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. Matthew

    I hope that all of the individuals that post comments in this area appreciate the irony of the decisions they want to make.

    All of the same people that will vote for Barak Obama to end the war, will be the same people in 4 years from now that wil be demanding the return of America to stop the genocide, much like those same people advocate hekping in Sudan.

    The decision has already been made, most of YOU agreed with it when it happened, it has happened, and now it is time to deal with the consequences; this is not a conversation as to whether it was a good idea to go in, its already done, the decision is does America turn its back on the good people of Iraq that are interested in change and democracy, by leaving the only thing you have done is identify every reasonable iraqi citizen and you can be the reason for their death in 2008 if Barak is President.

    February 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. John

    You know...

    If you look at the popular vote, Obama has 52% to Clinton's 48%. That's hardly declaring the will of the entire Democratic party.

    How can anyone make that declaration until all primaries are held? I think it's good that we have 2 viable candidates until the last primary is contested.

    February 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Taylor

    The thought of this man running our country terrifies me. If Hillary doesn't win, I'm team McCain all the way.

    February 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. mb

    Who is Obama? Empty words? Do nothing Senator? Secret collusion with lobbyists while presenting a false image opposing them? Taking money from Renzko, the crook, and supporting his slumlord practices? What are his legislative accomplishment? [None is the true answer.] An empty shirt who sounds like a paid inspirational speaker on the circuit. [Look at all his phoney metaphors and canned phrases: "Houston it looks like liftoff", "lets give a shout", "just words " plagiarism, "stew me and boil out the hope", ] Jeeeeez, this guy can manipulate the gullible public like the snake oil sales man that he is. WHAT HAS HE DONE? WHAT IS HIS EXPERIENCE TO QUALIFY HIM FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTRY? EVEN INTERVIEWEES FOR THE LOWEST JOBS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE. HE DOESNT EVEN QUALIFY TO BE ON THE STAGE................GO HILLARY.

    February 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. ED

    The truth of the mater is this, if she does not win BOTH TX and OH AND win them with a HUGE lead, then she should concede, otherwise she will be hurting the whole party by dragging this all the way to the convention

    AND, at this point she would have not only lost the nomination, but also she would loose any of the respect, the people "had" for the Clinton's

    She is walking a very fine line!!!

    In the other hand, if she wins big in TX and OH, then she earned some face value to stay in the race

    I truly doubt she will win any state with large margins at this point

    February 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Closely Watching

    As these are people who are somewhat detached from the flood of media coverage at home, I do not see how they can be labeled as Obama-bots, Kool-Aid Drinkers or Mesmerized Cult Followers. More importantly, they are seeing first hand how badly our reputation has been damaged abroad, and I would also suggest that most of them are well educated and have independently researched both candidates. They did not vote in red states or caucuses, they simply voted. While I agree that the Clinton's should never be counted out until the last vote is counted, it seems it is time to take a hard look at the writing on the wall...if it is not over then the last lap is being run and Senator Clinton is nearly out of breath, if not rhetoric. It is time for change, and not just a change of the party in power but one of politics as usual. Obama '08.

    February 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Offbeat Rock

    It is time to get real. It is time for solutions. Hillary must get real and get out of the race. It is obvious she has not been able to find good solutions to her sinking campaign. How can America trust her to have solutions for a change hungry America.

    February 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Dear RPF:

    The answer to your question is.... Kind of.

    They are allowed to vote because the Democratic Party is basically a private organization choosing who it will support for the public election.

    They will only be able to vote in the public, General Election if they are still citizens of the US, I believe.

    Fired up!
    Obama '08!

    February 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. anon

    Obama has accomplished very little in the senate and has a VERY partisan voting record.

    We don't need yet another inexperienced, partisan president!

    We need someone who is independent and can get things done: John McCain!

    February 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. An Agnostic Democrat

    Yes, the world is watching, and I like what they see. Talk about a global perspective and more affirmation that this nation is ready and due for CHANGE.

    Hillary there are several thousand long distance phone calls you need to take. Oh that's right, they are not important either.

    And just to remind you you elitist, entitled thug: These weren't caucuses, primaries, purple states, red states or blue states ... H'mm, have I forgotten anyone you've dismissed 11 elections ago? People can see what an empty plan and promise maker you are across the miles, oceans and seas. Your image, integrity and decency is everything and it ain't transportin' too well either.

    February 21, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. aliou

    I thought the republican party and the Bushes are the worse thing that ever happened to America!!!

    Tell me which other candidate for presidency of America has shown the vitality and intelligence Candidate Obama has shown until now in American History!!! (Except Kennedy )

    Show me one first lady who is as smart as Mrs. Obama. And don't go telling me that she said she wasn't proud of US because you all took her words out of context.
    Those who did took her words out of context just showed their stupidity in public.

    Tell me when is it that we americans have had a candidate who was Black and at the same time white? When did that ever happen?

    When I am talking to my sons and daughters, I never know when they are talking as White people or as Black people. These are a category of people apart from all of us. And in America, there are several people who are so mixed that you don't even begin to know what part of them is chinese, greek, german, african, irish, indian or other. My mother is a mixture of greek, english, turkish and persian from her ancestry.
    My father is scottish, indian and french in his line of ancestry.

    My wife is african american and cherokee, but I suspect she is even british according to some members of her immediate family's ancestry.

    What do you make of my children?

    America has made the world a better place than any other continent except for Africa by making it possible for such groups of people to meet and live together. we just need to make it a better place understanding world for all of us, an equal opportunity place.

    Well, I am one white man who supports the children that we have had the courage to bring into this world who happen not to be of our race.

    Lots of white women are out there marrying Black Football players and so on or other successful blacks, and even not so successful ones; do we think their children are going to stand by as we favor our other (white) childrenover them for ever?

