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. joanna

    Obama is a POLITICIAN people! He will say ANYTHING to get you to vote for him. But the proof is in the pudding...YOU think he will be able to deliver on his "promises" barely knowing anything about this charlatan and his foot-in-her-mouth wife. If he gets elected he, will be just another president with more than he can handle, every president elected in the last 60 plus years promised changes and we are still waiting for those promises, that is what happens when people get fooled by empty promises lacking substance, typical of Americans brought up on celebrities like Oprah and others of similar ilk. NO one can really change our fossilized political process without breaking the Constitution to make those "changes" , YOU are being had big time! Some day you will wish for the good ole times of GWB!

    If not HIllary, then McCain but not Obama the pretender!

    February 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. E Fabian

    I cannot wait for Obama to win the Presidency and finally be exposed as the inexperienced talk show host that he is. I cannot believe how many people he has fooled.
    People want motivation, than purchase a Tony Robbins DVD for cryin out loud. This man's plans are sketchy at best and he has no business running a country.

    God save the US!!!

    February 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Offbeat Rock

    Americans abroad are the best judges of foreign policy as they have first hand experience of how America is viewed abroad. The old mans arguement that Obama is inexperiencedc in foreign policy falls flat with this mandate

    February 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Go Obama! We know you can help us change our ways for the better! It is time to stop being afraid of each other and learn to help each other succeed whether we know each other or not! This is one atheist who thinks that Obama will bring people together to watch out for each other and learn to help one another instead of worrying only about those we know or agree with our religious ideals. Let us help the children who need us – let us help the homeless, the poor, the seniors without families. Let us unite to change how we view each other and other countries!

    February 21, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Verni

    This just goes to show who absentee voters will be supporting in November. I hear the troops are also supporting Obama!


    February 21, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Jen, Gainesville

    It is a movement! Good for the country, which many people do care.

    February 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Amsterdamer

    It shows how global Obama's popularity is.

    February 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. HOLA

    As an American living abroad I agree with the comment regarding feeling uneasy during Bush's presidency. Bush ruined the respect people once had of Americans while traveling abroad.

    I, along with my friends (even those that are not American) have been following this election closely. Initially, we were in favor of either Obama or Hillary but after the way Hillary has run her campaign, from negative attacks to leading her campaign into a budget deficeit, it has become more and more clear that Obama is the best candidate for the Democratic Party. I hope to be voting for him while living abroad come November.

    February 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. carol

    I dont understand this at all, the media quickly bashes Clinton, but are scared to death to say anything about Obama. You guys havent been fair to her since day one. Mrs. Obama insulted the US the other day, but its quickly forgotten about.

    February 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    The people who live abroad and have seen the impact of the current administration seem to know what would be best for America – An Obama Presidency is a step in the right direction to give our country a positive image where they live as well! Obama 08!

    February 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Chanda -Cincinnati

    Its funny how Hillary supporters always say who cares when Obama wins. With all their egss in Ohio and Texas, what will they say win/if she loses those states as well. I started out a Hillary supporter over a year ago, but her tired politics made me quickly change to Barack. People keep downing his policies, when they are not that different from those of Sen. Clinton. I want Barack to get the nod, but if by some miracle (and I don't mean a cheating one) Hillary wins, I will support her in Nov. I don't thnk she has a snowball chance in you know where of beating McCain, but I will support my party's choice. The ultimate goal for any Democrat should be GET THE REPUBLICANS THE HELL OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!! PERIOD.

    February 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Lizzie M

    I feel that if an American chooses to move to another country and take up residency there, they should not be allowed to vote in our elections. What is the point of all of this. If you choose to live elsewhere then become a citizen of that nation, get involved in their politicis and leave us alone.

    If these people are sent there because of their jobs, this is another story.

    I just don't understand, why our tax payers should even have to foot the bill for these people.

