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. marisela

    Im a latina voter that started out with high support for the clintons but the negative remarks and comments made over the past month has bought my support for them to an end. Im ready for something new that's why Obama has 1 more latina voter today. Oh and as far as texas goes he has 2 week to let the rest of my people be Inspired by the truth so I think he will do very well.

    Yes we can !!!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. snuckle

    I never see any comments here that have anything bad oabout Obama wh is that

    February 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Obama in Lead

    Yes he is winning. Do you know why he is winning with his bunch of lies. With regard to "PUBLIC FUNDING" he committed for something and he is doing something else. Thats why the saying goes "TALKERS ARE NOT DOERS". This speaks of his Character not keeping up his words. "Ths Change" he is shouting now do you think he can deliver when he has such a Character. Who cares who supports or endorses Obama. Oprah did be can she is a black. Do you know yesterday Sheila Jackson Lee said she is supporting Clinton because she knows that Clinton has solutions. Think over she is an African-American unlike Oprah she is supporting Clinton. When Media asked her "What does it take for her to Switch"? She kept repeatedly saying nothing will cahnge her mind. She wants people to respect her decision and she knows that Clinton has solutions and thats why she is supporting her.

    February 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. 4Hillary

    It looks like Obama might be the only person running for President. It's time to attack McCain, from today's news. Unbelievable how the press is manipulating the people into voting for their candidate. I'll stick with you, Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Myrtle Guseman

    Mr Obama,has everyone all fired up for a change,the voters are like ducks going to water,but when they get there the water just may be gone!
    Change,but what is he going to change? and HOW is he going to change it!!

    February 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Beth

    Here is rhyme written by my mother, who is white, 87 years old, lives in AZ, earns less than $50,000 a year and does not have a college degree. How's that for demographics!

    Ethel's Rhyme for the Day

    For all those millions who have suffered in Iraq, for the hundreds of thousand who have died, for the suffering families of the American service men and women who have died in Iraq because Hillary Clinton and other leaders did not speak out, donate to the Obama campaign today. Obama is reaching a million donations, help him get there, so that we can give our country a fresh start and a new humanistic direction for the 21st Century.

    February 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Phillip, Memphis

    john in TX, i have read the 64 page document and btw still voted for clinton in my primary.

    For those calling for Clinton to step aside, give her a break (sorry, couldn't resist). She owes it to her supporters to stick through the TX and OH primaries. Even if she wins those (and, I think she will win one for sure, probably 3 of the 4 held that day) by a very slim margin, it will be apparent that even with those wins she has no chance at the nomination, and that will be perfect timing to step down, save face, and begin to unite the party.

    What I don't understand is the Obama supporters approach. They ask her to step down for the sake of the party, but make the most personal and vicious attacks against her. In case you haven't noticed, 40% plus of the party is voting for her. How are you helping unite the party by callig her names and insulting anyone who was a supporter? you want her supporters to be gracious in defeat, yet even now when it is apparent Obama will be the nominee, you continue your attacks even in victory.

    With all that said, I was originally an Edwards supporter, and here's to Obama/Edwards in 2008!

    February 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Tisha Todd, Hampton, Virginia

    Okay let's see what are American's choices for this Presidential election? An old man that is getting his groove on with a lobbyist that he does special favors for, a woman that will stop at NOTHING to win, or an inspirational, highly intelligent, high ethical and moral standards leader.....I think I'll take the latter!

    OBAMA ,08!!!

    February 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Ruby

    If the media KISSED up to Hillary the way they do Obama,the story might be different,It is scary that a man with no experience,Bad voting record ,but makes great promises,Gives a great speech,makes promises to the people that even he knows is impossible to keep might become the leader of our Country. I will not vote for a man that can DO NOTHING but make promises,look good and acts like God and him are on a level playing field. his cockiness is starting to show and so is his wifes.

    February 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. David, Helsinki.

    Talk about experience? It reminds me of D.Rumsfeld, P.Wolfowitz, C Powell... and this is the America we got!!


    February 21, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. WhyWeWin

    A lesson to learn from the results is that people respect and trust those whose actions they think will be based on conscience, conviction and scruples and not on calculations, convenience and manipulation. The winning streak is going to continue as people cannot change overnight.

    February 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. JM

    I can't believe how vulnerable people are. You rely on biased media. This race is FAR from over. I don't want someone who doesn't have the necessary experience to lead this country. Maybe after he actually spends some time in the Senate and stands behind his convictions. Oh wait, does he have any? We need to fix this nation first, and only HILLARY can do that.

