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. Go Hillary Go!!

    I am not amazed that Obama is winning! what can you expect from these people whom made Bush president 2nd time knowing all his mistakes during his first term. America needs people with brains who can think not beleive on what they just heared or seen.

    February 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Martina Blackman

    I'm of dual citizenship, and I voted for the first time in my entire life in a coffee shop in Brussels and what is the best thing the person I voted for Obama.. WON...Its just proof again that Obama is here to stay...

    February 21, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Deb

    Mrs. Clinton is not willing to stop doing what she is doing to cause 11 straight wins from her opponent. Maybe after Mr. Obama's 13th win (in a row) Mrs. Clinton will realize that we are listening to Mr. Obama because he is not being divisive or negative. He has united people from all races and backgrounds. He is using words and speeches that we need to hear during these hard times of unemployment, recession and a war we did not want or need. We are tired of the same old politics (negativity). We are tired of the same old experiences (dividing the people).
    Mr. Obama is a great communicator and a great motivator. Look at the young adults who are voting for him. He is the picture of HOPE. If our young people can achieve HOPE through Mr. Obama's WORDS and SPEECHES, please move out of the way and let them through. If Mr. Obama continues to bring people together on all fronts, we should all commend him and join him in his efforts. It would be unfair to our young people if we don't.

    February 21, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Carlos amaya

    For those who ask why expatriates can vote for candidates let me explain something to you. !!EXPATRIATES ARE AMERICANS LIVING ABROAD SO THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE ALSO!!!!JESUS.
    Texans what is wrong with you voting for McCain?? Where have you been these past 7 years??

    Obama– Smart, elocuent,articulate candidate that needs to win the Democrat nomination and America WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, if McCain is elected we are screwed (do not know how we can be more screwed but we will) Obama is the answer please do not screw it up agaian. What is this about experience?? look at the current president... A total BOZO!!!!

    February 21, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. California Independent

    Speaking of abroad....

    Obama needs to get a rousing rendition of 'kumbaya' going. Apparently Pakistan and Serbia aren't paying attention to his message.

    Don't they realize he's about to be elected and they continue being 'divisive.' How dare they bomb when Obama is speaking.

    February 21, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Rick

    So what. I'm not voting for him here in Texas. If he gets the nomination, I won't vote period. I don't support him or McCain. The thing is when someone tries so hard to say they walk on water and have done no wrong, in politics it is usually an indicator they are just better at being crooked. I don't trust him any further than I could pick him up and throw him. Let the Obamabots kick themselves after he gets elected and does little to effect any real change. I won't be part of that problem.

    February 21, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    I for one have not written Hillary off. My question to all you Obama backers what is he going to change in DC and HOW????? You are all starry eyed or against a women in office. When it is a fact female leader's historical record in the world have put men's to shame. Jac

    February 21, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. M

    If the US want the republicans back in the WH vote Obama.

    This guy is so full of empty phrases, popular smooth talk and substance lacking BS that he'll lose in november and people will look back on this election as the biggest mistake in recent American political history for both the country and womens chances in general.

    America wake up and start listening to content instead of retorics.

    February 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Robert

    History has shown that it's the young that change the world. This doesn't mean experience isn't important. The way I see it, put someone at the helm with good ideas and the old and experienced will keep them in check. Put someone who has been around at the helm, they simply won't listen to new and good ideas. I'll give the new guy a shot. Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. TR

    John in Texas, You are exactly right, that's how I answered all my questions. I took time and read his blue print and everything else on his website (barackobama.com). I also checked out his visit to Google. candidates@google:Barack Obama
    empty suit NO WAY! This country needs a healing to move foward and he's doing just that. People, look at how he has run his campaign.

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. vanessa

    this is so funny... LOL... I mean the man wins at home and abroad but why?? because no one knows him really or what he stands for... to think that the win abroad signifies that he is more than just rethoric borders on the ridiculous... Right now he is nothing but a Rock Star.. if given the democratic nomination he will do nothing but GUARANTEE a McCain victory... WAY TO GO DEMOCRATS AT HOME AND ABROAD!!! LOL

    February 21, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Suzanne


    February 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. roberto

    Barack Obama is a champion for people and their civil rights–the few that remain. His demeanor is genuine. He is not part of the problem, but part of the solution. That is why he connects with voters wherever they live.

    February 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. MarkH

    I put my first Obama sticker on my car the day he announced his candidacy. I put the second one on my truck this morning. Note: I hate bumper stickers – these are the first two in 34 years of vehicle ownerships. I'm one American ready for the much needed change in this country.
    All the way baby.....Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. will, tx

    I am an African American student in Texas and I can't help but feel some sense of pride. I understand why some voters are skeptical about Mr Obama's experience but I feel that it is a hidden attribute. America has had many presidents with experience but what did they accomplish? I believe that by Mr Obama not being corrupted by the politics of the past gives us hope for the future.

    February 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. garrick

    what dose this truly mean for Hillary,she should not split the party by making things worst for herself and just say ok,this will give her another chance for people to get behind her in 2012

    February 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. KMIZER

    I have always been a democrat but this will be the first election ever that I will vote republican if Obama wins the democratic candidacy. I love Hillary her experience speaks volumes this "CHANGE" stuff that Obama talks about is not, that is all he is, is talk, she is action. Mccain will get my vote if Hillary loses. We are with you Mrs. Clinton, we believe in you here in Ohio.

    February 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. clinton muehlenbrock

    This is to RPF. I am a Navy veteren (ex patriot.) You bet your sweet -- if i am in another country when the elections occur i better get a say so about it. Don't even argue that.

    February 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Karen

    Somebody, please anyone tell me what is the big deal with Barrack. I just don't get it. When asked, his own advisor couldn't answer what Barrack has done while in office. The advisor said he inspires people. Not me, I am definitely not inspired by him. The only thing he will inspire me to do is to vote for a republican. I have never done that, so he actually did inspire me to do something. Also, I heard that as a senator he accidentally voted against something he meant to vote for....and did it SIX times. And his wife has been quoted as saying (several times) that this is the only time in her life that she is proud to be an American (HOW PATHETIC)...NOT ME I HAVE ALWAYS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A PROUD AMERICAN.

    February 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Jim F

    People have been saying that "higher-educated," "better-off" people have mainly voted for Obama while the "blue-collar" and "lesser educated" people have traditionally backed Clinton (until recently.) And when I read the comments on this board, I am constantly stricken by the large number of misspellings, grammatical errors, and factual errors contained in the rants of Clinton supporters versus the well-spoken and well-thought-out comments by Obama fans. Perhaps it's true when they say Americans want someone to whom they can relate in the White House.

    February 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Phillip, Memphis

    p.s. that guy in the background with the hat on looks kinda ominous, doesn;t he?

    February 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Bob

    I Guess I learned it wrong.

    Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.

    February 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. jaila

    Way to go, Barack!! Woo hoo!

    February 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Jay

    Obama is being set up to lose in November. Republicans and there true supporters are afraid of Hillary they know that can't beat her But if they can somehow shape this into Obama beating out Hillary for the Democratic nomination. They fill Obama would be an easy win for them. Another 4 years in the White House for the Republicans. Same ol business as usual.

    February 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. KMIZER

    The band wagon is not always a good thing. Things in the past where everyone jumped on did not always go well. Think about it. The Clintons take care of this country I believe the only WISE choice is Hillary she is honest and dedicated and has been for 35 years. Obama is wet behind the ears and just talks alot, that will not save this country action will Hillary will. We love you Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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