February 21st, 2008
04:48 PM ET
7 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. Jody

    The only problem with democracy is that uninformed people get to vote. Eight years of Bush, with Obama on the horizon? From one inexperienced light-weight to another. Great. Thanks a lot, America!

    February 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Expatriate

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

    Of course they are: thank god one does not loose American citizenship when out of the US.

    February 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Let's hope that this 'obama cult' comes to a sceeching halt..and soon! This 'obama...mania 'has gone far enough. Don't people who allow themselves to be 'caught up' in this nonsense ...REALIZE that he has nothing to say, and nothing to give in response to what his words, 'change and hope' mean? This man is an empty suit, for sure. Plus, his dire predictions about this GREAT NATION are a bunch of HOGWASH in trying to SCARE Voters into thinking that he is the best man for the job. He's nothing. Obama doesn't even come close to being prepared or qualified for President. People, Wake Up to Reality!

    February 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. jesus

    Obama makes me want to get off the cross and punish you all, i predict that if you vote Obama, America will be cursed. Please, pretty please vote Obama. But when you do, remeber you first read it here about you will be cursed.

    February 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Spacik

    Hillary is not more electable. How can you lose 11 primaries/caucuses in a row and claim to be more electable? She's going to go against the peoples vote, try to take "pledged delegates", sway superdelegates and go negative against a member of her own party. This is no way to win a general election. The PEOPLE vote in a general election. Why should we watch you do these things and vote for you in the fall?? Why damage the party & try to damage Obama for your own gain when it would just cause you to lose anyway? If you love America, step down. PLEASE!

    February 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Lee

    RPF, Democrats Abroad is the organization for registered democrats who are United States citizens and living temporarily or permanently abroad. The Democratic National Committee allocates to them delegates in the selection of the Democratic candidate. That's all this is about.

    February 21, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. John from PA

    Looks like McCain will probably lose in a smut smearing battle; nobody will ever forgive him for the Savings and Loan scandal. Where we lost billions of hard working pension and retirement benefits, which all happened on his watch and nobody went to jail. This was the first Enron.

    February 21, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. roberto

    Barack Obama is a champion for people and their civil rights–the few that remain. His demeanor is genuine. He is not part of the problem, but part of the solution. That is why he connects with voters wherever they live.

    February 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. B, USA

    PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS DOUBLE STANDARD !!! IF THE ROLE WERE REVERSED, AND ANOTHER CANDIDATE HAD LOST 10 CONTESTS IN A ROW, I BELIEVE THAT THERE WILL BE CALLS FOR THE LOSER TO WTHDRAW FROM THE RACE AND SUPPORT THE FRONT RUNNER, AND THE FOREMOST EXCUSE WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR THE UNITY OF THE PARTY & THE GENERAL ELECTION. HOW COME WE HAVEN'T HEARD CALLS FOR THIS LOSER TO WITHDRAW, OR IS THEIR LAST NAME HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT ?

    February 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Sofia

    I was very upset when I heard people call Obama an empty suit but what I realized... this people were talking about Hillary... NOW I get it.
    I travel abroad and I know what it means to have someone like Obama as president, now that is a powerful message for all of us and those around the world. "YES, WE CAN" "SI SE PUEDE" I believe in CHANGE.

    February 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. edem

    ok looks like great news to me.i don't know about some of you.
    but there is something that really bothers me and i wish someone can respond to me .
    at their last debate,Hillary say that it has been a wonderful race so far.obama and her also agree on lot of things to do to changes the US and she says i quote
    i believe both of them say that they were different on certain issues but it was not much of a difference.
    so WHY IS HILLARY ATTACKING OBAMA SO MUCH? AND WHY IS IT AFTER SHE LOST HER LEAD?I THINK IF SHE REALLY WANTED THIS COUNTRY TO MOVE FOWARD AND CHANGE she shouldn't be creticizing obama this much like m'cain is doing it too.
    she should defend her program of course.she just need to prove why her program is the best one and then if people still prefer obama,and if he wins the nomination then she should support obama agains't m'cain or vice versa.
    am not saying obama is the best but am not saying hillary is not the best but i know m'cain is the worst and am saying it loud .c'mon democrats, be wise and smart.you don't need experience for that

    February 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Jake, California

    "Who cares. The focus is on Ohio and Texas.

    Hillary 08"

    Just look at this comment from a Clinton supporter --who cares about Americans living in all these developed countries...Only Texas and Ohio matter.