    HILLARY '08!!

    February 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Just wondering

    Are your comments being taken out as well? As least Fox is not as biased as CNN.

    Also, democrates do not need to rally around the nominee if that nominee is not their choice. That was the "old" way of doing things – on with the new!!

    February 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter

    can someone pleaseeeeeeeeeee tell me why hillary can't hold her head still when she talks

    February 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. carol

    It's so sad to see how americans can easyly forget people who have worked are their lives helping out children and woman. Hillary cares deeply about this nation and about all people. Her record speaks for itself. I just hope Barack Husein Obama doesn't dissapoint any of you who because it's really sad to know that he's being hailed as some king, when he does not even measure up to Hillary's accomplishments. Word has it, he is the Antichrist. Just another sign that this world is coming to an end. If not HIllary, I hope Mccain destroys him.

    February 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. susan f

    This is probably THE most important result! The true global community with experience and exposure to cultures outside the U.S. have voted "for" the candidate that they believe has the ability to change the global opinion of the U.S. thereby making their lives easier in those foreign countries.

    This will make a VERY interesting debate tonight!

    February 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Richard

    The Obama campaign continues forward even overseas! Character and integrity are what Americans are focused on not only experience! John McCain has proven in the past that he is not above being influenced by the lobbyists! Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Judy

    There's no campaign for this abroad primary. So if this result counts, why shouldn't the result of FL and MI count? Is this fair? Seems like whatever Obama does, it's fine, it's perfect, it's great. But whatever Hillary does, it's not right.

    When Obama attacks Hillary, it's fine, it's great. When Hillary attacks Obama, it's negative campaign, it's "old politics". This elcetion is so weirld.

    February 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Sugar Coated

    I wonder how many of these people on the OBama train voted for
    Bush even once and mabey even twice.
    I doubt very many of Hillary's supportes did.

    Blue collar in tennessee

    February 21, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. loveamerica


    The DEM. party desperately wants to get back the WH, but it is tragic to have a puppet whom is considered as a "solid one" to defeat the Rep. When the time comes, the DEM. Party will pay big price for it.


    February 21, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Jeremy

    Hillary keeps talking about how much experience she has, but as we've seen she can't run her own campaign properly. Moving people around and changing out campaign managers, but the common denominator is HRC.You have to give Obama credit on his campaign. Some of you believed that he had a no chance over a year ago. One of his strategist made a comment on CNN, that back in September of 2007, Obama took the reins over on his campaign and things started to pick up from there. That speaks to the "TRUE" leadership he has. To start a national campaign from scratch and compete with the Clinton machine is very impressive. I hope that after March 4 Mrs.Clinton will have the decency to step aside graciously.

    February 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Julie

    Why is it that in every election Obama has run in, a major problem always arises with the opposition candidate? In his first run for state legislature in Illinois, he challenged the legality of all 3 of his opponents (including the incumbent) to run for the office since they didn't get the appropriate amount of signatures to be on the ballot. Result- he was the only candidate on the ballot in the November election and therefore won. In his run for US Senate, the opposition candidate, who was ahead in the polls, had to drop out because of a domestic abuse scandal. And now, suddenly, after Obama becomes frontrunner, we find out about allegations of affairs and issues with FEC rules, undermining McCain's ability to win in November. Beginning to see a pattern here?

    February 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Dan , TX

    John McCain – Keating five. He showed poor judgment. Did he learn his lesson? He thinks so, I believe him. But I still think Obama would make the better leader, and better president.

    I like McCain a lot. I just like Obama better. Obama has a track record – actually quite a long one. And I admire what I see there.

    February 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. kevin from alaska

    Chesco: I read in the NYTimes that many of the districts where Obama received 0 votes were NYC districts with large black populations. Hillary supporters also supposedly ran the districts.

    To be fair, Hillary did receive 0 votes in some districts.

    To comment on that, if you're rigging a whole bunch FOR Hillary, rigging a few AGAINST is a good line to have - and it is the only rebuttal I've heard.

    And let's not forget New York is her "home" state.

    February 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Orlando

    John McCain is getting things done but in whose best interest the people or the lobbyist. I use to feel John McCain would have been better than Bust on his second term but now he is taken on his views. His close ties with GW jr is a mistake and by the time he realize it the election/movement will be over. Sorry no Jon for me.

    February 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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