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. Yvonne F., Lafayette,La.



    February 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Fernandez

    Who cares what the Americans living abroad think. Expats obviously have not idea of Obama's ability to run this country. Looks like most of his supporters likes his "goody-bag of politics". And our media is the "King Maker". The best candidates in this race have dropped out.
    Joe Biden would have made the best President, could have a back room deal

    February 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Liquid

    Obama puts the spotlight on the issues that matter to the American people and communicate his genuine interest in a greater United states in a way that few Presidensial canidates have in the past. Because we are not use to this kind of politics (where its about the peoples desire not the politicians) many of us just dont know how to recieve it. It funny that everybody is not celebration this wonderful Historic time. It is only those that are truly love this country and want to see it live up to its creed, that is fortunate enought to be still and appreciate this wonderful time in our American history.

    February 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Elanor

    I'm not surprised , he is popular in other countries. Someday Americans will find out why. I hope it is not to late for "our' country. It seems a lot of people have their eyes closed. Wonder why these people are living abroad? Maybe they are like Michele Obama , maybe they aren't proud to be an American either.

    February 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    Come on Texas and Ohio!!! Vote for Obama! Don't let our next leader be chosen by these superdelegates! Obama has won the most states, the most delegates, and the majority vote! Still don't get why these superdelegates count more than the American people, I mean aren't they just American citizens too?

    Let the people decide! With Texas and Ohio wins for Obama, the people will have spoken!

    Obama 08!!!!

    February 21, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Dietrich in Houston, Texas

    Can anyone tell me what the naysayers who are screaming no experience and glamour have been the last 8 YEARS! Stop your blinded views and comments and wake up and smell the Starbucks! Democrats need to start uniting around BARRACK so we can send a message to the Republican party of hate.

    February 21, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. joe

    Yes we can. Obama 08.

    February 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Nikole

    Can anyone name HRC's accomplishments as Senator? All I have is a fluff list of naming libraries, etc. after people.

    February 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. RuthieM

    First of all I can't understand for the life of me how folks can say they are against the war in Iraq and turn around and vote for Hillary Clinton (who voted for the war in Iraq) or John McCain. I mean we're talking mindset, judgment here people. A recent Texas poll for the general election had John McCain winning over Obama. That really baffles me. It tells me that either these people just don't care, that they are really not against the war in Iraq, that they really want it to continue or under no circumstances wil they vote for Obama. Democrats living abroad win, this is another great win for Obama. But isn't the score against Clinton now 0-12 and not 0-11? Afterall, didn't Obama also win Tuesday nights Washington State primary? If that primary was insignificant why did those people come out to vote then? At 57% of the precincts reporting, Obama was leading Clinton with over 100,000 votes and then puff it just all disappeared. Although this was called a 'beauty contest' where do those votes go, down the drain? And if so, do the Washington State people know that? And if they know that, why did they come out and vote then? And why is it that when Florida and Michigan were called beauty contests too that Hillary was allowed to count those as 'wins' for her in addition to fighting that those delegates be seated when clearly this would break the rules? Nevertheless, why did the Washington State people vote Tuesday night and where are those votes, what happens to them, and so, mark this another win for Obama!

    February 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Jen


    February 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Mary

    All of this Obama stuff is really getting old. The people out of the country don't really care, cause guess what, they don't live here. Why don't you people listen to the debate tonight or are your minds to closed to hear? Hillary not only has to run against a male but also has to run against another race. All of that in consideration, wouldn't people want her fighting for you.

    February 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Democrats are stupid

    So called Democracts are bashing the Clintons? I beleive the majority of the Clinton haters on here are Republicans. They know that McCain would have a much easier time beating Obama than Clinton. They are also crossing party lines and voting for Obama. People Wake UP!