    Blacks have long accepted and integrated mixed children in their race. It is high time we also claim these children to be our own.

    I claim mine. I teach them how to be a white man or a white woman, and my wife teach them how to be black men and women in the same person, so they wouldn't be cheated on by anyone from any of their ancestry. They deserve the double benefits.

    We need to stop the ignorance. Black and white are human being with equal status.

    When I vote for obama, I am voting for a better america. Not the old apartheid and slave one.

    February 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Another John Doe

    I cant wait for the day when all those Obama fans realize that the man they voted into the office was selling a dream...turning into a nightmare on day 101 of his presidency.

    Being a dual citizen from Europe living in the US and still reading foreign newspapers daily I belive the people who can restore respect for the US in the world are McCain and Clinton, not Obama.

    February 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Les

    I am for Obama, but was keeps puzzling me is all the random negativity about Obama's message. The guys who is question his want to change every city, county, state.. Come on brother. You can't admit that our country is in need of inspiration? New goals? New pride? It has been too long since our country has actually stood up in the global community and claimed its leadership role. Peace, love, Obama '08!

    February 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Sa

    These democrats abroad, I believe, also include the troops.


    Obama 2008!

    February 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Scott in New York

    It is just so easy for all of you "liberals" to continuously throw the Clintons under the bus. The Democrat party would not be what it is today without the Clintons.

    Obama is NOT the second coming of Christ that you all think he is!

    February 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Ronald, American living abroad

    Thank you Democrats Abroad for making this primary possible!
    Obama in 08 with support from central Europe.

    February 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Jay Tugbeh, M.

    America, do not sit there and loss your global credentials. As this process requires us voting on party level abroad. Although, I am not an American.The next round is selling your integrity out to the East. Please, please, be aware of goats in sheep clothing.

    February 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. marge

    Anonymous February 21st, 2008 11:30 am ET

    Who cares. The focus is on Ohio and Texas.

    Hillary 08!

    The focus should be on "reading the writing on the wall". ITS OVER!!!!
    Even if she wins Ohio and Texas,she won't win BIG enough to help her!!! She will still be behind!!!!
    What about this do you not understand???? The HillBill show is over!!!!
    IF you had a clue about how this process works, YOU WOULD CARE...The Clintons care,and it scares them! They need EVERY vote they can get!!!!

    February 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Lawrence

    Congratulations Obama on winning the Global Democratic Vote. You truly are a freshing change this country needs.

    February 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Sandra

    Congratulations Mr. Obama! We will continue to unite and get everyone aboard (abroad?). We will never be a perfect nation and you will never be a perfect leader. We know this, the people of this country are aware that it is up to us to work hard and to work together. This is the United States of America and the word United will take on a new meaning. Thank you.


    February 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Ken Phillips, Jersey City, NJ

    How come the other MSM Outlets like CNN are N-O-T covering this ???
    U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E !!!!!!!!!!!

    From The Washington Post – – –
    New York City Still Tallying Votes
    By Robin Shulman

    NEW YORK - It's been 15 days since Super Tuesday, but New York City is still waiting to find out if Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton won the most-contested areas.
    The Board of Elections has acknowledged that errors in reporting the election day tallies made it appear that Obama had received not a single vote in 55 election districts, when in reality his votes had simply not been counted, said Valerie Vazquez-Rivera, a spokeswoman for the board. In another 27 districts, Obama actually received no votes, she said.
    Vazquez-Rivera attributed the discrepancies to human error as exhausted inspectors rushed to copy columns of numbers to be delivered to the police and then to the press.
    "People have been working 16 and 17 hour days," she said. "There were instances where they just left the Obama field blank."
    But Tuesday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, described the results as "fraud."
    "If you want to call it significant undercounting, I guess that's a euphemism for fraud," the mayor said.
    No election districts reported that Clinton received no votes.
    A representative of the Obama campaign said the campaign was not concerned, and blamed the layout of the ballot, in which Clinton was listed first and Obama came fifth, right next to candidates who actually received 0 votes in many districts.
    The Board of Elections expects to announce official elections results for the city next week. It is common for cities and states to take weeks to officialize their results, including absentee and provisional ballots.
    But in this hotly contested election, Obama's uncounted votes could make a difference. On Feb. 5, Clinton won 61 of New York state's 62 counties, but beat Obama in Brooklyn by less than 2 percent, a margin that could be affected by the miscount. More importantly, tallying an additional several hundred votes in some districts could help Obama gain several more delegates.

    February 21, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. LifeLongDemocrat

    One of the definitions of most electable is getting the wins in the large states. Pretty hard to win without California and Florida for example.

    Remeber, in the open primaries independents and Republicans can vote as democrats and will play a role in selecting out candidate. Wonder what theri motivation is? MMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmm...don't think they will pick the strongest candidate. Karl Rove does it again and he's hiding in Vancouver.

    February 21, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Tony

    This is what is going to happen in Texas and Ohio. It's disgusting from the Democratic party that their superdelegates continue to support Hillary in big disproportion to the voters will. I really hope that vuture will bring changes that would reduce the possibilities for this type of undemocratic trends.

    February 21, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Jim Shimmer

    Obama is truly someone who can restore America's tarnished image. He is a leader and he will bring about much needed change. Its about time to distance ourselves from the same old millionaire politicians who do nothing for our country but talk.

    He is an average guy who is willing to give up so much to fight for his country. McCain and Hillary both represent the same ol dirty washington politics of yesterday. Enuff is Enuff. We want someone who cares about the average american. We want OBAMA!

    February 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Sean

    Anonymous: You should care! It's all of the Clinton supporters that try to downplay losses that are making this election ugly!

    February 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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