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. Todd Wheeler

    I just cast an early ballet in Ohio for Hillary Clinton. I am perfectly comfortable with giving her four years to change the course of our nation. In my opinion, and from this election forward, every president will truly have to present a compelling argument to keep the White House for a second term. I see health care as the single biggest domestic issue, with America losing its competitive advantage by continually asking corporations to pay for employee health care. Government *can and does* do great things if it remains accountable to its electorate. This nation has great education, infrastructure, military and they're *all* government programs. The only way health care could be mishandled by the government is if We The People don't involve ourselves in the process. Mrs. Clinton is, in my opinion, the best qualified candidate to work for a responsible health care plan.

    February 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Jaime Garcia

    I am a Republican and I was so moved by reading "Audacity of Hope" and hearing him that I will vote for him in November. I also made a small contribution.

    February 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Charlotte

    Lets see, we have 2 for Obama, 2 for Hillary and 4 undecided. That sounds to me as if Obama does not have a lock on this race.

    February 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Tristain Flowers, TX

    "We are the change we have been waiting for'
    Barack Obama

    If we all believe in our power and vote we can carry Texas. At that point, Clinton will have to concede for the party and we don't have to go into the convention fighting over superdelagates.

    Obama 08

    February 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Hillary, Hillary, it's time to concede defeat and move on.....

    February 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Paul

    This is the more reason why Obama is the One to lead our country and the world. He's getting landslides at home and abroad. Hilary should face reality and simply concede. I can't believe how power-hungry she is.

    February 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. JERRY



    February 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. CL Orlando

    11 in a Row! WOW!!!

    February 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    How the hel can people who are consideredd "expatriates" vote in the national elections?

    If this does exist...we need to seriously fix this abortion of national politics.

    February 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Andrew in Atlanta

    If you're interested in restoring our image across the globe, you have to like Obama's support from the people that actually live abroad and are tuned in to other country's perceptions of America.

    February 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. The J Guy from Canada

    Hey...I'll give you one better:

    he won by a 2 to 1 margin in a 'Canadian' poll for President over Mrs Clinton.

    Obama for Canadian Prime Minister in 08'

    (all we've got are a Stephen to the left and a Stephen to the right...)

    February 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. gwen mcgrew

    jack caffrey is sounding more and more like an Obama supported.
    He seems to be saying some very positive things about him .and using lots of wisdom ,

    I am glad he has finally come around to our side ! Keep-up
    the good work .

    Cnn has a good team,presentations and analysis has been great !!!!!

    February 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. michael, ny


    Wait for Hillary to say that people who live oversea dont matter.

    One question that has been puzzling me lately is Hillary's claim of 35 years of experience.

    If she's that experienced and qualified, how come she not able to manage her campain better?

    Despite lending $5 million to her campain in January, her campain still finished $7 million dollar in debt in January 08.

    She needs to call it quit so that the party can unite around a common purpose.

    February 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. dbacchus

    Barack Obama – 65 percent, Hillary Clinton – 32 percent. Democrats Abroad will send 22 delegates to the Democratic Convention, with HALF A VOTE EACH, carrying a total of 11 votes. Eight of the 22 will be superdelegates. (22-8)/2=7 votes.... And I wonder how did they split these 7 votes...

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Why do people even bother to vote? :)))

    February 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Obama 08

    Do this make it 11 in the row????

    Obama 08

    February 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Jen-0-palooza

    This is because the countrymen/women and all around the world, people KNOW we need Obama, and NOW, not in 4 years and not as a VP.
    The world KNOWS we do not need another Clinton run.

    February 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Nee

    True, this is interesting and a clear sign that Hillary should do the appropriate thing and drop out of the 2008 race. She will have 8 yrs to get her act together.

    OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Texas

    Who care's??????? Even "intelligent elected" supporters can't even name one accomplishment he has done while being a Senator? How sad is that! No wonder our country is in shambles, nobody learned one thing from electing George Bush, Jr in 2000. We reap what we sow.

    February 21, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Teresa in MN

    I think that sometimes those living abroad have a clearer view of the candidates. They are not getting pummelled with headlines from the media. They tend to get their information from reliable, less sensational sources. Sometimes when we are barraged with the media's infammatory words, we lose the forest for the trees.

    Let's not be victims of the sensationalism of media. If you want real information about the candidates, go to their websites and look at their position papers (or just the summaries they post under "issues"). This is a big contest and we need to make informed decisions rather than just repeat what we see in the headlines.

    Look into it folks. And read the history on the candidates – their successes and their failures speak volumes about them. Wikipedia has good biographies on both candidates. We can't afford to get it wrong this time.

    February 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. jan

    Hillary said they dont count.... so that is it they dont count............
    look up the sky is falling

    February 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Ed Russell

    Yeah only the media to show you the differences.

    According to them there are not policy differences?

    Dont fall for Republican tricks and vote Obama, its what they want!!!

    In an election that should be an overwhelming victory for democrats now with Obama we have a dog fight!!! Whats now in play, elders, latinos, veterans. And if your going to point to polls showing an Obama lead over Mccain then consider:
    A)not one poll has been correct, more than half miss their margin of error
    B) Its called the electoral college and it matters what states you win. Obama will lose Florida, maybe Cali. Obama will lose the Southwest

    Obama touts lobbist reform as a major accomplishment, McCains name is on the Bill for god sakes!!! Its not McCain-Obama for a reason!!

    February 21, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. jo


    Have you ever heard of people living in other countries due to their jobs..or in the service...why does everything has to be about how patriotic you are? These people are still citizens of the United States, what is your point?

    February 21, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Amy Williams

    Clinton should drop out for the good of the party.

    Let's not drag out this defeat any longer.

    We need to gear up to take on the GOP.

    February 21, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. ObamaSUPPORTER

    Obama is kicking some behind, man! Keep it coming.

    February 21, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Very Good point Aaron! These are americans that are abroad RPF! basically a chance for those people off shore to have a say! But Aaron has a point! they voted for him without the rally's and "lofty rhetoric" so maybe that saw the issues!! WAIT A MINUTE that cant be right! LOL

    February 21, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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