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. MicP

    It is a sad state of affairs when so many people are played by the media hype over Obama and can't see it for what is really is which is ratings. Obama can make all the promises in the world and be as charasmatic as ever, but that doesn't mean he can accomplish anything. He is stringing people along on false hopes. I have never been a fan of the electoral college in this country until now. I hope for once if the popular vote is for Obama, that the electoral college will not be. As a democrat if Obama is the nominated candidate, I'll vote for McCain.

    February 21, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. william

    I think its time to give Obama time to face the reality of the world. Give up hillary the trueth is there.

    February 21, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Maybe I will be wrong, maybe not. I hope I don't have to be one of the ones that say " I told you so" . I cry for America. I'm not voting for anyone. Served my country for 14 years in the U.S.Army. I'm afraid Obama will embold our enemies. Talking to people that want to slit our throats, women to wear berkas(sp) People that want to wipe Israel off the map. Leaders that think the holocost never happened. Someone that wants all the Illegals to have it all free or darn near. Don't know anything about all of you. But, my purse is only 1/3 full now. I cannot afford all these freebee programs. God help us all..

    February 21, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Alecki

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!1

    This is a movement. Who knows who's behind it. It might even have foreign ties to it.

    It feels more like a cult or a civil right movement rally.

    PLEASE act like intelligent Americans and vote issues.

    Let Obama run after he has some experience.
    We really need to check this guy out.

    This is his second debate with Hillary.

    Let them speak about policy

    February 21, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    Ohio and Texas is NEXT

    February 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Vivian Torregrossa

    Even those abroad are now feeling the elctrifying movement that Obama has created. It is hard to believe that Hillary is not getting the message . How much louder can we speak, "we are done with the old and we aready for the new" it has been shown over and oevr again. The old Washington style politics are done! Hillary is from the old school of whashington, where politicians look at polls and numbers. We need a leader who is willing to look at the issues that concern our country and our citizens. Hillary has always had a political agenda, not a dream, but an agenda. A self seeking agenda! not the american people, not our country, but her! She is tough in debates, but tonight, Obama is going to continue to roll towwards his path to the white house and Hillary will once again see a downfall in her campaign.

    February 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. bl / NYC

    The saddest part is that most people have not done any research at all and as usual, most are following the crowd trying to fit in.
    Mr. Obamas speech is fantastic but it has in fact been the same exact speech for a year (and not even his own words).
    Never owned a business, never done a thing for his own state, never done a thing for us as a people and held a public office for two years.
    Sounds great, lets have him as the most important person on Earth!

    Putting Mr. Obama in office would lead to some of the greatest regret in history...
    The unfortunate part of all of this is that the Democratic party is now divided in half and if Mr. Obama wins the nod, the other half will leave the party, therefore, he will not win and the Republicans will, that is why they want him to win the Dem-nod people...

    Open your eyes... I will be shocked if CNN runs this as it is quite obvious how their darling is (they want him to win so the Republicans can keep the seat as well)...

    February 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Nancy -Long Beach, CA

    I used to live abroad and am not surprised that the rest of the world sees Obama as their hope for better relations with the US. We are a very arrogant nation and have been steamrolling the rest of the world for decades. Obama offers the world possibility for a less imperialistic foreign policy. This is exactly why I have chosen to support Obama. I was a Hillary supporter until it became clear that Obama has the leadership ability to unite the country and bring us out of the Dark Ages of international policy. We are not a nation alone on the planet – Obama understands that.

    Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. 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 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Anon

    Superdelegates 8 for Clinton! Superdelegates evened out the 65% plus vote for Obama... Silencing the people's voices! Let's see if this gets posted this time...


    February 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Oh well....

    Well, I look forward to the debate tonight....I hope the media will start to get the hard to answer questions out to Senator Obama! If he wants to be President lets here specifically how he can justify disenfranchising millions of democratic voters without aliienating them. He claims he wants to go by the rules...........then I guess Kennedy and Kerry would then have to support Clinton.

    But rules be as they are, this is for the Democratic Party – and not just for Senator Obama! If he were as wonderful as everyone claims he is with his fairness, etc. – lets hear the explanation.

    In my view, Senator Obama and the rest of the candidates abandoned Michigan I guess to keep in good graces with the DNC. Senator Clinton led the way and left her name on the ballot in support of the voters! Perhaps one may say that she agreed and then went back on her word. Well, sometimes we all make a mistake and then go back and correct the mistake. But the bottom line is, she took affirmative action on behalf of the voters. Then – as in playing 'follow the leader' everyone left their names on in Florida.

