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. Brittany McGrath

    Americans must look at this vote for Obama, by the Democrats Abroad Global Primary, as a crucial element in choosing our nominee come August. If our country is to rebound from the humiliating term of George W. Bush we need to elect a president whose appeal will transcend our national borders.

    February 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Robert Holmen

    Pledged to whom?

    The report is interesting but is confusing and leaves out important information. It appears that there will be 8 superdelegate votes at the convention with two presently leaning toward Obama, two toward Clinton, and four undecided. It also appears there will be 7 pledged delegate votes at the convention, but pledged to whom? The report doesn't mention this salient fact. Are we to infer that they are pledged 100% to Obama since he won the vote? Or will they be apportioned? How?

    February 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Irishdem

    He's STILL not going to have enough come the convention, Hillary isn't going to back down, and it will be up to the Superdelegates. Unless collectively they are all bribed by the Clintons, I can't see them putting the skids on what is clearly a populist explosion. Obama's going to get the nod. The last nail in the coffin would be a timely endorsement from John Edwards before March 4th...

    February 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Nobama No way

    I see Obama as the Ryan Leaf of this year's Presidential election. Played well at the college (state) level, and is all hype, but once he gets behind center, he won't measure up.



    February 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    My family in England have been watching this election and even though they are not U.S. citizens have been rooting for Obama. The world needs America to be its leader and they know that America and the world can begin to unite again with Barack at the helm.

    February 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. James

    People I have just realized that Obama is a combination of Martin Luther King!!! and John F Kennedy!!! If he is about change which i belive he is. He will have the greatest potential to lead this country in a right direction.

    February 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Brandon

    These are the voters who know and deal with the international opinion the most. If they are voting Obama, that means that the places they live are likely supporting his message as well.

    February 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    She said she didn't want to be part of the first generation of Americans that didn't leave the country better off than when they inherited it, which recalls John Edwards's line about how we don't want to be the first generation of Americans whose children do worse in life than they did.

    February 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    She talked about how, if video stores can keep track of their tapes and DVDs, surely we can keep track of people here on visas, many of whom overstay them and become illegal immigrants. I've heard Edwards make the same point, except he explicitly cites Blockbuster.

    February 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Who cares. The focus is on Ohio and Texas.

    Hillary 08!

    February 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. RAFAEL

    She argued that our young men and women in Iraq are doing everything we ask of them; it's the Bush administration and the Iraqi government who are letting them down. Edwards has argued that our soldiers have done everything we've asked of them; it's our government that's letting them down.

    February 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Dave, SC


    Yes, expatriates do get to vote because they also serve their country.

    February 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Julan

    OBAMA RUles

    February 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Gerry


    Not sure you've noticed but Lou Dobbs is aggressively against Obama. I think he still has hope for an independent like Bloomberg to run-or he just wants to sell more books. He's so obvious it's pathetic.

    Has anyone noticed the only emails he reads are ones that compliment him, and say they've just became independents.

    If there is any bios in reporting Lou Dobbs is at the top of the list.-and he certainly isn't for Obama. Or is it just that CNN want to keep Hillary in the race to continue the primaries. After all, their ratings blow through the roof right now-which means more revenue.

    February 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. houston for Obama

    Obama has a chance to be a great president

    February 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Yve

    This is great news. It goes to the point that Obama would make the best President right now. We need someone in office that not only appeals to Americans but to those Abroad.

    We need to reestablish ourselves as a powerhouse again. We are in more danger of terrorism now than before 9-11. Insurgents that did not exist prior to 9-11 in Iraq are there now. We need someone that talks to the people. This isn't just America's election, this has become a global election. We need someone that will talk not only to our allies but to our so-called enemies.

    I use the term so-called because had we not have had Reagan, Bush, Clinton(who did have a moment of economic glory thanks in part to dot.com markets) and then Bush again we wouldn't have these "created enemies" Who had the most to gain financially in going into war in Iraq? Bin Laden still hasn't been caught and when the planes the World Trade Center Bin Ladens' family were taken out of our Country when their was a no fly order enacted.

    While we continue to allow the Bush Administration to drain our country dry, other nations are putting their money into their future...the youths. In China only 1% of the children attend private school.

