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. Bill in Illinois

    Attention Hillbilly – this would be what they normally refer to as the beginning of the end!

    Time to admit defeat, get out of the race and help to repair some of the damage you have done by staying in it even though you knew that the race was over. No more fuzzy math about how you are ahead in the popular vote or any of that stuff. Just "suck it up" and get out while you still have a little dignity left.

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. MD Houston

    Another 6 jump over the cliff...

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Scott C

    Good news for Obama.

    What is good news, is it will help him get over the top sooner.

    In the end he will still have more pledged delegates he PERSONALLY won than Clinton. This will just help him go over the top and secure the nomination sooner, which is important.

    Clinton herself said that pledged delegates can switch allegiance and vote for whomever they want, and that it was fair game.

    Clinton said that... Don't blame Obama for doing something Clinton said was fair.

    May 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. kds4ADAY

    more and more for obama WAKE UP EVERYBODY NOMORE SLEEPING!! OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Tee

    YES YES YES
    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Kiah

    And the good times just keep on rolling...

    May 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Venus

    CNN – Obama has gotten 3-Superdelegates so far this morning!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Obama Edwards 08!

    Here they come! Hillary, lets become a united party to stop John McSame

    May 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Patrick

    OBOMA in 08, wht more needs to be said. This is another great testament to the mans leadership.

    May 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. OBAMA MAMA

    Go Obama. We still love you Hillary and wish you the best. At the end of the day we are ALL democrats!

    May 15, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Alonzo Demetrius - FL

    Mindless wimps!! Supporting a candidate they don't even know!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. true demorcrat in monterey ca via memphis tn

    keep pushing forward we are getting closer and closer to the finish line no matter how many times hrc tries to move them ...

    OBAMA 08 YES WE CAN !!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Mike, NJ

    I'm happy that most Democrats are finally choosing to unite behind one candidate. The split of the Democrat party needs to come to an end, unfortunately Clinton doesn't see it that way.

    I especially enojoy how she thrives off her big win in WV, even though it really didn't make a difference.

    Once and for all the Democrats need to unite, and they should do so behind Barack Obama.

    May 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Eric

    It is pretty clear right now that the party does not trust Clinton anymore. They are sure she will do everything she can to bring the fight at the convention, so they are moving at a steady pace to get her out of the race and make her irrelevant. Such a bitter end for someone who, despites all her flaws, has shown character and tenacity.

    May 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Wayne

    Ok..its confirmed. Obama is our standard bearer..Lets focus on McCain.

    I can already see that McCain is trying to abondon GOP strategy..he announced a date to withdraw from Iraq...boy does that sound Democratic.

    He will gradually adopt Obama's positions which means Obama needs to get out there..have a HUGE policy speech announcing his positions FIRST. I know he has done this already but he needs to do it again..and again and again..repetition is key to effective communication.

    May 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. deana

    This is for CNN, major news network and right wing bias, prejudice talk show hosts: Obama, the best educated and decent presidential candidate has won:
    Most Votes
    Most States
    Most Delegates
    and he has the most money!
    He is best for the future of America!
    Vote Obama for President of USA

    May 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. sheryl

    Thanks guys!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    wonderful

    welcome all

    May 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Texas Vet

    After John Edwards wonderful speech, an American we can all proud off, I had to listen to a radio interview where a vitriolic Hillary supporter said that if she wins the popular vote, the Unpledged delegates (I refuse to use the term Superdelegates anymore) have to endorse her.

    How can anyone believe the unpledged delegates would break the rules. Give up the black vote, new voters, independents, and college educated white voters to run with older and blue collar white voters. The fact that Hillary supporters say they would rather vote for McCain seems like an interesting way to damage this country. We can not afford four more years.

    I am beginning to think that Hillary is a lot smarter than her supporters. She is trying hard not to be negative, although her supporters remain abrasive and insulting. I think she is getting ready to broker a VP slot, which is the worst thing she could do. Hillary should become the Senate Majority Leader. She would be the best one this country ever had. It suits her talents and drive. It is also more important and visible than the VP position. .