    If it is indeed McCain vs Obama – McCain will win easily. Republicans have outsmarted us again. Also, granted Obama is a much better speaker than Hillary or Bush but God help us Bush was a likable guy and that is why he won in 2000 and 2004 – people said he was like you and I. Gimme me break. We need someone with smarts and that is Hillary. People are afraid of intelligence...but instead we all want a dummy like the common man. Maybe Obama isn't a dummy but what the heck has he done in Congress???? Zero.

    February 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Jerri 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 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Hillary supporter

    American people are judging book by its cover without looking inside what it has to offer, same thing with this Obama, couple of good speeches about change and here we go....

    February 21, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Carole

    I am a Hillary voter and would love to see a Clinton/Obama ticket!!

    February 21, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. adam

    ever since super tuesday obama is gaining stronger momentum week by week. hilary not only has to win in texas and ohio, she has to win by a 15-20 point margin. If she doesn't, then obama will get a fair share of the delegates and will still be around 100 pledged delegates ahead. but things are getting even worse for hillary. he is starting a coalition in texas where young students around the country are going to texas houses to win votes. i live in michigan and although hilary won that state, everyone i know in the u of m campus has said they are making phone calls in texas and donating money to obama. obama has nearly 1,000,000 doners which is an all time record.

    February 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. James

    Yeah..I'm voting for Obama. 🙂

    February 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. dj

    I love it!! Go OBAMA

    As a woman I would really like to see a woman in this White House. . . .just not this one.

    For some strange reason she seems ambition driven only to get to the White House for her own good. She seems to be a little fake . .her story and positions on various issues changes as much as the wind changes direction.

    I truly believe she is calculating in the worst way. Just dont think I can trust her motives.

    February 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Padma marchant

    Yes...It is high time to unite the democratic party and stop playing any negative tricks upto march 4, 2008 with divide and conquer tactics as republicans have started doing this kind of game.

    February 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. James ( Independent )

    If you do some research you will find that Obama has actually accomplished more then Clinton.

    This thing is about over , Obama will lock it up on March 4th

    February 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Janice

    For those of you that have issues with American Citizens abroad voting...Get a clue!!! How many military bases do we have overseas? You know the men and women, like my husband fighting in Iraq, so that you can make the ignorant comments you've been making!
    I am not only a veteran, but a black woman, married to a white man, raising three bi-racial children.. two of which are boys. I think the fact that Obama is a strong candidate shows our country's progression. I also feel the same way about Hillary as a candidate. I think it speaks wonders about our country. We spent almost 4 years living in Europe and for those of you who don't know...other countries HATE US!! We need some one with fresh ideas, someone who can unite and inspire us in the White House. I could care less about his "inexperience" as people have been pointing out. Experience is what has gotten us in the situation we're in. In a war that was totally unnecessary!! People wake up and choose the candidate your heart convicts you to choose.
    For GOD'S sake do not vote for McCain!! There's no way I want my husband spending his remaining 10 years on active duty....back and forth in Iraq!000000

    February 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    I think that is wrong that people who do not live in the United States are allowed to vote for a president in the United States. I don't care who won, whether it was Hillary or Obama. That to me violates our Constitution, since our Constitution applies to whatever occurs in our terroritory, not to what people think abroad.

    February 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. rabblerouser

    We all know that Obama has accomplished very little and to give him this job would be sheer stupidity. But look at history – Bush was voted in (the second time...). Just because the majority of voters like someone (or can be manipulated by the press to like someone) doesn't mean it's the right decision.

    Wisdom would dictate Hillary. But Americans aren't known for their wisdom...

    February 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Andrew Kenneth

    It surprises me this notion that Obama is some kind of a gift to the republicans, look at the popular vote, he can turn red states like Virginia blue, and has all first time democrat voters voting for him.
    I will predict, if he is the nominee, he will be close to Eisenhower in a November blow out against Mcaine

    February 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Aaron

    So now expats can vote overseas through this "Democrats Abroad" organization PLUS vote absentee back in the States. THAT makes sense.

    February 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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