    Senator Clinton and her programs are for EVERYONE.........unlike Senator Obamas healthcare proposal which excludes millions of Americans – not far from the millions he is intending to exclude from the nomination process!

    February 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Bayou Babe

    Overseas is great, however, we need Texas and Ohio to really seal this race for us. Let's make history and not repeat it. We all know that if Hill gets in, it puts Bill back in and we have been there, done that and got a lousy t-shirt (and mine swam away with Katrina). The Bush folk and the Clintons have been running this country for the past 20 years and it is definitely time for a change people. I am only 30 years old and I know that. Let's make it happen...YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Tony

    Barack Obama, restore America's credibility and pride in the world.

    Give hope to fundamentalists that you will bring alternatives to confrontations and armed conflicts, Talk to them, listen to them, work with them and get results!

    Give hope to those who need jobs, income and dignity.
    Bring jobs back from China and India that others in power sent abroad for short their term gain.

    Fund PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE projects and give people work and a sense of purpose again. Give them salaries instead of handouts or degrading welfare programs.

    The old guard can NOT do it. They are too involved.

    Yes, YOU can Barack Obama!

    February 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Dale Wise

    Nice to see Obama continuing to expand his delegate lead. It's high time we ended the corrupt Bush/Clinton dynasties of the past 20 years. If Hillary really cared about this country, or even her own party, she would drop out of this race immediately and back Obama. She cannot win at this point, and she is only diminishing the chance that a democrat will get elected to the whitehouse this November.

    February 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Charlotte

    Obama-bots are nothing more then hate-mongers. Careful what you wish for you just might get it. If Hillary loses, we get a Republican again. I thought we had a shot at it until Obama started to gain the lead, now I know If she doesn't get the nomination, we will have John McCain as President. We know he has tried to unite the party by co-sponsering numerious bills across the aisle. The fact that his party has trouble with his more liberal, middle of the road ideas, will make a lot of democrats give him a good look in November.

    February 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Shequinna

    Obama doesn't only have momentum and movement he's building something across America that's called trust!!! Just because someone has been on earth longer and experienced more things does not make them smarter or more elgible, truthfully Hillary and Obama are really saying the same thing but it all comes down to who is more believable and will actually do what they say they will and right now America sees Obama's inperson and now that he means business.

    February 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. John

    I'm an American living in Canada. I voted for Obama because I'm sick and tired of people pissing on America because of George W. Bush.

    Obama is a repudiation of everything that fool stands for.

    After 7 years I might be able to go out and make a friend.

    February 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Vivian Torregrossa

    Obama 08 and 2012.YES!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Texas4Obama

    I do believe that the Constitution of the United States of America says that to be president a person must be 35 years of age or older and must be a born in the United States. There is NOT anything in there that says you must have an amount of required years of being a senator in Washington. READ THE CONSTITUTION.

    Btw: Sentor Obama has TAUGHT the Constitution, believes in the Constitution, and will OBEY the Constitution!

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Rob

    "not again", please take your racism and bigotry somewhere else. Just in case you didn't notice, America has moved on. You can repeat his middle name all you want and point out that he is half Kenyan and was raised in Hawaii, he still WILL be our next president. Maybe then you can renounce your citizenship, because we won't tolerate that kind of mindset in a new USA.

    February 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. EJS

    They could be Americans on humanitarian missions, missionaries, students, scholars, etc.. Not just expatriates.

    February 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. WhyObama

    Genuine question:
    What did Obama change in Chicago or Illinois?
    What is his record for "change"?

    I was a McCain supporter in 2000, and am a Hill Supporter in 2008. I think this Mr. Obama is a very inspirational speaker. Why should I vote for him over Mr. McCain, in the event that Hillary loses?

    Please no fanatical responses...

    PS~ Iraq is NOT in my top 12 list of issues that matter to me.

    February 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. joy

    obama will never win.
    hillary 08

    February 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Stan

    dear texas,

    can you name one senatorial accomplishment of Hillary's?

    Drawing a blank? I thought so.

    Hillary's voters aren't voting on her experience(which is wanting) they are banking on her HUSBANDS. She is the typical women, riding on the accomplishments of her husband.

    February 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Obama support in Iowa

    I went to thomas.loc.gov (Library of Congress website) and printed the information regarding bills introduced by Obama and Clinton. Although Clinton has 16 pages compared to Obama's 15 pages the content of the bills is very interesting reading. Now when someone says "Obama's never done anything" I whip it out and invite them to read the facts. No one has actually read my printouts yet. Yeah, I thought so. New Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor YES PECAN

    February 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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