    May 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Hopeful Californian

    Thank you, John Edwards for supporting our next President, Barak Obama; the world is already a better place because of it.

    Hillary supporters, it's time to unite the Democratic Party now. Even Hillary stated that she would back the Democratic nominee and she is the one running against Obama...not you. This is a historic momemt in America and we should ALL be proud! We (Americans) have done what no other country has done: Participate in a democratic process with two historic candidates – one female and one African American, neither of whom had the opportunity to preselect their race or gender.

    It is time to recognize that we are ONE RACE, sharing ONE PLANET, and we need the strongest leadership possible to unite the ONE WORLD in which we all must coexist in: That vision and that leadership has been tested and now shines brighter than ever in Barak Obama. With his stunning vision and leadership, he has united this country in a way not seen since JFK and MLK. The majority of America has spoken and they want CHANGE: Barak Obama is the catalyst for that change! Admittedly however, I never thought it would happen in my lifetime, but watching Barak travel from state to state being cheered for by Latinos, Whites, Blacks, Asians, and the Indigenous Peoples has indeed restored my faith in America and the beauty of Democracy.

    As I write this posting, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride I have never had before because the world is watching and can truly say "Well done, America...this time you got it right". And after 8 years of "Win at all cost" (including the 4K lives of American and allied troops), America is turning a new corner – one that will transcend geographic borders, language and skin color differences, poverty, war, and ignorance. Barak Obama has given America an early birthday gift and it came in a small box called HOPE. Happy Birthday America!

    My name is Hoepful Californian and I approved this message. Barak Obama 2008/2012!

    May 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. 2 EARLY

    Edwards's too early decision.
    He should make up his mind and back Clinton.
    I think he want to become VP halllo???????
    Hillary Clinton '08

    May 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Marcus

    Its all over now.

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Obamie Sweetie

    Kennedy,Pelosi,Kerry- Heinz-57, Caroline, Dean, Richardson, Edwards, Mcgovern, Dukakis, Hulk Hogan, Oprah, Carter, Jack Cafferty, Brazille, Ron Regean jr, MSM, Debbie Dingle.....All of these "politicians as usual" and stars! And still-our "agent of change" cannot put away ONE lady in a pantsuit?? Even with all of these people offering to shine his shoes for 8 years? Who will he call on next to try and upstage Hillary Clinton? Hamas? Chaves? Osama? Maybe North Korea? Better question–which one of these people will he choose as a running mate and what sweet words are they using to beg him to choose them? Oh, how the mighty have fallen–losers, all.

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. besharpone

    Come on now all of you Obama bashers...you are a bit slow this morning. Where are all of your baseless, factless bashing? Usually, you are first on the scene to bash Obama without an once of facts while glorifying Senator Clinton and totally ignoring all of her misdeeds...not only during this campaign but also while the Clintons were in the Whitehouse.

    I was a Hillary supporter early on, but started supporting Obama when I realized that he is about changing the politics of this country.

    I always wondered how people could allow themselves to be hoodwinked every 2-4 years with promises from politicians that were never fulfilled, along with the way they tried to play on racial divisions and fear to to get votes...the same game that Hillary has been playing throughout.

    If Obama is so bad, why is it that he is getting so much support? Have you ever thought that within the political community, Hillary and Bill has burned their bridges...caused so much dislike by their antics?

    If Obama is so weak in the "blue collar" group and the white voters, how do you explain his overwhelming victors in the states that have a very high percentage of white voters, WV not withstanding? I won't quote them here, but go back and check the record.

    The majority of whites who said they would not vote for Obama obviously has an agenda outside of any legitimate issue involving politics.

    The media tries to sugar coat it and not address it, but it is obvious.

    Their will be no overtime in this game.

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Rhonda

    What a crock!!! All you Obamabots out there who are jumping for joy have very short memories. I recall as recently as last Monday how you were all calling him a wimp for not ensorsing and now he is your saviour.
    Don't tell me there's no gender bias here. How does he have the b...s to say only that Obama is the best man for the job.
    Too bad all you morons don't get a ife.

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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