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. James M.

    Texas...that same reporter was asked to give examples of other elected officials past work in an off-camera interview, or the part of the interview that was edited for self-serving purposes, and he was not able to do so.

    I applaud Obama for not lowering himself to HRC's tactics. He is change just in the way he runs his campaign.

    Obama '08!

    February 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Gene in Texas

    The world and Americans in overseas 're testifying as well..that's a good reason to elect president Obama this year...

    February 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. richard

    Obama is awsome. He has my vote ! We need something new.

    ps I am a life long republican!

    February 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Kris

    who cares if they are expatriots! just another signal that he is the One!

    Even across the ocean they're tired of the clinton's and bush's running america into the ground!

    February 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Monisha

    Wow, I would also say that nothing in the world can prepare you to become a president, it is about character, intellect, and the ability to have a vision, you can have plans and ideas, but the reality is, this world is dynamic, and you need a thinker in office, you need a person who can think on their feet, unlike people like Clinton and Mccain that live in a static world, Obama seems ready for any challange, that is why the slogan, YES WE CAN!!! fits well for him, he will always have a vision for the people of America, so any decision he makes will have a stronger foundation than a person who does not believe in words, ideas or even hope!!

    February 21, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. lisa

    fire it up, ready to go! obama "08

    February 21, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. David

    You Obama people are really pathetically stupid. You all act as if he is going to go to the White House and be Superman and change everything. This is NOT a football or baseball game. It's been CNN and other newstations acting like William Randolf Hearst.

    My wife and I are voting for McCain is Hillary doesn't pull out the stops in Ohio and Texas. If Obama winds up winning the presidency all I can say is don't come crying to the rest of us who knew better when your golden child fails to deliver.

    God bless you Hillary –

    February 21, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. wallflower

    Expats truly have their fingers on the international pulse! Obama is the candidate most likely to improve foreign relations and unite our country as well!

    February 21, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Jim F

    For all the ranters warning about the "Obama kool-aid," I keep seeing the same comments over and over again about Hillary's "experience" (actually 7 years in elected office vs. 11 years for Obama) and her ridiculous "all hat and no cattle" comment. Who's drinking kool-aid now? Perhaps if she stuck to the issues she'd have a fleeting chance at getting the people's attention. Unfortunately, she's been giving the same speech since 2006, and with the recent writers' strike, we've grown tired of reruns.

    February 21, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Pack up your bags, Hillary.... You're about to lose, but I suppose we'll have to listen to your shrill and whiny complaints.


    February 21, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. BETH J

    IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE..........OBAMA 2008

    February 21, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Robyn

    I don't understand the democrats delegates. I mean I understand it but I don't GET it. Obama wins with over 60% and still gets the same amount of delegates as Clinton. What a crock.

    February 21, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. teddy orlando fl

    Thank you sir may i have another

    February 21, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Peggy



    February 21, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. peter s brosig

    are the delages updated for Obama??

    February 21, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. David

    I keep saying – check out his lobbiest who ran his NH campaign – they were lobbiest for Pfizer. He also had his good friend Rezko indicted and Obama was caught pushing bills that were in his friends favor. Obama also purchased a home for 300K less than it was valued – who does he owe favors to? Not to mention that the Kennedy's are going to expect payback for all the support they gave him.

    Shaking my head at the clueless Obama supporters who are expecting things to change. Nothing is going to change.

    Oh, and don't be surprised when Obama starts to bring troops home and then 'suddenly' has to change course and keep them there longer.

    February 21, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Upstate NY

    I'm waiting to see how Obama handles it if it should be a Obama/McCain race.

    Obama's speeches will mean nothing and he will never be able to stand up to McCain. I guess, we will be in-store for another 4-8 years of Republican rule........grrrrrrrrrrr

    Obama would be smart to have an Obama/Clinton ticket if he truely wants the Democratic Party to be in-charge and fulfill his dream of change.

    February 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. meadowlands

    HC should pack it in. I'm not against a female president but the Clintons are bad for America. They disgraced the Whitehouse once and they'll do it again. They'll bring on all their cronies and rob the country blind. She speaks of her "experience". She was the wife of a president – not the president. She was a carpetbagger in NY to get to the senate. The Clintons are not interested in the US but rather what the US can do for them. Listen to Dick Morris – he knows them best of all. What about the Rose Law Firm, travelgate, her cool profit she made on her investments, the controversy with the Jewish community when she ran in NY. Those are her "35 years of experience" that she brings to the table. Obama in '08

    February 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Joshua

    Hey Westcoast Manager, you and Hillary have been getting not only egg but quiche in your face 10 times in a row. You and Hillary need to get some more target practice. And the excuse of the media anointing him is bull! Black men have been getting bad media coverage before Jesus was born, so there must be something special about him that attracts the people of not only the US but the world abroad .

    OBAMA 08-2016!

    February 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. hillary 08:

    democrats on the moon and outerspace.
    casted their votes and Hillary won 75% to 24% Obama, with 1% going to Dilbert.

    whoo hoo!

    Rock on Hillary!

    February 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Laura

    Experience is everything. Look at the resumes of the Democratic candidates, afterall we are not just voting we are actually HIRING the next President of the United States. Hillary Clinton, by far ,has the better resume. We're with you all the way Hillary!

    February 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. paul in pittsburgh


    February 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Ann Kuminns

    American citizens who live abroad are of course allowed to vote. I lived overseas for many years due to jobs etc.., but pay my taxes every year. So why are we not allowed to vote, seeing that we have to make a living wherever the job takes us. Anyway, most of us overseas tend ot have a broader view of the world and able to see more clearly how the country has been damaged over the last years. We look forward to a new day with someone who's not from the same-old, same-old. We respected Bill during his years, but Hillary is NOT Bill, and for that matter, her divisiveness will not help bring us back to good times. That's why most of us are hoping for Obama to lead us.

    February 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Ken

    John McCain himself admits he did some very shady things... perhaps we should listen to what he had to say in his memoir. You cannot come out all high-and-mighty and then refuse to answer for things that you have done and ADMITTED TO in your own past. Lets "get real".

    February 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Valdez

    Lots to like at home and abroad.

    February 21, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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