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. Calister

    You know sometimes there really isn't any skeletons in the closet! Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Kathy in California

    Is it me, or does it seem as if the "press" has now put their own "backing" of a candidate? It sure seems that they have their won agenda as to where it all goes. They are calling winners before polls close, every 30 minutes there is another story about what else has been won, when in fact nothing has been won yet.

    February 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. barbara

    I love to watch OBAMA speak , as he says the truth and the truth will set us all free, to be a united country again as a Country divided will not stand! OBAMA inspires all the people that are looking for Justice for all and HOPE for the Poor in our Country, no matter the color of your skin, it is time for a Goverment that
    is clean and not full of corruption as we have now! When I listen to OBAMA and His Wife speak, I am full of HOPE and beleive
    He will get this Country back on track. CLINTON speaks, I see
    a Heart of stone and not being led by any one but herself, she
    is not for the people,,,,,,,,,,,she is for herself, She even said, She
    did not think every STATE was important, PEOPLE are IMPORTANT, PEOPLE is what makes our Country so great, we
    have to get united!
    Thank You for listening.

    February 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. truth be told

    it's really sad when i see in these blogs people's comments that have no substance or blindly following their candidates' negative, untruthful ads. a very good example is anon's comments above. obviously, this person do not research for himself the truth about BHO's records, which are open to the public.

    Sen. Obama has accomplished much more in both his pro bono work on behalf of the people in illinois and in the senate. He either sponsored or co-authored 820 bills in the senate in a matter of two years. he has experience with helping to solve people's problems in his state. he has worked (and continue to work) across the aisle in the senate, it doesn't matter whether you're a republican, a democrat or an independent, better yet, whether you're white, black, asian, or native american, as long as everyone can work together towards a common goal. this is leadership.

    Senator McCain is not independent in every sense of the word. Never has been. He was my hero in the 70s when he was a "guest" in Hanoi Hilton and he still is my hero today. However, i have to set that sentiment aside and think of what's good for our country.

    my having said all of the above, i'd suggest that you educate yourself with facts first before you spew off untruths.

    February 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. paul in pittsburgh

    P.S. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA, BUT I HAVE BEEN PROUD OF MY COUNTRY MY ENTIRE LIFE; AS A CHILD, A TEEN, A SOLDIER, AN ADULT. WHY ISN'T THE MEDIA JUMPING ON THAT COMMENT?! THIS WHOLE THING IS A FARCE. THE MEDIA HAS GIVEN THIS MAN A FREE RIDE. WAIT UNTIL THE REPUBLICANS GET TO HIM.

    February 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Hayes

    , THIS IS THE WAY I SEE THINGS PLAYED AND PLAYING OUT . Hillary's dream is turning into a nightmare every time she tries to USE
    people one her husband , a long time ago before they were married
    he was part of her master political plan. Also a great person and President. Then thing happened ,
    but now her plan
    Got back on so-called track thing are happening again , NOW two it’s the Mexican, Spanish, she claim
    To want to help , Just to get their votes CHECKMATE.

    February 21, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Doug

    I am absolutely shocked..? you mean we have (expatriates) living outside of the country and can vote...? Russia, Ukraine..? I do not understand, can someone fill me in as why these Americans are living in 33 countries...? I know if you are transplanted for business reasons (1-1 1/2 year) but am I to understand that these folks have just left the USA for another country..? don't mean to sound ignorant, but just don't have the facts....and how many of these people do we have in these 33 countries..? Thanks

    February 21, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Steve

    The way each candidate has run their campaigns is probably a reasonably good view into how they would run their administrations. Clinton was arrogantly sure that she would breeze to the Democratic Party nomination as the annointed one. Hillary's entire early campaign focused on the Republicans, because she was so sure she was her party's choice. Even when Obama started looking like he might challenge her in the elections, her organization was slow to respond to the new threat. By not recognizing the rapid changes in the political environment, and responding to them with effective counter-maneuvers, Hillary finds herself in a position for which she can only blame herself and her own organization. She didn't listen. She didn't pay attention to the variables and the changes happening around her. Finally, after getting beaten badly in a series of primaries, she changed her campaign manager. Too little, too late. It makes me wonder how effective HIllary would be on the world stage, and in her conflicts with the Republicans.