    "For the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of my country" because the level of participation is heart warming. Now people don't want to give credit were credit is due...(but we know why this is)
    America is beginning to feel United. United does not just mean states united, it's beginning to mean " The People's United States of America" We are in serious trouble folks and this level of participation should extend into our backyards. We need to make sure we elect people that will have the constituents interest not favors. Congress woman Stephanie Tubb Jones D-Ohio, stated that even if her constituents voted for Obama she would have to give her super delegate vote to Hillary because she gave her her word. Now yes your word is your bond as we say in the hood but how about your commitment to your constituents? Being a leader is not doing favors for a candidate but to keep your word to your constituents.

    So not only do we need Americans to vote for President but we need to vote in our state. Your participation or lack of will create the future Super-delegates so if you are not happy with what is going on it will have to change from " the bottom up"

    February 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. rb

    "We can do it! Change!"
    They just need your support and vote.
    Nobody is going to let you do or change anything.
    Do you really think with the economy problems this country is facing it's possible to achieve all the promises and at the same time to change all the mentality in “Washington”. It looks to me like a new revolution, but most of the time change doesn't do any good – not for us. Or it’s going to take a long, long time for a change to be accomplished. Can we afford it?
    Words don't mean anything and we know that better then anybody.
    I hope that our next president will make America proud and all people in America happy. I am scared and I am afraid it's all promises -weather it Clinton, Obama or Mccain. We are the once who suffer.

    February 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Democracy

    Everyone here in the US and abroad knows that he is honest, has integrity and will lead with the people, will restore our credibility, will work with us the people to create more jobs, will dialogue with all nations just like many nations want to dialogue with us, instead of bombing people.
    While McCain and Hillary keep saying experience, look where we are with the so call experience, we have gotten nowhere, most of the world hates the policies, most of the world and most of this country is against the war, which those two voted for and keep supporting......we in the whole world and here in the US are living with the consequences of their so called experience, which is but old politics, fight fight fight, and never consider any negotiations, never sit with other nations but impose impose impose.
    The true American values are not war, hate and lies, the true American values are equality, fairness, choices, dialogue, and such.
    Only Obama can bring those back to the table............

    February 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. RAFAEL

    Finally, she made the point that opposing comprehensive immigration reform is tantamount to supporting amnesty, because it allows the present situation to continue. I've heard John McCain make the same point. (At least I think it was him–it's possible that it was some other non-Hillary candidate.)

    February 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. LRB

    rpf, i may live in a different country, but i am still a u.s. citizen, have a mortgage in the states, own property in the states, PAY TAXES IN THE STATES...

    by your reasoning, people serving abroad in the military should not be aloud to vote.

    we are u.s. citizens and thus constitutionally entitled to vote.

    February 21, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. nason

    bravo obama! hillary is all out to hurt our candidate and nominee before going down.
    people have spoken its time to go home hillary. politics is a game of timing,once you miss your timing you are gone.

    February 21, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. mk

    For JP/Michigan;
    Do you really believe that if there were something worth finding out about Obama that the Clintons would not have used it by now?
    Don't kid yourself. If there was something worth "vetting" they would be spewing it all over the place.

    This "not fully vetted" argument doesn't fly and everybody knows it.

    February 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. terry

    This is a start to the healing of eyes from abroad. The global statement has meaning-you can't take that for granted. I'm an indenpendent, but I think that Obama has far more potential to improve the way the world looks at us than does Hillary.

    I'm not sure I will vote for in Ohio yet, but it just might be Obama.

    February 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. TruthFirst

    Obama´s change is borderless. THAT'S A REAL FACT!

    February 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Edward

    This is the perfect time for Hillary to end her campaign and fully endorse Obama, It is likely but not certain that she will lose the nomination so a withdrawal now and full support for her rival will re-abilitate her in the eyes of many, dispel her critics and her her party and country unite. plus she will put herself in a really good position for a VP pod. everybody but the roght wingers will be satisfied.

    I doubt she has the grace to see things hat way however which is precisely why she is in the position she is in now.

    Yes We can!

    February 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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