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. maggie

    America needs to take back its government. We need a leader to inspire us to get involved. We need someone who is not calling half the country evil. We need someone with a positive message and who can get us working together to meet the challenges that we face. WE need a young energetic leader. WE have had a government of experienced people and tell me how they have performed? We need to get fresh ideas, and not all like thinking people. We need someone to save us from the moral police and right leaning zealots that have overtaken the Republican party. WE need someone supported by the people and not the corporate lobbyists in Washington. WE need to show we are a country that doesn't fall pray to the stupid emails that circulate the internet with false stories. WE need Barack Obama!

    February 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Dave

    I am soon to be an expatriate! You people can't be serious about Obama! You would think he was a god! You morons... he is just another politician! An idea of Oprah after she saw the response to his 2004 speech at the Democratic Convention. His track record is not very impressive. Look who is putting him over the top, Sexist White Males and African Americans who only see color. Stop being sheep and think for yourselves! Stop letting the media sell you. He has far more money to spend than Hillary... so if you were CNN or any other news outlet depending on advertising dollars, who would you want to win... Please support someone who knows what they are doing and don't pay attention to the hype!

    February 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Kyle

    anon: "We need someone who is independent and can get things done: John McCain!"

    Someone who can get things done, like bomb Iran and stay in Iraq for 100 years? No thanks

    February 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. marge

    I'm surprised at the number of Democrats that have stated they will vote Repbublican or not vote at all if their candidate does not win the nomination.
    Are we so childish that because we don'tt get our way we would subject ourselves to 4 more years of Bush-like presidency?
    It is ok to stay in Iraq for 100 more years? Do you think you're better of now than you were 7 years ago?
    I think everybody needs to take a deep breath,and understand only one candidate can win the nomination.
    Non participation or jumping to the other side hurts the party. We all should be better than that!
    What democrat wants 4 more years of George Bush?

    February 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. ron from Boston

    if Obama won the pledged delegate and the superdelegate vote for Clinton to win, can he change sides become independent, I think he have a great chance to win. if she win McCain will get my vote!

    February 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. JERRY

    JOHN IN TEXAX; BLESS YOU. SO WELL SAID AND ALL SO TRUE.

    DEMOCRATS 08!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. lisa

    and I am lucky to have universial health care-I can go to the doctor anytime I want and not have to pay a dime-I yrly mano, and blood work and any test needed without the worring of have to come up with the money to pay for it-Hillary knows what she is talking about-trust from someone that has this luxary!!!

    Thank god I'm Canadian-Hillary, come run our country!

    February 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. ac

    Hillary may have missed her time to run. The ppl clamored for her to run for the 04 election. She turned it down. Now, it is becoming more and more evident that the Am. ppl wish to turn the page.

    February 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Ommi

    Obama at home and aboard, now that’s a presidential candidate that we should all be proud to have. It is time the Democratic Party lead by Chairman Howard Dean starts putting pressure on the Clintons to step aside the people have spoken. How many more primaries do we have to have to show that this man is a winner?

    February 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Lady

    I'm happy to hear it.

    February 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Sandra

    I was wondering when our votes would be counted. I voted in Holland on the 5th for Obama.
    It feels good to know that I contributed, even from this side of the pond

    Let's go change the world!

    February 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Linda--Austin, Texas

    Have any of the analysts starting speculating yet about the impact that an Obama sweep could have on the fortunes of other simiultaneous political races in Congress, or on governors' races? How long would his political coat-tails be if he not only becomes the Dem candidate but also wins the election? Food for thought...

    February 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. John in Columbus, OH

    Friends of mine from Spain, Venezuela, Columbia, Italy, UK, and India have all eagerly asked me if I've voted (for Obama of course).

    Obama has world opinion in his favor. That's one hell of a thing to have....On Day One.

    February 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Cleveland, Ohio

    I find it funny that Hillary Supporters are now going Anonymous

    Frank

    February 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Pete

    Hey every one out their..........Is everybody tired of watching Hillary nod her head up and down every time she speeks?
    I heard today, that China is making her a bobbing head doll painted with lead paint with a note that says.......Thanks for the Free Trade Agreements.

    February 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. CPrescott

    An Obama supporter in this thread claims 85% of Hillary's supporters will support Obama. In fact, polls are showing as many as 40% of Hillary's supporters will NOT back Obama. This represents a core base of Democrats which the party requires in order to win a general election. The man has proven very capable only of exploiting a national mood and engaging in relentless advertising. His 'ideas' heave been late in coming and are generally culled from his opponents, past and present. I predict the jubilation of the Obama followers will be very short-lived when the fickle press falls out of love, as they always do.

    February 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Susan

    I think Obama will do a great job and who wants Bill again in the white house?

    February 21, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. OurTimeIsNow!

    Hey Not Again,

    If this is the plan to beat Obama,

    "The Republicans are going to chew Barak Hussein Obama of Hawaii and Kenya to pieces. We're going to run this guy against a salt-of-the-earth real American hero? I can't wait for the next version of Lloyd Bentsen vs Dan Quayle moments during the McCain/Obama debates. Obama, you're no Martin Luther Kennedy!"

    Than there is no reason for McCain to run against Obama. Obama is above beating his opponent negatively. This is why we believe that he is for change that unites the country not divide it.

    Obama 08'.

    February 21, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Linda--Austin, Texas

    [Here's my edited version corrected for spelling]:

    Have any of the analysts started speculating yet about the impact that an Obama sweep could have on the fortunes of other simultaneous political races in Congress, or on governors' races? How long would his political coat-tails be if he not only becomes the Dem candidate but also wins the election? Food for thought…

    February 21, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. JM

    Robert Kennedy, Jr. supports Hillary Clinton! While others compare Obama to JFK, JFK's son likens Hillary to his own father!

    HILLARY '08!!

    February 21, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. lets be fair

    Obamamania, Good or Bad. Well I think your interest in the race is good. I just hope you have taken the time to research this candidate you are voting for. What has he done. What specifically is he going to do and How is he going to do it. I have heard him promise everything under the sun to you all. Where is the money to do these things. I dont see much substance in him. From what I have seen he is just a good talker, and this is a candidate for president not a rock star. Why would people faint when they hear him or cry. Better look closer at this man. Remember we are electing a President not a Rock Star.

    February 21, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Guess what

    I am still not voitng for him!!

    February 21, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Lisa Hoang

    I think this is time for Hillary step down to save time and energy for Obama to fight for the general election in Nov over Mac Canne. If people vote for Hillary because her husband ,former president Clintan, they totally wrong. I don't think she listen to her husband if she become president of United State after all he did for her during the time of his second term with all ugly scandal. Hillary want to be president to feel good for herself and to prove to Bill that she can make it just like him and to revence him .

    February 21, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Frantz

    Im tired of these right wing nuts saying "Macain and the republican attack machine will chew Barack up and spit him out" We will not be intimidated by all your politics of the past!

    February 21, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. CDM

    hey anonymous, you will need more than "focus on Texas and Ohio.

    February 21, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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