May 16th, 2008
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Eight Edwards delegates now moving to Obama

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama picked up several of Edwards' delegates Thursday."](CNN) – At least six of John Edwards' pledged delegates in South Carolina will throw their support to Barack Obama following Edwards’ endorsement of the Democratic frontrunner, bringing the total number of delegates switching to Obama on Thursday to eight.

One Edwards delegate from Iowa, Machelle Crum, came out for Obama on Thursday morning, as did New Hampshire delegate Joshua Denton. Crum made the decision after receiving a phone call from Edwards supporters encouraging her to make the switch.

In South Carolina, Daniel Boan, Christine Brennan-Bond, Robert Groce, Susan Smith, Mike Evatt and Lauren Bilton - all elected as pledged delegates for Edwards following his third place finish in the primary there on January 29 - announced Thursday they will follow Edwards’ lead and pledge their support to Obama at the Democratic National Convention in August.

John Moylan, the Columbia attorney who directed Edwards’ campaign in the state and is now serving as an alternate delegate for Edwards, appeared on CNN’s “American Morning” Thursday. He stated his support for Obama and hinted that more members of the Edwards delegation would follow later in the day.

“I didn't reach all eight of them, but I can tell you that at least six of the eight are prepared to endorse Senator Obama,” Moylan said this morning.

He added: “I think you will see overwhelming support of John Edwards delegates standing with John Edwards and now standing for Barack Obama.”

Bilton appeared on the show alongside Moylan and confirmed that she, too, is now supporting Obama.

Boan, Brennan-Bond and Groce, all reached by phone or e-mail, confirmed they will switch their commitment to Obama. In a separate e-mail, Moylan said that Smith and Evatt will also move into Obama’s camp.

The remaining two delegates supporting Edwards in South Carolina are Marilyn Hemingway, who told CNN she would continue to support Edwards, and Tim Moore, who said he is waiting until the primary process concludes before deciding whom to back.

Obama had reached out to Edwards' South Carolina delegation even before winning the endorsement of the former North Carolina senator. Last Thursday while in Washington, the Illinois senator arranged a conference call with the delegates to introduce himself and take questions about his campaign

soundoff (514 Responses)
  1. Lilarose

    Open Note to John Edwards:

    Mr. Edwards, I was hoping that you would NOT endorse either candidate and remain neutral.

    I went out to the Medford, Oregon Armory to see you speak in 2004, I supported you all the way.

    You at least owed it to people like me, nearly half the voters who do not support Obama, to remain neutral.

    I am now an Independent (was a Dem a few days ago) and I am writing in Hillary Clinton on the November ballot.

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. green, pa

    yay! so glad edwards finally endorsed Obama. Not that we need those delegates because we will win anyway but its a slap in Hillary's face and maybe she will finally drop out. I don't care if she wants to go till the last primary thats fine but after that she needs to end it.

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Danny in Pittsburgh

    Let the floodgates open....John Edward's FLORIDA delegates should consider the same...we may get a settlement to the MI, FL mess yet!

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Emma

    I did add a comment you didn't print it because it didn't suit you.

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Dems 2008

    Today was a good day!!

    Let's surprise them in Kentucky and sprint to the nomination.

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. susie

    What did Obama promise Edwards for his support? Attorney General

    May 15, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. FEDUP

    Poor John, only 8 delegates to his name. Write in Hillary Clinton in November, we can show them how it is done. YES WE CAN

    May 15, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Unknown


    May 15, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Real Change

    Is it just me or did this whole event look suspiciously like a scene from a party convention, hailing the nominee and his newly announced running mate?

    Could be Barack taken him out for a test drive.

    May 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Jodi

    Obama’s Church Printed Pro-Hezbollah Articles
    Given the current news out of Lebanon it might be timely to point out that Mr. Obama’s church and his “spiritual advisor” the Reverend Doctor Jeremiah Wright were firmly on Hezbollah’s side during Israel’s limited incursion into Lebanon two summers ago.

    From the July 30, 2006 edition (pdf file) of Trinity Church’s Trumpet newsletter

    May 15, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Hillary or McCain

    I tried to post this under Michelle's article, but comments were closed, so I'll put it here.

    Aww, Michelle's gonna start crying now just like Barack has been all along. What about all the hateful things that were said about Chelsea Clinton by you disgusting hate-filled Obamabots? If Michelle can't stand the heat she should get out of the kitchen or not say stupid hate-filled things or write anti-American thesis or attend racist churches and raise her children in them.

    And it's only the beginning – I can't wait! This is gonna be fun 🙂

    May 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Susan

    For the first time, I feel sorry for HRC. She's getting beaten like a tum tum drum.

    May 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Mauri

    It'll be so very interesting to see what John Edwards was promised for his little fist full of delegates. We'll be watching.

    May 15, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Emma

    I will write in Hillary Clinton.

    May 15, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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