May 16th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
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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. TAHARI in CT 4 OBAMA

    WOW! IT IS REALLY OVER!

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Adam C

    yes we can! Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Martin

    Politic is the wrose game in the world.

    May 15, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. NEVER obama

    Edwards, you are a weak-minded fool.I have a feeling that your wife thinks so too. Why would you support the most dangerous man in history to run for president of this country.History already shows you as a loser and history will show obama as a destroyer.

    May 15, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. BettiH. Indianapolis, IN

    Great...Ready to move on.

    May 15, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Renee

    This is a FIXED democratic nomination process. I understand Clinton wanting to finish out the process but after June 3rd, she need to announce her bid as an independent candidate!!!

    The Democratic Party are going to get exactly what is coming to them!

    Clinton/Independent 08!!!

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

    I imagine it will play out as many have suggested: Obama wins Oregon big on Tuesday, the same day Clinton wins big in Kentucky (neither is campaining in the other state); both declare victory; Clinton makes a speech that she wants to stay in but it's not in the cards, she thanks her supporters, encourages them to vote Obama, game over.

    They both look good; she retains a shread of dignity.

    May 15, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Sam

    That's just outstanding South Carolina delegates!!
    Thank you all

    May 15, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. rw md

    Since the topic of Obama apoligizing for calling the reporter
    sweety, I'll coment here.
    Watch out Michell, he's just getting warmed up, wait till he
    get's into the White House, if he does, the Monica thing was
    nothing.

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

    Funny, I thought Obama had a disdain for "good ol boys?"

    May 15, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. very smart lady

    The Democrats men jumping ship for Obama are a bunch of male chavunist pigs. They cant stand for a woman to best them. That goes for King Obama, himself. Its terrible to think that angry black man and his angry wife may be in the White House. I will move to Canada or sneak across the border to Mexico at night. Besides his angry , too liberal views, I am afraid the kin folks from Kenya will bring their goats when they visit and ruin the White House.

    May 15, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. phil

    Instead of endorsing Obama what he should do is throw his hat back in the ring at the convention. I think enough people relize what a mistake it was to not vote for the best person which Edwards is.

    May 15, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Petra, Independendent from PA

    Great news!!! Let's get behind the nominee and unite the party. It is clear where this road is leading and there are many times when democrats have voted symbolically when the nominee is already clear.

    May 15, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Slick Hilly

    Even so, I feel compelled to remind everyone that every delegate has the right and duty to vote for me, no matter who they're pledged to. Taking that into account, I am now ahead in popular vote, pledged delegates, and super delegates. I win.

    May 15, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Raz

    Nice.... I just wish him good. Go Obama Go.

    Raz

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Catherine, M.

    Bush's statements in Israel underscore the need for the Democrats to unite right now and restore our reputation in the world. I am sure this was a difficult decision for Mr. Edwards but he did the right thing. Clinton and Obama are both excellent candidates and would make great presidents... but there is not a moment to waste.

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Richard

    Losers!!!!!!!!! Who cares! Go a head and support a lying snake like Barack Hussain OBAMA!

    And I am a HIlllary supporter that will if the lying snake wins will support McCain.

    Go Hillary 2008!

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Kansas Prairie Dog

    The "Dixiecrats" are at it again (doing whatever they want to without the votes). Dixiecrat is the term used in the 1860's for southern democrats who fought Republican President Lincoln as he tried to emancipate the slaves. Yes, it was Republicans who freed the slaves, but if you asked the average voter today, they would probably say it was democrats. Little has changed since the 1860's. They still come up with the most outrageous candidates they can find and spend tons of money to "make" their candidate the people's choice. Sort of like American Idol.

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Brian

    Let's finish the race superdelegates!

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. TonyTone

    The fat lady in the pantssuit is finished singing...
    someone please turn out the lights !

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't surprising that when the person you are pledged for drops out and later endorses someone that all of the delegates follow. I just wish Edwards would have announced a little sooner.

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Wufpakmom, Illinois

    That's nice. Terrific.

    Now, if would Sen. Obama or Sen. Edwards would PLEASE go to Kentucky! There's no need to disrespect an entire state. Besides, the history of this campaign is, the more people see/hear Sen. Obama, the more they get to know him (and not the vile falsehoods) the more likely they are to vote for him!

    May 15, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Joyce in Florida

    Well, here we go again with more disappointment of delegates endorsing Obama. We know while Obama has not scheduled plans on certain days, that he is wooing delegates over to his side. Above article says it all. I can honestly say that there will be another Bush administration because if Obama becomes the nominee, he will NOT win the general election and we might as well be handing the presidency on a silver platter to McCain. MAJOR MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT PEOPLE. I will continue to donate and support Hillary Clinton all the way to the convention. I am sure that convention will be real interesting. HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD BE OUR NOMINEE AND NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. MR

    IT'S ALMOST OVER!

    THANK YOU AND WELCOME TO "CHANGE" TRAIN!

    ALL ARE WELCOMED IN OBAMA'S HOUSE!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    May 15, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. OH

    Can I say "Yes We Can"??? Thank you Senator Edwards and to your crew. The news gets better everyday...keep them coming.

    May 15, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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