May 16th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Eight Edwards delegates now moving to Obama

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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/15/art.edwardsobama1.gi.jpg 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. tblno

    Obama's grip tightens!!!!!!!!! Obama 08!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. richard

    Shame on you Edwards. If there is one thing I have learned this primary season it is that my party the democratic party is not interested in what is best for America. You have embarrased me. Obama has shown over and over he is not qualified and yet the democratic elite and the far left radicals dont care. I will vote McCain, blog for him, and donate to his campaign. I ask other embarased dems to do the same. Shame on you.

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    The delegates that Obama is going to get from the Edwards camp is going to be more that the delegates that Hillary netted out of WV.....all I can say is WOW....

    OBAMA 08,12

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. fred

    Duh!!

    Edwards is a LOSER!!

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Griff

    The begining of the end...Democracy in the USA is Defunct....

    May 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. GA

    OBAMA 08

    P.S. CNN – BIAS. Shame on you CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Lori

    A country full of sheep. Ba-a-ah!

    Oba-a-a-hma for Head Cheerleader.

    Clinton For President!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. shelly in IL

    Oh yeah-Oh yeah, the Dems are taking Washington back! Now it's time for security to go and pack Bush's bags and sit them on the curb right along with him and the crew...lol

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Steve, NJ

    Commence the senseless blabbering from people with names like Charlotte and Fred; who'd rather slam Obama in every blog than actually do something productive with their lives.

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Bridgette-PA

    OMG! keepem' comin'...........OBAMA-08!

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Mikey

    Look out McThuselah, the Obama Express is is coming!

    All Aboard!

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. rk

    This will not help him win the election. Does not change the fact that Obama lacks judgement and experience.

    Clinton 08 or bust

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. PCE

    How many now for the majority delegates?

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Obama Edwards 08

    Dear Hillary

    THE END!

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ok its over now, Obama should be over the required number of delegates by next tuesday.

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. ttrent

    Cool beans!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Monica

    Yay!!! Onward President Obama!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Sue

    YAY !!!!

    OBAMA '08

    YES WE CAN !!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Jb

    welcome aboard!! Thank you !! Time to unite !!!

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. DELMARVA

    That rocks!

    Bring on the general election.

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Mickey (Rocky's Trainer)

    Throw in the towel Hillary! You're getting pummeled!

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Democrat

    GREAT!!! OBAMA/CLINTON '08

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Steve

    1. Defeat Osama
    2. Defeat Obama
    3. Defeat Chelsea's mamma

    McCain 2008!

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. enoch needles

    Bring on the Shrill Hill Shills to proclaim Obama's lack of appeal. I'm surprised she didn't have a "Mission Accomplished" banner at her little WV speech.

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. vjh

    Great news.....Congratulations !

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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