    The world is, these days, a mercurially changing, and constantly politically-realigning place. So are American politics. The Republicans have shown themselves to be masters at out-maneuvering their opponents, and generally staying one step ahead of those who would do them harm. The same goes for leadership around the world. If Hillary cannot fend off the campaign maneuvering of a young upstart who she has said herself "doesn't have enough experience to be effective" how can we expect her to be an effective president? For those who say, in the context of Texas, that Obama is, "All hat and no cattle" I would submit that Hillary has had the ranch bought out from under her before she even knew the thing was up for grabs. Whether or not you think Obama is the one who should be our next president, consider carefully what Hillary hasn't been able to accomplish, even before she's warming the seat in the Oval Office.

    February 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Beverly, Houston

    To: Hillary 08:

    And what exactly does your DA comment mean?

    February 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. GO HILARY

    with OBama, good luck america!. America will be an other Banana republic..........

    February 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. KMIZER

    That's right Laura finally someone talking about something that makes sense, instead CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE, its old get a new slogan. Also what is he going to do or what has he done thats right NOTHING!

    February 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Laura

    Also, Obama's got the media campaigning for him EVERYWHERE– he is the media Prince. It has nothing to do with people voting for whose more experienced it has to do with what add they liked the best - he is advertised EVERYWHERE!

    Hilliary '08 -
    We're with you girl!

    February 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Dems Divided

    oh well that's it then. Four more years of inept leadership and the USA slipping into an economic quagmire.

    But hey! at least the Europeans will like us again!! :D

    February 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Alex from NYC

    Anon George W Bush was as experianced as they come, and look what you Republicans did to the US. Experiance is NOT the most important thing. Thats what advisors are for.

    February 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. d4obama

    This does say a lot about the fact that Obama has an amazing way of touching people everywhere. Hillary: PLEASE DON'T DRAG THIS OUT. IT'S OVER!

    Someone needs to guide her out of denial. Someone needs to explain to her that she and Bill have started to chip away at his legacy. He actually wasn't a bad president. But no one wants him (or her) back. And they have shown their true, self-serving, manipulative, stale colors in this campaign. The voters started by whispering. Then speaking. Then yelling. And now just plain screaming, "WE WANT CHANGE!!!!!!" We are tired of the same old stuff. We want REAL change. The kind that serves everyone. Hillary isn't a bad person. But she is not right at this time in America. Although she would be a step or two up from George W., we need miles up from him. WE NEED AN OVER HAUL AND BARACK OBAMA WILL DELIVER JUST THAT!

    February 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Beverly, Houston

    To: Laura

    Best what, may I ask? Best liar, best cheater, best Control Freak, best Power Hungry person next to her husband.

    These people are so funny and full of themselves!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. J 5

    Just so you know, i tried to attach an article that shows the two senators' records over their last year in the senate. Apparently cnn doesn't like real news, just stuff about affairs, butcher murders, campus murders, and comparing politics to boxing.

    February 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Obama - check the reality

    Mr. Obama check out the reality!! Be pracitila! changing every city, state!!! ha ha ha
    First change yourself!!!!

    February 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. American in Germany

    Although I didn't vote through Democrats Abroad (I voted by absentee), I am very proud to see that Obama won the international vote. I am stationed in South Germany and I can see personally the negative effect that U.S. politics have in this world and how they affect the perceptions of non-Americans who seem to dislike me personally because of our wonderful president. I cannot wait for our country to become united so by the time I return in 2011, I can be eager to see policies changed and the TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN once and for all.

    February 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. James Morrison, Alexandria VA

    Hey CNN, why no stories on the federal civil rights lawsuit filed recently in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against Obama? The case is entitled Sinclair v. Obama (Case No. 0:08-cv-00360-JMR-RLE). I understand that the case relates to Obama's continued pattern of cocaine use, including during his tenure in the Illinois legislature. If the McCain story is fair game, why is this story not being pursued?

    February 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Beverly, Houston

    To: David at 3:39 P.M.

    If all the garbage you just spit out is true of Obama, it pales in comparison to what the Clintons have done and are still doing.

    GO OBAMA 08 and 12..

    February 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. James , in ,Oregon

    This thing is about over. The people are done with the Clinton brand of politics.

    February 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Kenneth

    To Anon/Anonymous: Tell Hillary that pulling a Guliani will not work period!! and John McCain should clear his name first before the general election... I predict a situation where he will drop out... NY Times knows more than they are revealing. Hard to believe, WATCH!

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. abdulkadir mohamed

    Hello Obama,

    Go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go
    You can do and you are doing wonderful job, you will be president of United State O America.

    Truly,

    February 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. J 5

    why won't you let me link that article...someone above says Hillary has a better resume, and that article is actual info to base that judgement on.

    February 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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