February 21st, 2008
04:48 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama wins Democrats Abroad contest

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/21/art.demsabroad.gi.jpg caption="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. VT DEM

    So what! It was the same thing for Al Gore, and there is no President in the front of his name.

    February 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Honestlady

    @ RPF who said "So expatriates, people who live in other countries are allowed to vote for the American President?"

    These are 'US Citizens' who live in other countries who want to vote for the American President. Many are stationed and/or deployed to these countries so don't you think they should have a say so as well?

    February 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. VT DEM

    The thing is, they are swept up by emotion. The people living overseas don't have worry about baseless talk and unreachable promises. The Americans that choose to live in America do.

    February 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. James

    Clinton should just concede and drop out while she's ahead. People have obviously made up their minds and are excited to support Obama. All her continued presence is doing is draining time and resources that would be better spent preparing for the general election.

    February 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. JF

    At this point, Hillary's campaign looks like a steaming pile of "fail".

    February 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Fidelis

    Respected Americans both internal and external have spoken. The will of the people must be respected. You have tried it with an aggressive President, did it work? Do you want to try it with a handicap person this time? If I were you I would not risk it. The collective will of the people Can.

    February 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. DB in MD

    I've never been as proud in America as I am now and I've been proud on the many great things this country has overcome and accomplished, but the fact the we as a multi-ethnic people can elect an African American into the presidency is awesome. This shows us and the world that the 390 years of dirty racial problems that are woven into american way of life can perhaps be cleansed from the american psyche. This is extraordinary. Old cultural traditions like racism die hard and takes generations to die out, but we can proudly say that we are close to the end of a hideous history concerning race.. We all, Whites, Blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans might just maybe able to live in a truly free and united America. Aren't we tired of in-fighting I know I am.

    Hoorah for OBAMA!

    February 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. washington, dc

    THanks to all the Obama supporters abroad!

    February 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Anonymouse

    Obama supporters who are calling for concession on the part of HRC:

    This race is still close, HRC won't give up with only a ~70 delegate deficit at this stage.... if it is still 70 delegate deficit much closer to the convention, and BHO is still leading in momentum, then maybe it should be considered.

    Bottom line – there is no reason to leave now, or throw support behind a partisan, left leaning politician who has no record of accomplishment, but gives a dandy inspiring speech. My priest can also give a very inspriing speech, he is not qualified to be president either....

    jp had it right, we need more scrutiny on BHO, not the love fest and coronation that has gone on in the media since Iowa.

    Good luck America – remember we need a moderate to really get things done and work witrh everyone = HRC, not a partisan left pol = BHO

    February 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. cordieb

    Obama will bring on a fresh, new perspective to the presendency. Obama 08!

    February 21, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Undercover Republican, TX

    Yeah for Obama

    (Undercover Republican)

    February 21, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Christian, Tampa FL

    Wow, that's awesome. I'm not really surprised, because Obama himself lived for four years overseas, and as someone who lived for ten years overseas, I can tell you that many of us develop similar worldviews in keeping with what Obama has been advocating in foreign policy and in some of his specific policy proposals.

    So that makes 11 in a row.

    February 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. James

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

    Uh, no, more like American citizens who are living and serving abroad.

    February 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. In USA

    How many electoral votes does UK have? How many does France have? How many does Cuba have?

    February 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. colorblind

    33% victory... he's kickin her butt all over the globe now

    February 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Leonard

    Obama's win overseas is predictable. Only if you ever stay overseas, you will realize how much his humble foreign policy will make us safer and make the whole world more peaceful.

    For decades our offensive way of fighting terrorists has been the major problem to the world peace!

    February 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Elanor

    Someone needs to pull Obama aside and tell him that he needs to step down and endorse Hillary. His wife has never been proud of America until now. Wonder why? If you have never been proud of America then you have never been proud of Americans. If you are not proud of Americans then you sure don't need to be First Lady. After all, it isn't all about her. It is about American people.

    February 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. LindaT

    It is time for Hillary to take a good look at herself and see that SHE DOES NOT have a command in Chief abilities.

    February 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Think - FL

    "February 21st, 2008 11:30 am ET

    Who cares. The focus is on Ohio and Texas.

    Hillary 08!"

    Hillary? Is that you? I think what you meant to say was, "Who cares? The focus is on Hillary and Bill Clinton."

    February 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Kodiak

    jp/michigan; Nice use of Karl Rove's talking points there pal. I read that article too, and I doubt that those arguements will hold water in the general election. I'm pretty sure that you are supposed to use "quotation marks" when you directly quote other people.

    I believe that Obama is the best candidate because he seems to be the only one with a consistantly possitive message. Pack it up Hillary, and better luck next time

    February 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Southerner

    John McCain is Bush 2.0, so if you prefer America to be hated all over the World and wish to continue to see this country sliding into economic depression while the President claims it's not happening, please, by all means, vote for McCain- who would be the OLDEST president in recorded history...

    That's exactly what this country needs, another 'good ole boy'... -sarcasm-

    February 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Elated in NC

    I am smiling at this article. Smiling at all the Hillary supporters on their knees...haha

    February 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Philip J. Smith

    Yes! I know an American in Amsterdam who worked hard for this victory - Americans Abroad have a very good grasp of the pulse of world opinion, and clearly made the right decision. I hope Ms. Clinton will now (or soon) graciously concede and return to a distinguished career in the U.S. Senate (remember Ted Kennedy in 1980?


    February 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. chas p. bennett

    I wonder when the 'hands off' scrutiny of Obama will end. Any challenge to his ideas, credentials, background is met by a charge of 'racism' and the media plays it up. Why? I suppose the media is playing the endless journalistic game of 'build them up, then take them down.' Hillary was doing fine until Bill was silenced. The Clintons took the bait. They are not doing what needs to be done. They have been side tracked from winning the election to appeasement of false charges of racism. Ugh.
    One final thought. Why is it the media did not play up the words of Michele Obama who fired the opening volley with the words 'Every black woman in America should vote for Obama. (she may have said my husband) Now if this is pure racism I don't know what is. But the real question is...why did the media hide from it????

    February 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Susanna Punzo

    Although I like Mr. Obama, I would like him better as a Vice President. Let him run for president when he has time and experience under hisbelt. Why are more people supporting "change" which has not been proven, rather than experience? Do they not remember how good the Clinton years were??? I am an American living in Canada and I can tell you that if Obama wins the democratic nomination, I will change sides and go with McCain because he has experience and I feel safer with his knowledge of homeland security.

    February 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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