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. Uncle Sam

    McCain Democrats to the rescue!

    May 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. MELMARIE

    This is great news! At least these people understand that we must unite with our party and stop all of this division. There is only one america, not white america, black america or latino america. We need to stop trying to divide the each other and unite.

    One Party '08

    May 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Gayle

    Moderate me go ahead. People are pushing Obama into the nomination and half of us out here can't stand him. Go ahead, he will lose the general election.

    May 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Christopher Abate

    The democratic party nomination is over. Let's get on with the presidential campaigns.

    Hillary Clinton For President, 2016

    May 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. CANDIDATE HUTCHINSON

    LARRY HUTCHINSON CANDIDATE FOR 49TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, I BELIEVE THE UPHILL ROAD FOR MRS. CLINTON HAS BECOME AN EVEN HARDER ROAD TO HO.

    May 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. mususbahu GERMANY

    im so happy , so much happy that at least Edwards atlast endorse Obama.and my wish and praying to God that John Edward to be- comes Obamas VP.they are both joung will much.it will be the best.

    May 15, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Lanre

    I agree. One America!

    Not the message that to win the presidency we need blue collar working hard-working whites of WV. And that no democrat has won the white house without winning the "certain" white people of WV.

    To win the presidency, democrats need all people: white, black, hispanic, you name it, to come together and realize that when we bleed, cry, are happy, and laugh we share the same basic instincts deep down.

    Think about or soldiers, when they fight, win a battle, watch each others backs, and even lose loved ones, color means nothing! They are bound by brother-hood, and to be PC of course, sister-hood too!

    And I think it is time that we begin to talk to the leaders of nations that we have deemed rogue. Talking does not necessarily mean friendship or appeasement ! It means respect. Ostracizing these leaders does not do us any good, it actually breeds fear! Rather we should be gentle with them and yet know that we can, and will, carry a big stick, always.

    Here's the deal: together we stand but divided we fall. Ship racists (black, white, hispanic and whomever) to Saturn. I'd volunteer with that task.

    May 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. US Woman President Supporter

    I expect John Edwards wouldn't take woman leadership... He cann't. He is a typical whiteman. He praises Hillay for his own political reason...

    I strongly believe Hillary will make it...

    May 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. simon

    JOE BIDEN, here's a man that was overlooked by the American public
    in favor of no- news hogs, Clinton and Obama.

    Of course, DUNCAN HUNTER was cast aside by the GOP in favor of McCain the InSane.

    What fools the American public more thoroughly than fools themselves?

    May 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Go Obama 08/12

    This is called progress in motion a great team /Thanks John Edwards for joining this ongoing movement.
    Never been this excited about an election/ it is our future .

    Change "Yes we Can" 08/12

    May 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Tony

    At this point it doesn't matter who endorses Obama he must prove himself in the debates with the other party. He has not been able to demostrate anything yet except make some speaches but has no clear position on what matters to the American Voter. These endorsements count as 1 vote but think of the people that do not agree with the endorsements. I hope that Hillary proves everyone wrong and gets the Democrate Party behind her or I plus alot of people who i have spoken to will vote REPUBLICAN.

    May 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. CountdowntoChange

    Finally........Edwards joins the train.........Welcome aboard sir, your endorsement is very much appreciated.

    Final boarding call for all those "fence-sitting" sups!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Jack

    drip drip

    floood

    yes stand for change

    May 15, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Darren from M.D

    it all falls down hillary...

    May 15, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Bob in FL

    On and on till the break of dawn.

    Obama/Anybody but Hillary 08

    May 15, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. jon

    Who cares what John Edwards does? Really. He did not win one primary. If he won his HOME STATE in 2004 then he would be Vice President Edwards. Edwards is one of the most irrelevant figures on the political scene today. While the liberals line up behind Mr. Obama, he will take the party over the cliff in November.

    May 15, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Common Sense

    Good!

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Rose

    here comes the flood!!!!! Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Grant

    Any word from Wolfson? McAullife? This appears finally over, he could have as many as another 10 Supers coming in today, it looks like the Dems are consolidated around him, all the big institutions are behind him now...I think it is time for Clinton to bow out and lets move this forward. I do not think she will do this however. She now trails in ORE by 20 points, SD and Montana by 10 points, leads in KY, but I think voter turnout will be low...people are losing interest..I even noticed CNN appears to have given up on propping her up...

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. fairandstraight

    Sean Hannity, eat your heart out. I guess they will be checking out Obama's childhood friends to make him responsible for any thing the might have said or done in the past now.

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Enlightened Voter

    They know who is the most electable and it sure ain't her. Which brings up another point, how is Hillary more electable when she is loosing in every way????

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Obama v McCain

    just in 3 more supers for Barak.. total 14 since last tuesday.. her total 1.5..hmmm

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Make yourselves at home

    Welcome, come on in boys, the water is fine.

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Kevin from Chicago

    I thought John Edwards won something like 26 delegates before dropping out. The only articles that I have read mention eight. What about the other 18?

    May 15, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Carl

    Good stuff, I dont think this guy was ever gonna endorse Hillary Clinton so this is no surprise to me. Im sure his endorsement didnt go down to well with his wife because I know she liked Hillary's ideas.

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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