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. Jane, College Park

    To those who say Obama is inexperienced, I say top you.


    Also, I have never heard of any other Vet who milked America because of his service as much as McCain.

    Lets' move the USA forward. Go USA.

    February 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Uba

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!!!11

    February 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Jim, American in Paris

    Hillary has won 3 of the 4 biggest States in terms of population and delegates: California, New York and Florida. Only Texas remains and she is leading Obama in what everyone knows is here territory there.

    The democrats can't hope to win the election in November with Obama and I think a lot of superdelegates as well as other democrats are starting to realize this problem.

    He has won none of the 4 biggest states which everyone kowns would certainly mean defeat in November for the democrats.

    Hillary Clinton has already won handily in 3 of these 4 states!

    Remember Florida in 2000!

    So who wants to bet on Obama with the known risk that would imply for November?

    February 21, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Amy Williams

    "Rest of the world also want to see the worst president in the US history. "

    We've seen him. He's George W. Bush.

    Obama will remake Americans image around the world. His inspiring story will show that america is a tolerant place where anyone can succeed if they've got the skill.

    Think of it as America 2.0, a brand makeover.

    Seriously, ask any American abroad and they will tell you the DAMAGE that George Bush has done to the USA. Go ahead, ask them. Anyone who has vacationed abroad has head to endured dirty looks and lectures and badmouthing.

    Hallelujah, the dark Bush years are over. It's Morning in America again! Go Obama 2008!

    February 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Dee Dee

    As a New Yorker,,,I still rememeber the fact that Hillary only attended one funeral during our dark days following 9/11.
    And the one she attended was a media filled event due to the death of the much loved Father Judge.
    Of course she was there at the memorial service,,,but again so was the Media....

    I suspect in Hillary's world...its all about Hillary

    February 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Dan

    Obama lacks experience. he is all talk. He preaches what people want to hear, but there is no substance. I don't like either candidate. Besides, it is nice that in some states, 75-85% of Black voters support him. Talking about making this election racial. He won my state of Maine, but I am not talking about white states. I am talking about mixed southern states.

    February 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Peter Canada 4 Obama!

    It had to convince Hillary supporters that the race is over, not to talk about Hillary herself.
    They love her soo much they will even die for her, but guys its do us no Good if Democrats have to fight against each other. Sad .. it is sad for now maybe those had minded or die haerted Hillary supporters will accept losses for once and join the voice of all democrats.

    Obama won majority at home and abroad that was not a fault of CNN.
    Everyone change>
    I beg you Hillarrance to join Obama because if you really cares about Democrats party, you have to do something now NOW is the time to stop and think.
    God Bless you.

    February 21, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. WV Girl

    In todays paper that covers the tristate are of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia shows that Obama is leading in Ohio polls. Go OBAMA!!!

    February 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. LG PA

    Does that then mean that Obama gets 11 delegates & Clinton gets 7 delegates with 4 undecided? Anyone know?

    February 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. American in Beijing

    There is nothing worse than when someone asks you where you are from and you have to lie and say another country. I have visited more than 25 countries. Before Bush 43, I would proudly say I was American. Once Bush tarnished the view of America I had to start saying I was from Spain, Canada, Ireland, etc.

    It's time that the view of America is restored. I like both candidates, but only Barack can do that. Trust me...I live it everyday!

    February 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Godchild

    President Barack Obama,


    February 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Adam, Pittsburgh

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

    anon: Find me a senator in recent US history who accomplished more in his first two years. Hey! I can find this stuff on Wikipedia!!!

    1. Lugar-Obama: Expands Nunn-Lugar Act's ability to reduce nuclear arms. (Remember them?)
    2. Coburn-Obama: Most sweeping ethics/transparency bill in recent history.
    3. Feingold-Obama: Eliminates lobbyist gifts of travel, requires disclosure of bundled campaign contributions.

    February 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Brian

    America has spoken. The world has spoken. We will be a whole nation of hope and promise once again.

    Obama '08!!!

    February 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. full disclosure

    Why won't Hillary release her tax returns?

    What is she hiding?

    February 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Godwin

    I am happy for State for the big change and good movement now Obama is not just the man but a changer if American allow him. the world will be happy and peaceful from Sverige.

    February 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. AMK

    I will vote McCain....I am a democrat. I voted against Obama once.....we need experience.....McCain is a moderate. Works for me.....

    February 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Matt

    RPF said, "So expatriates, people who live in other countries are allowed to vote for the American President?"

    As long as they are still US citizens, of course they are. Doesn't matter if they are currently living in another country. US servicemen and women also vote, no matter where around the world they are stationed.

    February 21, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Rahim Asgard, M.D.

    The rest of the world thinks of us as invaders, occupiers and killers of innocent Iraqi children and above all bunch of racists. Electing Obama
    can change this world opinion about us
    Obama/ Al Gore2008

    February 21, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. di

    i have lived abroad the best thing the world will see and change this negative impression of us is obama.

    February 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Lynn

    If it ain't Hillary and Sam Nunn it will be President McCain and vtce Huckabee. Remember McGovern? Go figure

    February 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. A CANUCK

    GREAT NEWS !!!!!! GOBAMA !!!!!

    February 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Tony

    Hillary, all along has been saying that she has the solutions for America, and yet she can't find the solution for Obama.

    February 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Larry. San Diego, Ca

    He seems to be all talk. What has he done in the Senate? What bill has he sponsered. He is no JFK and never will be. The media has hyped this man from the start. He will not beat Mccain. Many Dems will vote Republican if he is the Dems candidate.

    February 21, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. John Z.

    People should read Margery Eagan's article in today's Boston Herald on realclearpolitics.com, where although being an Obama supporter she declares that she's suddenly "very nervous" about the possibility that those who have pointed to his lack of experience and qualifications for the job might actually be right. How long will it be before others have the same awakening and which will play right into the hands of John McCain?

    February 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Mike

    Great news today. 11-0. Not bad.

    I think Senator Obama will crush John McCain in the General.

    Time for Hillary to gracefully withdraw, or at least after March 4.

    February 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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