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. Kimberly In Sweden

    Obama 2008!
    American's in Stockholm, Sweden support you!

    February 21, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Barry

    The world wants Barack... what can i say.

    February 21, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Karen, NYC

    I bet Hillary is saying...

    'Some days it's just not worth getting out of bed"

    February 21, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Jeff

    I'm sorry Mrs Clinton, it's very clear now you have no chance in this election. If you win the nomination, I will vote for you, but we democrats must unite to take on the Republicans, and lead this country towards peace and prosperity. With that being said, I shall vote for Obama if he is the nominee.

    February 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Beaster

    Yes but it also shows that Obama has power overseas as well!
    OBAMA 08, can't wait for the bumper stickers!!

    February 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Docta

    This is a clear indication that Obama is also supported even by those who don't hear him speak.
    So Mrs. Clinton, Barack Obama is not just a "talker". The people knows that he is more competent and more able to move America forward than you.

    If i was you Hillary, I will prepare a gracious exit, instead of ruining your chance for any political future in this country.

    The people wants Obama not you.

    February 21, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Proud to support Obama

    Go Obama – Time to rally around the best candidate. Hillary, please do the right thing and step aside for you will be lost in the tidal wave that is coming!

    February 21, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. changing times

    Clearly those abroad have not been influenced by the "kool-aid". I'm sure they can appropriate the idea of his presidency to their situations abroad.

    Global appeal. That's more of what we need in the White House. We need change backed by a strong leader. He's the only one representing that to date.

    February 21, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Shannel Ryan

    I am with you Aaron.

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Lisa

    People around world are seeing what "yardies" ie Americans in the USA are seeing. They want the change because people really do hate the USA around the world. Obama really is a bridge towards changing the world's view of us. And I am glad Americans abroad supports Obama's change to this HUGE goal

    February 21, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Kathy

    Yes that is interesting Aaron. But I'm sure there was also quite a bit of interaction with well-rounded Europeans (I'll probably tick somebody off about the well-rounded Eurpeans comment, but the fact of the matter is, it's true) People who keep claiming Barack doesn't have substance apparently don't bother to LISTEN to coverage and/or READ informative articles & writings. Reading & listening can do wonders to educate one on many levels!

    February 21, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Chesco

    The media is surprisinly mum about the vote count in NY.
    As a matter of fact I'd bet this comment doesn't make it through.

    February 19, 2008 - Mayor Bloomberg charged yesterday that "fraud" was behind the unofficial results in the New York Democratic presidential primary that produced zero votes for Barack Obama in some districts.

    February 21, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Victor

    People want change it's as simple as that. They see it in OBAMA. Like him or not that is the reality. He's become a movement. How do you stop that? Two fantastic candidates, it's a shame only one can win.

    February 21, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Amorehouseman

    You"re right..That statement is so true! So, there is no excuse from the Clinton Clan, nor the Republicans!

    February 21, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Priscilla expat in Switzerland

    Yes, we are not bombarded by the media over here. We have to do our homework on the candidates. The tone all over Europe is heavily favored toward a candidate that can heal foreign relations with the world. I am glad that my vote counted in the first ever online Presidential Primary!

    OBAMA '08

    February 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. AJ, IL

    Good news! Unfortunately, it will be underscored by the McCain-Iseman lobbyist scandal and the Obama-Clinton debate tonight.

    Obama in 08!

    February 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. John in Texas

    To all Hillary supporters:

    The exit polls show that 85% of Hillary voters would be fine with Obama as well. The latest exit polls show Hillary vs McCain (nationwide) has McCain winning.. The latest exit polls show Obama vs McCain (nationwide) with Obama winning. Use LOGIC and figure it out!!

    In addition, constantly saying Obama has no experience is stupid. You don't need experience. There is no training for President of the US. How do you train for things like 9/11? New technologies like cloning, etc. You don't. You pick someone based on their character to do the right things. The fact is, there are so many checks and balances in the system and so many advisors that you can't screw up unless you try (like Bush).

    In addition, if you want to know what Obama will do.. Why don't you get your lazy butts up and read his 64 page BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE on his website! It details all the things he would implement...

    So much for your Empty suit propaganda....

    February 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Nando, Florida

    he won by 33% than how does she get half the delegates is this that new FUZZY MATH??

    February 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. CP, Duluth. MN

    I am certain American expatriates are discerning, wise professionals, who have a more objective grasp (often times) of global issues than those back at home.

    I am encouraged by their overwhelming decision in favor of Senator Obama's candidacy.
    I hope the overall interest in US politics continues. Politicians are less likely to get away with fraudulent practices when the populace is paying close attention.

    February 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Gary

    Like I said time will tell. I see this country in worst shape if Obama gets in.Chrisma and flashy glamour cant run this country.Ill bank on know how and experience. Someone that has been helping folks through out the country for yrs.It seems the country and media forgot all the good that was done by the Clintons.The media is slamming her and making it hard for her to win.They are praising Obama for their own ratings. America better wake up before its to late. The devil comes in many faces. It will tell you what you want to hear ,and promise the world to you to get your soul,than your doomed. He was a nobody until the Media pushed him with his smooth speeches,hopes ,and dreams. Remember he dont know nothing about foreign policies and this war ,where Hillary does.When the pied piper of politics cant perform his promises ,hopes and dreams,blame no one but yourselfs for voting for him. Ill stick to reality.Go Hillary

    February 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. not again

    Great job my fellow democrats. All the pundits said the dems would win in November unless they find a way to mess it up like they always do. Well guess what my friends, we're doing it by putting Obama up too soon!

    The Republicans are going to chew Barak Hussein Obama of Hawaii and Kenya to pieces. We're going to run this guy against a salt-of-the-earth real American hero? I can't wait for the next version of Lloyd Bentsen vs Dan Quayle moments during the McCain/Obama debates. Obama, you're no Martin Luther Kennedy!

    February 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Eric

    Yeah, aaron from virginia, it has A LOT to do with the 'only positive' media attention toward this empty suit.

    February 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. David, Silver Spring, MD

    It's just another indication that an Obama presidency would improve how we are perceived around the world.

    February 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Andrew in Dallas, TX

    Even Americans living overseas see that Obama is the best person to lead this nation in troubling times. Clearly, actions, not just words have inspired these people. Let's get real.

    February 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. John

    Obama has united Americans abroad, just like he will help reunite the rest of the world behind America.

    February 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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