning his experience, thats deemed by the media and Barack its personal attacks. Isn't it about time that CNN and the rest of the media, put their personal opinions aside and vet Barack like everyone else running for president? Have a debate that is fair and not one sided.
    If the people are allowed to see his inexperience to rune this country, I think his pied piper approach will start to fade. There has to be substance behind the inspiring speeches-CNN its your job to bring out the substance tonight for both candidates. I will be watching!!

    February 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. John B.

    With all of the years of EXPERIENCE that McCain has, why hasn't he been able to change things. Now I'm suppose to believe that he will suddenly come around to what needs to be done ? I don't think so.

    February 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Grif

    Hillary is not a quitter, she will always go the extra mile, And always with that extra smile...

    February 21, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. wycliffe

    Obama you have inspired the whole world. You desrve to be a president.

    February 21, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. chad gallagher

    barrack a-bama sucks. he has no experience and hes all a conspiracy. u people are so dumb, his speeches are bull and he will screw this country over even worse than now. GO HILLARY!

    February 21, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. John

    I'm officially confused.
    I just wanted the dream team
    Have we lost it?
    I hope not

    February 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Chris - Texas

    Hillary Clinton, you're the best!

    We are confident you will make a wonderful president. You have worked hard for us in the past and we know you will continue to break down the barriers that stand in our way to build a strong nation admired here and around the world.

    Thank you for having the strength and courage to keep standing in the face of so many folks attacks. No one can say you have not withstood the test of time. Keep standing up for us. We believe in you as the best choice for our country, right here and right now!

    February 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Gerard

    I did not know much about Obama but have learned what I can. This man is about healing our nation. I am with him all the way. I loved the Clintons. But we havebeen there and done that. Obama is our man

    February 21, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Lackluster

    Don't we still want the dream team?
    I thought most of us were united in wanting them both on the ticket.
    Did this change?
    Are we only for one and against the other?
    I still hope for the ultimate- the dream team.

    February 21, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. lisa

    Just one more thing-the only reason why obama is ahead.....most state allow rep to vote in dem primary- Rep are scared to run against Hillary, therefore, they go out and vote for obama in the primary to ensure that she will not get in, and change in the general election....

    I love to be inspired......however at the end of those great words, what inspiries me more is following those words with hard work-not he says will do any good if he can't follow through-and researching his history-he has no record to fall on

    February 21, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Mr. T

    Hillary's 527 group started attacking Obama in Ohio and Texas. This is a desperate move in order to offset Obama's fundraising advantage. 527 groups are allowed to raise unlimited amount of money from wealthy individuals. Unlike the Clintons, Obama is fully funded by the people. Obama supporters should combat this by going to his website and donate more money.

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

    McCain has a blond Lobbyist!
    Obama has Slum Lord Tony Rezko!
    I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton!!

    February 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Rose, MD

    RPF, you are so silly. Those are American citizens leaving or working abroad voting for their US prez. It is not foreigners voting. Please read articles clearly before you embarace yourself.

    February 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. jack2

    Obama has united Americans abroad, just like he will help reunite the rest of the world behind America.

    February 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. I am just so excited

    Ah yes, now he is the one that can bridge the hatered towards us and foreign countries. Irac will just love him, and Iran well, there is no stopping the love they will have for us if Obama gets to be President. The whole world then be so happy. Where has Obama been all this time. Hail Ceasear!!

    February 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Oh my....

    Well, I look forward to the debate tonight....I hope the media will start to get the hard to answer questions out to Senator Obama! If he wants to be President lets here specifically how he can justify disenfranchising millions of democratic voters without aliienating them. He claims he wants to go by the rules...........then I guess Kennedy and Kerry would then have to support Clinton.

    But rules be as they are, this is for the Democratic Party – and not just for Senator Obama! If he were as wonderful as everyone claims he is with his fairness, etc. – lets hear the explanation.

    In my view, Senator Obama and the rest of the candidates abandoned Michigan I guess to keep in good graces with the DNC. Senator Clinton led the way and left her name on the ballot in support of the voters! Perhaps one may say that she agreed and then went back on her word. Well, sometimes we all make a mistake and then go back and correct the mistake. But the bottom line is, she took affirmative action on behalf of the voters. Then – as in playing 'follow the leader' everyone left their names on in Florida.

    Senator Clinton and her programs are for EVERYONE.........unlike Senator Obamas healthcare proposal which excludes millions of Americans – not far from the millions he is intending to exclude from the nomination process!

    Now THAT is devisive!

    February 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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