    February 21, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Steve

    I think it was said best last evening. Hillary is a politician. Barack is a statesman. We've got plenty of politicians. We don't have many true statesmen (or women). I think it a bit odd that everyone is focused on whether or not the individuals can do the job. There has not been a single president that has done the job by himself. Good presidents appoint good people who are experts in their field, and put them to work. It's called their Cabinet. Barack's performance in the elections show that he is adept at getting the right people in the field, and leveraging his organization's strengths to play against Hillary's organizational weaknesses. Hillary's own people have admitted they're getting beaten on the ground repeatedly by a well-organized and effective Obama organization. To me, this shows that Barack knows how to get the right people in the right jobs, and make them effective. That, my friends, is what makes a good president. That subtlety is missed by the Clinton campaign.

    February 21, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Isabella(a.k.a.)"Awaiting Moderation"

    The reason no one questions Obama on his past is the same reason I hardly ever get my anti Obama comments published. People are afraid of the race issue. If they call him on his past, they will be called racist. Once again, color is ruling our society.

    February 21, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Matthew

    I live in Canada, nearly everyone in this Country hates American's (not all of us), they see Americans as uneducated, overweight, resource hogs (I do not, you have compiled the greatest Nation and People in the Worlds history), this is not recent nor can it be attributed to Bush, they will feel the same with Obama, foreigners are concerned with nothing but their own agenda, having a president Europeans dont like is probably a sign that you may have the right guy for the job.

    February 21, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Leo

    I truly believe Mr. Obama cares about this country as much as he does about his own well being and that of his family. Mr. Obama may make a mistake but he will own up to it. He will then learn from that mistake and improve upon it. After observing Hillary the last few weeks I honestly believe she would not own up to her mistakes. She is the type of person to cover up a mistake to protect her image. Our nation needs something better.

    February 21, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. payal

    American citizens and other people abroad talk about Bush being the worst presiodent and Obama not Hillary should be @ the Whitehouse.
    Honestly speaking I feel both have similar policies but peolple feel they can trust Obama over Hillary and he is definitely more likable.
    Frankely this image of his does matter.he seems to be without the "baggage"
    Go Obama...!

    February 21, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. ct

    Anonymous, if I were you I wouldn't be saying "Who cares?" about 11 delegate votes when Hilary is BEHIND...

    February 21, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Cory Fisher

    What is Hillary gonig to say now? That the demographics were not good for here too?

    You know. Being able to be the "winning" candidate usually mean you win more than you loose universally. Not that you won a couple states with big populations.

    February 21, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Robert

    It is unfortunate that in this day of American cultural ineffectiveness, we continue to follow leaders who feel that it is both acceptable and patriotic to have a stance of non-communication with countries who do not dance to our tune. In reality, it is neither acceptable nor patriotic. It is simply idiotic. Thank God for a leader like Obama who understands this. We are great enough to communicate. And we have had enough of isolationist ignorance. It is easy to be proud of an America that does not frustrate 3rd world countries with arrogance. It is easy to be proud of Obama. Give intelligence a chance!

    February 21, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Becky In Indiana

    Is the Clinton camp still trying to claim a tie???

    February 21, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Linda Flayton

    The NY TIMES story about McCain only confirms that the day for wooing by candidates and lobbiests is a part of Washington tactics that has to be minimized. Obama can bring a breath of fresh air to the entrenched polotics practiced by beltway insiders.Change is coming!!

    February 21, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Greg, NY

    How do they only have half a vote, that's ridiculous. What happens if it's uneven? Do they round up or are Hillary and Obama going to have 1213.5 delegates or something like that?

    Someone suggested above, why not just send 11 delegates with a whole vote, that makes more sense.

    February 21, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Josh

    "Rest of the world also want to see the worst president in the US history. And of course, the worst first lady too."

    Sorry, my friend, that title belongs to the W. The most worthless person to ever hold the Office.

    February 21, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Bayou Joe

    I wonder how many of these Democrats abroad would be living there if we had allowed Germany to take over Europe?

    February 21, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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