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. Uh-Huh

    I would disagree with one poster:
    Just becuase a few voted for Obama does not indicate that the whole of the country would want him.
    I am living in a country right now that would rather see McCain or Clinton in the title role.
    Two reasons not for Obama:
    - No International high level experience
    - Don't like his politics..(Ted Kennedy endorsement didn't improve things)

    February 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. David

    For those questioning why expats have a say in the election: Just because you live outside the country doesn't mean you are free of our laws. For example, if you live and work in a foreign country (and continue to hold your US Citizenship), you still have to file an American Federal income tax return, every year, even if you don't make one single US dollar. If you're paying taxes, then you should have a voice in the government. Your politicians are also responsible for foreign policy. How could that *not* affect Americans who live abroad?

    If you want to say that expats don't have a say in what's going on, then neither should our soldiers stationed overseas... they aren't living here either.

    February 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. amy

    WAKE UP, PEOPLE

    a lot going on on earth, you need some leadership for this super power ...

    February 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Joseph King

    This just again shows how stupid Amarica is becoming. To want a guy with only three years in the senate and no real experiance compared to the other candidate is lunacy.

    I do not want an Obama-Nation!

    February 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. MIr

    this means that as the Left increase their clout in european countries, Democrats abroad internalize those anti-American messages and believe our image needs repairing, thus voting for the most liberal senator of 2007–the one whose accomplishments can't even be named by his own supporters–for president. That's all this means. If Obama wants change, it's easy to infer that he thinks there's something fundamentally wrong with our country, when in fact, it's a fundamentally extraordinary country where, to paraphrase, we have spurts of mistakes (e.g. Bush). If Obama's the dem nominee, I'll vote McCain who at least is a moderate Republican with LOTS of foreign experience/service.

    February 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. samuel

    Its allways a bright future to see a new young,educated,with a good hope for our next generation & our nation as well.God bless America.God bless Obama.

    February 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Lynnea

    Anonymous wrote:

    "Who cares. The focus is on Ohio and Texas. Hillary 08!"

    And it is this "who cares?" strategy that has all but doomed the Clinton campaign.

    February 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. J

    I don't trust Obama and I think ever will. He speeches are great and very uniting BUT He wasn't able to vote on whether he supportered the IRAQ war or not. He voted for the patriot act. People need to start looking at action as opposed to speeches. Hillary is no good either. It seems to me that the people that are worth going for arent mentioned by cnn and other media censorship. Watch "Freedom to Fascism" on google...

    February 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. New Yorker for Hillary

    It is just so easy for all of you "liberals" to continuously throw the Clintons under the bus. The Democrat party would not be what it is today without the Clintons.

    Obama is NOT the second coming of Christ that you all think he is!

    February 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Ryan

    In response to Anon...Have you done your own research as to how "very little" Obama has accomplished in the Senate, or are you just relying on what people tell you? Believe it, or not, the Clintons have a problem with the truth from time to time (gasp!). I urge you, and anyone else buying into the lies about Obama, to go the the Library of Congress website and research his record for yourself. You'll find that he has many legislative accomplishments.

    If you don't like his liberal positions, that's fine...Americans are allowed to disagree and vote accordingly. I only ask that you stop feeding into the lie about his lack of accomplishments.

    And by the way...John McCain is far from "independent"...Even remaining loyal to President Bush after Bush slandered him in South Carolina in 2000. Even though I won't vote for him (because I disagree with him on Iraq, Health Care, Education, etc.), I respect McCain. I don't need to promulgate lies about him to make myself feel better.

    February 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. A HARD LEFT!!!!!

