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. Teresa in MN

    Of course expatriates can vote in US elections – they are still citizens, and will most likely return to live in the US again.

    And I agree with the poster that wrote that those living abroad are acutely aware of which candidate can repair the world's image of the US (and it is not the polarizing Senator Clinton).

    February 21, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. David Jones

    Way to go!

    Go Obama!!

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    February 21, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Breandán Knowlton

    As an american living in Ireland, I was delighted to have the chance to vote in the primaries, and I look forward to voting for Obama in the general election.

    I suspect that the political coverage here might be even more detailed than in the US - Irish media and even my local university student paper have covered the Democratic contest closely, state-by-state.

    Of course, political junkies like me turn to the Internet for political news these days.

    February 21, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Wondering Voter

    Why are the superdelegates not responding to the voters? Are the Clintons cashing in "political capital" to steal the nomination?

    One has to wonder what is going on behind the scenes.

    February 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. jo

    Harreit Hollander:

    What are you talking about..he is talking about fixing roads..hospitals, schools, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

    February 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Nechia NY

    I find this great that expats can actually be invoved in US politics while abroad. I am awaiting the day that this country actually fixes the voting process here domestic. So many of the voting poll sites in NY had voting booths that were broken. Its 2008 and we still have yet to come up with a better system smh sad! Well at least we have a system abroad that seem to be doing well great!

    February 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Darryl M

    I recently attending the Obama rally in Dallas Texas and I was truly amazed.

    He spoke of MLK the "Urgency Of Now" I really didn't have a clue of what he was talking about . So, I went home and google it.and watch it in a way that I never seen it before. I invite everyone regardless of skin color.

    The lesson is a simple, it take all of use working togather to make change work.

    In my life journey I will continue to help those to make positive change happen in my life time.

    I love our world and I love the United States of America, and like Michelle Obama, I too am very prould of America. Let's roll up our sleeves and get busy.

    February 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. maxwellinformed

    We are the Decider

    February 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Chris

    Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island — Let's wrap this up and secure the nomination for Obama. We have the momentum. We can end the back and forth, and begin the campaign for the Presidency with your help! Mobilize for Obama and deliver a strong win for us in your states. If you do, if each of your states rise to win for Obama, the pressure on the Clintons to suspend their campaign and support the Obama nomination will permit us all to begin the work of building a national movement for change that will culminate in a November win against McCain.

    We can do this. We can make history together. We can send a message to the Clintons, to the DNC, to the Super Delegates, and to the American people, that we are ready to stand up for ourselves and each other, that we are ready to embrace the urgency of this moment, that we are ready to be empowered — in short, that we are ready to elect Barack Obama President of the United States of America.

    Yes, We Can!

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

    Go Obama Go

    February 21, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Roz, IL

    RPF, those people abroad are american citizens working abroad. get a clue....geesh

    February 21, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Teresa in MN

    Another thing about expatriates and their right to vote in US elections. . . Not only are they citizens, but expressly BECAUSE they live abroad they are impacted in many ways by our administration – especially foreign policy.

    These are the people that are affected in a very big way by foreign policy. . . and they voted 2 to 1 for Obama. What does that tell you?

    February 21, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. WestCoastMessenger

    You folks shouldn't be counting your chickens before your eggs hatch. You could end up with a bit of egg on your face. The really GOOD news for Obama is that he is still the media's anointed one, and the media is now gunning for McCain. However, now that they are taking their focus off of Hillary it is an opportunity for her to rise from the ashes. Remember, don't mess with Texas. Texans don't like people telling them who's gonna win and who they should vote for. Also, there's another way of looking at Obama down in Texas - maybe he's got a head that can wear a really BIG HAT, but he stil got NO CATTLE.

    February 21, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Philip, NY



    February 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Nick

    Another win for Obama.

    Maybe his next speech can include something about walls and handwriting too.

    February 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Nick B

    This is very interesting! I think this is telling to Obama's popularity all over the world. Surely, the Democrats abroad who decided to vote were influenced, to some degree by members of the communities that they live in.

    This was a week long primary, and I think it qualifies as a good, comprehensive gauge of Obama's superior appeal to members of the international community. I am very excited about the United States' potential to regain a respectable standing with other countries around the globe.

    Thank you Senator Obama!!

    February 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. randy

    I voted for obama in united kingdom.Obama 08!

    February 21, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. henrie alabama

    obama is the man

    February 21, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. RAFAEL

    In response to a question about excessive partisanship, she talked about how she's not running to be president of the states that voted for Democrats, she's running to be president of the United States. This closely resembles Obama's "I don’t want to pit red America against blue America. I want to be the President of the United States of America."

    February 21, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. RAFAEL

    She talked about goals "I hope will bring our country together," a la Barack Obama.

    February 21, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Adam

    I'm voting Repub. if Obama wins. He will ruin this country (Obama that is).

    February 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. story

    large % of american living abroad are students
    & they are aventourous¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

    February 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. On a Roll

    Obama has momentum in the US and abroad. Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. KJ in Dallas, TX

    Imagine... a presidential candidate that is virtually scandal and corruption free. Someone that is honorable, respects himself, his family, the US and its citizens.


    OBAMA, 2008!

    February 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Peter Crawford

    Message to Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton

    For America, for the world, please step aside and join the "majority " that are hunger for change, hunger for the beautiful America I still remember when I was a child. ( I am now 68 years old )

    I remember America as a shining beacon, an example of what hope, liberty and equality was all about. Please don't stand in the way but instead celebrate and rejoice with Obama and the people of the world in uniting behind Obama and America.

    Thank you.
    Peter Crawford
    Senior Citizen

    February 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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