    How can you guys be so out of touch with reality...is this why you support Hillary? Every thing America and even none-American matters in this election season and the next presidency to come.

    This is why we are not calling any state insignificant no matter it's size and political contribution...its not about a president of choice, it is not entirely or only about whether we want a black president or a female president. WE WANT HEAL AMERICA BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD.

    The fact that all the ex pats living abroad have overwhelmingly chosen Obama speaks volumes......and you should recognize that.

    February 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. JW in Houston

    Anon I am not sure where you get your logic form. Viewing your comment I can say you are actually speaking about both Hillary and Obama.

    Hillary does not have loads of experience. She was a politicians wife that was it. On top of that Bill only had Attorney General experience and Governor experience before he became president. That is it. Nothing more.

    I would love for someone to explain all this experience comes from for Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. liberal

    American's WAKE-UP do not let emotions to lead you,but your brain.
    Country needs strong and more experienced person to lead the Country. Obama is NOT ready yet ,may be in future.
    Experience matter a lots , what to say time will tell, some day when things go wrong way blame no one but your selves for voting him.
    Even being Democrat will vote rather McCain than Obama he scares me with his empty revolucionary speeches.

    February 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Sandra L

    Yay..!
    This proves that Obama will change the view other countries have of us.

    im glad that people all over the world are voting for obama... goes to show that you dont have to be in one of his speeches in order to get his messg.
    Go Obama 2008...

    February 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. GH

    As an American living in Canada, I'm proud to say that I too voted for Barack Obama. Canadians for the most part don't dislike Americans, but they loathe their tyrantical, bully pulpit type Government. They see Barack Obama supporters as true Americans that really want change, and are willing to unite as one to make that happen. America WILL be better off on the International scene with a person like Obama leading our Country down a path of good for all, not just good for elitists that run the Country now.
    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Mary-Lawrence, KS

    I've heard sooo many people say "he is inspiring"; he inspires me..... what does he inspire you to do, LISTEN? Once this thing is over with, I sure hope those of you that are so amazingly inspired will get up OFF YOUR BUTTS and so something besides vote about change. I realize that no matter what Obama fans are factually told, you are riding a high right now and don't want to come down from it. But, when the drug isn't in the media every minute of every day and he is faced with the real task of making people change and not just talking about, what DO EACH ONE OF YOU INTEND TO DO to make that change happen.

    Honestly, the word is so over used and over played. I'd really like an answer to what he has inspired of each of you to make you feel so high.... maybe if the drug is that good, we should get the pharmacies to sell it.

    February 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Ramirez (Texas)

    Obama movement is every where. .Winning abroad is just another sign of what people like and want.

    O God !!!! help Obama to win the democrat nomination and the US presidency.

    February 21, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Kelley

    TO: harriet hollander
    Why would it be so terrible to overturn our everyday way of life in every state or city? I, for one, would gladly say good-bye to this weakening economy, and the millions lost to foreclosures and folks being out of work. Wouldn't you??

    February 21, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Angie

    Hey Obama supporters if you saw his biography on CNN you know this man was born to be President. His story is just as interesting as any of the candidates running for office.

    February 21, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Mohammad, LA CA

    11 wins in a row and Clinton still won't give up. Hopefully after Texas this long and grueling nomination process will come to an end..with Obama as our nominee!

    February 21, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. windrider

    RPF, go get your dictionary (if you even have one) and look up the definition of "expatriate". These are AMERICAN CITIZENS living abroad and yes, they have the right to vote in American elections.

    and Barack Oprah, the world has already SEEN America's worst president: George W. Bush. ANYONE we elect in 2008 will be an improvement.

    February 21, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. N Knoblock

    I am 81 yrs old...I say, GO OBAMA
    Time for the egotistical Clinton's to retire.

    February 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Matt

    If Clinton had won, CNN would be calling this a "beauty contest" because neither candidate actually campaigned so why should it matter.

    February 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Sherrie F.

    We have a severe shortage of Civil Rights Attorney's in this country (those who fight for our Constitutional rights!). Barack Obama chose to become a Civil Rights Attorney... that alone should speak volumes to all people. Anyone who chooses to fight for our rights in this country on his own time, NEEDS to be this country's leader period. Barack Obama knows our rights better than most of us know them for ourselves. I'll take Civil Rights experience above all else anyday!

    When Larry King says he has never seen a man or woman of any color like Barack Obama in his lifetime... this too speaks volumes. I mean, that guy has been around!

    February 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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