    SPEAKING AS AN EXPAT WHO NOW LIVES IN THE NETHERLANDS EVRY ONE THAT I'VE TALKED TO PRETTY MUCH AGREES THAT BARACK IS THE BEST CANADATE FOR CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING RESHAPE AMERICA'S IMAGE AND I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO TALK TO PEOPLE FROM AUSTRALLIA,PERU,ITALY,SPAIN,CHINA,TAIWAIN,ENGLAND,AFRICA AND IRELAND. THESE ARE NOT AMERICANS BUT THEY ALL SEEM TO BE WATCHING THIS ELECTION WITH FEVERED ANTICIPATION AND HOPE THAT THE YOUNG SENATOR WINS THIS ELECTION. P.S ANYONE OF THE SO CALLED DEMOCRATS WHO KEEP SAYING THAT THEY'LL VOTE FOR BUSH/MCCAIN IF OBAMA GETS THE NOMINATION, THEN I'LL KINDLY ASK YOU TO LEAVE NOW BECAUSE THIS PARTY DOES NOT NEED THAT KIND OF NEGATIVITY CAST UPON ITSELF.

    February 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Patrick

    WHat kind of media bias is this? Since when was this a Primary?! lol

    TEXAS AND OHIO HERE WE COME!!

    CLINTON 08!

    February 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Leo4Obama

    Obama is the man! If Hillary has any dignity left, she would drop out and support him. Let's see Bill throw his support behind Obama. Obama is the man. If you cant win primaries, you wont be able to stand up to McCain in the Generals. Go Obama!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Carole

    Florida and Michigan, how do you feel about your vote not counting now. Guess you have to live abroad to make your vote count.

    February 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Mike

    Vegas is giving even odds on when clinton will cry again.

    February 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. IBRAHIM

    God bless america and God bless obama ,

    February 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    I find it interesting that the people who accuse (wrongly) Obama supporters of not being able to cite any of his accomplishments or say that he doesn't have a plan have obviously not even bother to check out his campaign website.

    Who's in who's cult?

    GObama!

    February 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Connie in Canada

    What I DO NOT want to see on tonight's debate is Clinton using her "words are not enough" argument because as far as I am concerned, all 4 candidates are using just words, any action will be seen AFTER the president is "chosen". Right now what the people are basing their judgment on is the nominee that they believe will most likely uphold their promise after they win. From my observation here in Canada it seems that Obama is doing a pretty good job upholding his promise since he is the only one abiding to his early principles by running a very strong and positive campaign. Any attack he has had on Clinton has been based on her issues, he has not even attacked her on her conniving tactics which he can so easily do seeing how she has been so negative in all her losses. So my fellow neighbors, when choosing your nominee, try to use logic and make your choice based on the nominee who you believe will most likely follow through on their promises. Because at the end of the day, everything being said by each nominee are "just words". Action can only be judged after we have a winner. And that is my two cents

    February 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Shane

    To anonymous:

    Who cares? The focus is on Ohio and Texas??

    Sounds like a typical Hillary supporter: forget about the people that "don't matter" and focus only on the "big states". Appauling!

    OBAMA 08!

    February 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. ABOMA

    THIS WIN FOR OBAMA IS A SING OF WINING THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAT, GOD BLESS OBAMA. ONE LOVE FROM ABOMA IN AFRICA.

    February 21, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Karen

    Ooh goody the Obama supporters are here... he will unite the world behind America.... he is the bridge to the future...

    I laugh so hard when I read this stuff my face hurts !!!

    come in to the light... come in to the light.....

    McCain '08

    February 21, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. carmen

    I voted for Sen.Obama in the Netherlands and if he won by 67% I suppose he must have a larger number of pledged delegates, doesn't he?

    February 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Robert Brower

    If the positions were reversed, Obama would have been forced to give up the fight for the nomination but because it is the Clinton's she goes on and on and on. If she were to miraculously win the nomination, the cloud behind that would be so dark that the nation would be in literal shock and we would have an election between two people that are so tainted that I would not even both to vote.

    February 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Catherine Cogmon

    Everybody talks about Hillary being more qualified, well we would have known anything really about her if she was not Bill Clinton's wife; she would have just been another senator and when did speaking eloquently become something to criticize a person for. GO OBAMA!!!

    February 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Warren

    Yes, We Can! – Si, Se Puede! Obama'08

    February 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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