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= 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. KH in WY

    Biden is the man. It's since to have someone call out Bush's BS.

    May 15, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. South Carolinian

    I have TOTALLY lost all respect for John Edwards! He purposely
    picked the moment he did to destroy Hillary, and her BIG, BIG win in
    WV. Not very gentlemanly.... not the kind of person I want to see in Washington.

    Did he do it to HELP Obama? Of course not. My guess is that 99% of the benefit is for himself, possibly to get on the VP list.

    It was a perfect demonstration of his own poor judgment, poor character, and selfishly thinking only of himself. I almost voted for him, but thankfully did not.

    May 15, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Keith

    Go Obama! Edwards made the right choice

    May 15, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. jose

    I dont think Edward's endorsement really matter. First, he barely survived in his campaign to be the Democrat's nominee. Second, there were far more influential politicians that endorsed Obama during their state's primaries but still Clinton got the most votes ( e.g. Kerry and Kennedy ) . SO really, these endorsements dont really matter, the voters made up their mind long time ago.

    May 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Jim

    You're going the wrong way!

    Bye bye White House!

    May 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    thank you for your patriotism people.
    now, BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. I spoke to some Nat'l Guardmans yesterday. They wanted to know when the end will be. They are physically and mentally tired and homesick. They are just teenagers 19, 20)

    They sleep on little narrow cots and have very basic facilities. They need some much needed relaxation, so they can feel normal. I told them us Democrats (Obama and Clinton supporters) were working as hard as we can to bring them home. Pray for our service men and women, please.

    May 15, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. deborah


    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Sam in Indiana

    It is time for America to get to work. Get Obama in there because we have a lot of economic repair work that needs to be done to strengthen this nation.

    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. nic, bellingham wa

    Now, how long will it take for CNN to begrudgingly update the delegate counter?

    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Jawborne

    This is a step in the right direction, we need unity to stand firm to confront John McCain and President Bush comment in Knesset, Israel!

    May 15, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. CHERYL


    OBAMA 08

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Iam U.


    The road is getting clearer
    All the clouds are gone
    I can see the White House
    that soon will be my home.

    Democrats, lets unite. lets go ahead and support Obama, and get the republicans out of the White House and make this country safer and stronger.

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Ruben from IL

    Good. Now lets finish this and call it a day.

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. anthony

    now the whole dem party should come together

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Chitown in Chicago, IL

    Swweeeettt!! It's looking like May 20 will be a great day in O-Land. Dems, now is the time to pull together and keep McSame out of the White House.

    May 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Steve

    The delegate lead is now higher than it was before the "big win" in W. Va. This would seem yet another reason to stop her campaign – don't throw good money after bad and cause more debt for the DNC to relieve.

    I think if the superdels are smart, enough will go to Obama PRIOR to June so that the last few states' votes will push him over the mark. Let's have the focus of the news on June 3 be on the people's vote giving him 2025. Otherwise the focus will be on whichever delegate can position him/herself to be "the one."

    I wonder if there will be an Obama / Edwards ticket. The alternative way to gain back some of that segment that votes for Hillary without having her on the ticket.

    May 15, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    I am just waiting to see and hear, Wolf Blitzer, Pat Buchannan, Chris Mattews, Gen Beck, Gloria Borger, above all Lou Dobbs, What in the world are they going to say when Obama is nominated the candidate for the Presidency of DNC. All white bias supremasists that believe the US is theirs alone. My repects to Jack Cafferty, John King, and also Keith Olberman from MSNBC, for their objectines and good journalship in reporting the upcoming news as they are, not twisting or missinterpreting what has been said, specially from the Obama side. They are Hillary protectors and bone collector, looking in the cemataries with the hope of finding a skeleton that they can pin on Obama, keep looking maybe you find Aladdins Lamp, and your wishes might be granted. Just be careful of what are you wishing for.

    May 15, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Kasha

    Thank you Senator Edwards for endorsing Barack Obama. Your speech last night was one that will further the Democratic agenda for unity across the country.

    Thank you also to the delegates of Senator Edwards who have already chosen to endorse our candidate of change and unity. Your support will go a long way to unite the party and bring us together to wage a powerful coalition against John McCain, for a huge win in November.

    We hope that the remaining delegates will follow your lead.

    Today, millions of Americans are grateful for your endorsements of Barack Obama. Thank you.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Ken

    I believe that what happened in this move was done because Obama is playing politics as usual! The timing stinks to high heaven. For the delegates that moved with Edwards are just as dumb!

    Obama is being a politician like any other politician! Obama is doing everything and saying anything to please the voters. The sad thing about it, is that there are so many "Blind" people believing in it. This probably will end up causing America to be in a worse mess than what Bush got us into.

    If Obama is the candidate, I will never vote for him (and I am a democrat), I will end up voting for McCain instead. Obama lacks ALL of the skills, talent, knowledge and experience to be a president than can take us out of this mess that Bush got us into!


    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Kal

    On April 22 Hillary Clinton said: "Today, here in Pennsylvania, you made your voices heard, and because of you, the tide is turning,"

    Clinton was right, the tide is turning, but it is turning against her. In fact it is more like a tsunami. Since April 22 Obama increased his lead in superdelegates by about 37.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Judy

    The south is behind Obama and that is great. I hope many more will come around soon so we can get this country back.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. andy

    One black, one white = 100% Old Boys Club. What CHANGE ?!
    Adding a hypocrite to the mix only transforms simple wimp to a hypocritical wimp.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. steve ga

    Is it just me or all these SD that Obama is getting is very beneficial but 600,000 steelworker group supports Obama also. I guess that means all 600,000 will vote for Obama in a General Election. I dont know soeone clarify this for me an if this is so I think John Edwards will defiantly be the Obamas running mate.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. JC

    I bet Hillary supporters will try to downplay this. They are delegates and they are what matters. Sad to see sore losers.

    May 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. caribbean

    Mr. Edwards is now repaying Senator Clinton for the lack of support from her husband when he ran as vice-president. It is not his love for Obama but his hatred for the Clintons."Be careful what you wish for"

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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