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. mina

    I realy wonder American people.Obama you will have your chance to lead America people beleave them.Go Obama go!

    February 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. kathleen, illinois

    Congtatulations Again TO OBAMA 2008

    Democrats Abroad vote vote for OBAMA is great. But, wait!
    HE WON 65% of the vote and Hillary won 32% and he only
    gets 11 delegates and SHE gets 11 delegates. What the
    hell is wrong with that picture.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 2008

    February 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. aggiemom

    I live in Texas and have seen some of Obama's advertisements of tv. He is doing a great job here no negative thoughts on his side, he just tells what he will do and it is good. Not one word about the other candiate.

    I have also heard him on the radio again same nice ads.

    Way to go Obama.....Keep it clean and just tell what you will do....

    Texans for OBAMA 08

    February 21, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. JenniferWA

    yeah, focus is on OH and TX...and Obama will win those too ;)

    February 21, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Missouri

    65-30 for Obama becomes a pattern ...

    February 21, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. kathleen, illinois

    What is John Edwards waiting for? If John Keeps Waiting,
    his vote may not mean anything! And that would be a shame.

    February 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Michelle

    Kudos to the Dems for putting this voting effort together to support the American expatriate community! When I worked in the UK, I was told to fly back to the US to pick up an absentee ballot....????

    February 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. janice Alexander

    did the black lady became qualified to be Mrs. Clinton's campgain manager when Hillary started losing the black votes.?

    If Hillary was winning the blacks votes, i don't believe that she would have made the change from a white woman to a black woman.

    February 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. JERRY

    HELLO ANON...YOU SAY WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT: JOHN MCCAIN. MCCAIN IS A REPUBLICAN. I GUESS MOST HILLARY SUPPORTERS FEEL BUSH IS BETTER THAN OBAMA.

    SHAME ON THIS NATION

    February 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. G. Edwards

    If not now...? WHEN? If not him....? WHO? THE TIME IS NOW!!!!! THE WHO IS "OBAMA". America is READY to receive it's new leader.Get on board....OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Victorious!

    Congratulations from London!
    Go Obama '08!

    February 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. adel

    I consider this as another proof that Americans are calling for CHANGE. Let us give change a chance. Watch and see what the so called'on the job' training can do. Not by power, nor by might.

    February 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. MSH

    Dear Hillary, It's over. Just support Obama.

    February 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Carol

    RPF: Expatriates are American who live and work outside the United States. They are true American and deserves the right to vote.

    February 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. TJ WILLIAMS, Los Angeles, CA

    Que the "Fat Lady"...
    Where's my fork?

    OBAMA '08

    February 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Joyce, NY

    Geez, too bad my brother didn't get to vote – he would have voted for Hilary. Didn't get the chance to, along with other expats. It's not a true measure of who expats support.

    At least they've seen Hilary outside the US.

    February 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. MD

    Obama is not the new JFK. He is the new Jimmy Carter without the executive branch experience or intelligence. We all can remember the "good ol' days" of Jimmy....

    February 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Jackson

    So people who live abroad voted for Obama ... maybe he should join them.

    Hillary '08 ... all the way for the USA!

    February 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Jen-0-palooza

    To Anonymous,
    So, no one was to care about the last 5 of 10 states either. If Hillary loses Texas OR Ohio, would you just STOP with the "Who Cares, it's all about ....the next state" line? You Clintonites have been saying this since IOWA!!!!! It's getting old and quite frankly sounds silly at this point!
    The majority of our country has been voting for Obama, join us in voting for OUR FUTURE, not our past!

    February 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Brian

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

    EXACTLY the sense that I got from the Clinton campaign over the last two months. And EXACTLY why I jumped ship.

    February 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Rahim Asgard, M.D.

    The invasion of Iraq has blemished our image in the world. Some in the rest of the world still considers us racists.Electing Obama can change our image in the world.
    Obama/Al Gore2008

    February 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Tim

    What has Hillary done? Google Hillary movie and then let's talk...

    February 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Mike

    Do you need inspiration from the new president after election?

    1. Yes, so I will study harder to get good grades.
    2. Yes, so I will work harder to get a raise.
    3. No.
    4. Not sure.

    Your answer: ____

    February 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. JT

    It's about time we have a president that is view positively by the rest of the world.

    Think about it from the outside looking in—to the rest of the world, there's no doubt that we need Obama. That means a lot.

    February 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. J.K.

    Thanks to all the Americans abroad who took the time to vote.

    Obama 08!

    February 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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