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. ca

    Those people are out of it! Why do you think they're living abroad?

    February 21, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Lin

    What can one say but obama The young preacher will be facing off with the war hero. The people are not quite ready for a women president, they were the last to have the right of vote and it will be only after a big lost that they'll be ready for her but by then it'll be to late. She is being call a racist power hungry revengeful person only because she is trying to run like the men are. I will miss her and i respect her for still trying to get up every morning to help the people in trouble. She worked so hard for universal healthcare in the 90's and deserves at least the credit for making it the platform of her rivals. We'll miss you Hillary . Get some rest cure that cough we still need you in the senate .

    February 21, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Dylan from CA

    Hey anon...

    In their 300+ votes in the Senate Clinton and Obama have voted differently a total of 10 TIMES. So much for your rubbish partisan voting record argument.

    I am in complete accordance with John in Texas casting 1,000 votes in the Senate does not make you any more ready to by President than someone who has cast 300 votes. It comes, down to character, vision and the ability to bring people together to make positive change. Obama beats both McCain and Hillary in all those categories.

    There is nothing in the Constitution about what qualifications are necessary to be President other than being at least 35 yrs old and a US-born citizen. I have read the "Blue Print for Change," I have the watched the debates, have listened to Obama's (entire!) speeches and have decided that no other candidate would be a more effective leader for this country. I have no doubt he will surround himself with only the best advisors and finally heal our image around the world and solve the crippling problems this nation faces at home and abroad.


    February 21, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Ralph

    Even if Obama eventually wins (which is by no means certain with Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas coming up), I think that the more he can be tested and challenged to defend himself now, the better off he's going to be when the Republican attack machine gears up and all ethics and morality get tossed out in favor of retaining power.

    You all should read the book "How to Rig an Election" by a former Republican operative. Very disturbing.

    February 21, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Leila

    Hillary's finished. How is she going to counter Obama's momentum? Getting angry? That doesn't work with Hillary. It hurts her. She's been made ineffective.

    I didn't think it possible. Shows me Obama is ready to lead. He stood up to the Clinton machine and beat both of them. Both of them. Gives me shivers typing that.

    By the way, I loved how all networks went away from Hillary's speech in Ohio after she lost Wisconsin to Obama. That's a sign even the media knows you're yesterday's news. That was a sly, deft move on the Obama campaign. Change is coming. He's leading the way.

    O-bama in O-EIGHT.

    February 21, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. koo

    we now have to look beyond this primaries and caucuses and pray that God helps him to be a god and successful president.

    February 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Darryl

    This garbage about Obama being in experienced has to stop. He is the right man to deal with global issues.

    Remember, experts built the Titanic, a novice built Noahs Ark.

    February 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. peachy

    Obama is a joke and so are all his voters. Do you notice when asked about his accomplishments most of his voters come up empty headed LOL on National TV too. GOOOOOOOO Mckain because that who the next president will be if Hillary is not the nominee. We will sit out this 2008 Genaral Election and laugh. Obama the divider not the Uniter.

    February 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. democrat that may end up voting republican

    I agree we need to change, Bush has made that a very easy stance. But what has Obama done? He talks of change but what has he done as a senator? What makes him so great? We had a mayor in our town that wasn't connected politically and everyone jumped on the bandwagon of his 'we need change' views. He was awful..he was corrupt, ust with different people... our city is struggling to get out of the mess he left. That's my fear with Obama..listen to the views of the candidates please.. vote for who you really believe in, not who the media or Oprah tells you to!!

    February 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. st louis

    Hillary's supporters, GET OVER IT!!! Boy you guys are really not helping your candidate with your "If Obama gets elected, I vote for McCain." Good take your sons and grandsons to war for the next hundred thru one thousand years!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Nick

    There is crises ib Serbia You think Obama is experinced enouh ti handle three to four cises at a time.

    February 21, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Jerry Smith


    Wow! I voted all the way from Norway for Senator Obama. It is good to see MY voice in this process.

    It may not be clear to Americans, but the ENTIRE WORLD really loves Senator Obama. He has not only inspired Americans, he has lifted the hopes of millions across the globe.

    It is really quite amazing for me to see – as an American who travels frequently – the unabashed enthusiasm for him as well as the wide variety of people who support him.

    From Australia, Malaysia, China and Japan to Nepal, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Morocco, and Brazil – and everywhere in between it seems.

