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. John ex-pat Brit

    When Barack Obama becomes President ( I have faith in the American People to choose the right person for the right time) America will have much worldly good will on side. The whole world is Looking to Barack to change the direction of American foriegn policy domestic policy is a matter for the American people through their representatives to decide. I for one am looking to Hillary's sense of responsibility should she loose any of the next round states to make a graceful withdrawal, If she remains competative then Hillary should continue with good graces, however the behind the curtains double dealing by her campaign is putting the responsibility and good graces in doubt. I dread to think what will happen if McCain gets the top job this one WAR issue politician who knows very little about economics could be the final nail in the coffin of the US economy and world stability his pronouncement on the worlds conflict area's gives great cause for concern, at least one thing is clear the countries who have Nuclear weapons and delivery systems can rest a little easier than those who do not.

    February 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Will, Nyc

    you do realize to call him the candidate of KENYA is an attempt at fearmongering and race-baiting. He was born in the United States. McCain's ancestors come from Ireland. I don't hear you calling him the candidate of New Mexico and Ireland. What's the difference? Oh yeah, there is none, they are both american citizens born on american soil.

    February 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. lgbrey

    Given Obama's failure to even show up to vote on the Iranian resolution; and given his vote "Present" numerous times in the Illinois legislature, why should I not conclude that Sen. Obama lacks the political courage to be President? ( Especially if running against John McCain who has an abundance of both physical and political courage.)

    February 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Charles

    Anon, please read U.S History book soonest for other unexperienced politicians that were elected US president. Senator Obama obviously is loved by Americans serving abroad. First Lady, now Senator Clinton doesn't have a constituent accomplishment list that is of note either. Senator Obama has not turned a $10,000 personal investment magically into $100,000 nor has he a Keating scandal in his past that cost US taxpayers 3. 4 Billion dollars. TIME FOR A CHANGE-OBAMA 08!

    February 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. julie

    Obama acts and sounds like a dictator not a president. And I for one would not like to CHANGE AMERICA,to the point we no longer know what country we are living in!

    February 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. George T

    Oh John, get off your fat butt and realize that you John are the lazy one. My how you have a temper–take a cue from Barack and learn to smile and move on.

    Lay off those enchiladas in TX John.

    Mccain '08

    February 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. J. Warren

    Senator Obama is just as qualified as Hillary Clinton. He has done more for the Democratic party in this little space of time in comparison tothe Clintons with 35 + years of exerience. The Clintons care about themselves and they will distroy anyone in their path to kept power and control over the party. i do not think that the American people will stand -by and alow "them" to steal this election from Barack. It is time that people who doubt his capabilities stop. He is more than just "words". Yes, I am not surprise that he won the overseas vote by again, another large margin.

    February 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. obama/USA

    its very clear that Hillary and her tactics are not working! Give up the fight we can all read your fine print on campaigning strategies.

    February 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Kate

    Thank you Dems. Abroad!

    lofty speeches?? our best presidents we're the best speakers. ( Lincoln, FDR, JFK)

    too young?? wait... how old was Bill when he entered office?

    Sen. Obama has been a leader and uniter all his life. He is the American Dream and I will be proud when he represents our country. Obama '08!

    February 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. norma

    I hope Obama's followers have another 32 million a month to send to him – he's going to need it to pay for the college tuitions, jobs and health care that he's promised. And if people can come up with this kind of money in one month, where were they when they were asked to help in Katrina; buy equipment for our military (yes, families were sending helmets and body gear out of their own pockets) and how about the homeless in our country. If he were a real American icon, he could have coericed millions to give millions for these causes.

    Maybe we should have gone to Pakistan and voted over there. Now we've outsourced our entire election process too! Disgraceful.

    February 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Gmoney

    "Rest of the world also want to see the worst president in the US history. "

    Clearly you've been sleeping for the past 7 years.

    February 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. George T

    Someone in TX needs to find John and give him some diet pills.

    Mccain '08

    February 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Ms. Rene

    Now if we can just get CNN, particularly Wolf Blitzer, to be the same with Hilary Clinton as they, and he, are with Obama. In other words, be the same 'dog with a bone' and report consistently every negative thing you can find on her and play it over and over and over and over again. Play over and over the number of times she has used his words, incidentally without his permission or suggestion. Your bias, particularly Blitzer's, is showing and is as shrill as her voice.

    February 21, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. ED

    I just heard on MSNBC that there has been few empty seats spotted at a Hillary Campaign in TX!!

    And, 2 of the super delegates in NJ switched to Obama

    And, Obama won the democrats abroad delegates (11)

    hmmm Hillary that’s 11-0 You might wana patent that like the Patriots before the big Super Bowl Loss in OH and TX

    February 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I wonder how much Oprah has contributed to Obama's campaing...

    February 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. kathleen, illinois

    His accomplishments in change in Washington is Long.
    His website will list them all. He is an honest man
    We don't know how to treat honesty in America

    OBAMA 2008

    February 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. lcase

    for all of you that are yelling go obama, ask yourself what is he standing for? name one thing he says he wants to do or is going to do. Can't think of one! neither can i !!! go hillary

    February 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. marilyn

    we all should care what the world thinks of us, we are a very powerful nation, we should be able to keep our heads held high and Obama can help us become the great nation we once was... we need someone who can really work across party lines.. we need trust and good judgement from our leaders... and not someone feeding us the same old lies and the same old BS... why can't we as people give someone with good ideas and can connect to all people, given a chance to help make improvements... He will not be making changes all by himself.. we will help him!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |


    February 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Bernice

    Ever heard the phase " GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT"

    Well the people are SHOUTING AND VOTING!

    O B A M A ! O B A M A ! O B A M A !


    February 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Marty, Orlando Fl

    Another big blow to the clinton campaign. That's 11 straight wins. WOW! That definately shows a lot.

    Let's make is Happen Texas, Ohio.

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Carrie

    11-0 for Obama!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Maksym


    I hear a lot people here talking about Hillary's experience? What experience?

    Her first lady experience? That's a joke.

    Her great support for Iraq and NAFTA?

    Her ability to change her opinion from "in support"(when her husband was a president) to "against" when she is trying to run for a president?

    Don't make me laugh, and this latest ad about "working night shift," what an insult to every working American citizen who actually worked a night shift.

    Her attitude to "win at all cost" makes people sick and certainly does not change attitude of other countries towards us.

    Barack Obama already has support from Japan, Africa, and Russia(yes, Russia).

    I'm from Russia, and U.S. has been at "war" with Russia for centuries, and this election can actually change hostility level between the two.

    I live in Canada now, and I everyone I know here supports Barack Obama.

    Obama, 08.

    February 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. eddie n. powellnye

    For all of those that seek "HOPE". One have to live a hopeful life.
    From your mother's breast to RIP, without "HOPE" what a very empty
    life. OBAMA '08

    February 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |


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