    It would be a veritable tragedy if somehow he were not elected president. Although, many around the world would LOVE for him to lead their country.

    One 55 year old man in Italy asked me, "Do you think Barack would come to Italy after his 8 years in office in the US? We could use a guy like him over here."

    February 21, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Howard, Westport CT

    To Not Again. If you can't tell the difference between Obama and Bentsen, then there is no convincing you. The man makes sense and luckily he hasn't been in Washington long enough to be tainted. He is asking Americans to change, and that change begins at home. I am using energy efficient bulbs, raising my own food, walking instead of putting my gas-guzzling SUV on the road. I recently vounteered at a high school as a tutor. I am creating the America that I want to see. Hopefully, all Americans will do the same. Get off the couch and get out and see what a great country we have. And for the places that aren't so great, pick up some trash and haul it away or volunteer in that community. I guarantee you will feel better and make all the Americans you come in contact with feel better.

    February 21, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. California Voter

    So when will he be vetted by the media????????

    February 21, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    A heads up regarding Clinton campaign.

    A new fund, the "American Leadership Project" based in California is seeking 100 Clinton supporters to each give $100,000 to fund its $10 million effort to support her candidacy. This group can take unlimited contributions.

    Obama supporters have contributed nearly one million individual people to donate to his campaign.

    Don't let the wealthy take over funding the Clinton campaign. This seems unAmerican to me.

    February 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Gemmeg

    British people have abolished slavery. America is about to abolish racism by choosing Obama.
    Once racism is abolished terrorism will go for good. America is about to make history by taking humanbeing trough Obama to the new age called- GOLDEN AGE, the age of LOVE for all the living. God bless America, the rest of the world love you.

    February 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. peachy

    Obama is a joke and so are all his voters. Do you notice when asked about his accomplishments most of his voters come up empty headed, LOL, on National TV too. GOOOOOOOO Mckain because that who the next president will be if Hillary is not the nominee. We will sit out this 2008 General Election and laugh. Obama the divider not the Uniter.

    February 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Roger

    Note: To everyone who uses the term " empty suit", we are tired of you parroting your lifted talking points. It is quite obvious that we the people are speaking, but some of you refuse to hear what we are saying. It is time to move forward and get on with the business at hand.

    February 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Rob

    You cannot please everyone, but it is very telling that so many see through the talking points they are told by a candidate-desperate-to-win. That so many Americans, at home and abroad, took the time to research Obama for themselves and recognize he is the superior candidate truly does give me hope. I haven't felt this good about a candidate in fifty years and I'm just grateful that so many are actually researching and thinking for themselves and voting for the obvious informed choice, Obama. I understand the Hillary supports are disappointed and frustrated and that explains so many of their snide remarks. In time, some of them will recognize the truth and others will just stew in their bitterness, but the rest of America will be moving forward into the future, and the future is looking brighter all the time.

    February 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Christiane

    I live in Germany. I can not vote. But i know, the people here like Obama.

    February 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |


    February 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Rick

    Mr Obama will probably get the Democrat's nomination.

    The Republicans will tear him apart for his lack of experience, partisan voting record – what little of that he has done and his political ties overseas.

    John McCain will be the next President

    February 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Toronto Girl

    Americans are taken to Obama the same way they did with BUSH and look how that turn out.

    Good luck screwing it up!

    February 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Holly B

    anon....you won't get a more partisan candidate than Hillary Clintion who wants to battle the Republicans instead of leading this nation....he has vision, leadership and unity. She is a polarising politician who can't even manage her own campaign...how do you think she will run the country....no thank you! Wise up and support Obama!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. angel

    I Think Obama represents the finest thing about Immigration done Legally .... In fact if we as Mexican Americans are to really Look at endorsing a Candidate we should think that Obama Mirrors , The very Image we are trying to attain .... He is the product of Immigration done right and Legally and really stands out as a real part of " the preception of the american dream'! If he is to be the Nominee we send a message to the rest of the world and in our own neighboorhoods . That "Your Child " can grow up in country that offers anyone the same oppertunity . It amazes me that Cnn's pundits and Analyst have failed to make the realtionship with , his being a prodcut of what immigration and hard work and the american dream can really bring about . His realtionship to this topic , leads me to belive that he can bring about the neccessary humane reforms to such a divisive topic.
    Thank you
    and please post so that others may respond to thier thoughts as well

    February 21, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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