May 16th, 2008
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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. CL

    Edwards betrayed his friend by taking the momentum away from her, as well as the process, and himself by taking away his integrity, no matter who the nominee is. With friends like that, who needs enemies? Your thirty pieces of silver are in the mail.

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. 2 EARLY

    Clinton's suporter think smarter than Obama's.

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Anson From New York City

    That's a very nice move.

    The party is already starting to unite. If Hillary comes now, it will even be better. The sooner the better

    It's time for reconciliation! Time to unite the party.

    Obama/Edwards 08!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. E. loz Miami

    Clinton should run as an Independent because Obama wil lose the GE. I know there's HOPE for Obama to connect with those blue collar workers but truth is many Americans are stil racist. All we're going to talk about for the next 4yrs is how racism was the reason the Democrats lost the GE(genaral election)... Edwards cant do MUCH to help. Edwards is not running for pres, Obama is.

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Janie, Raleigh, N.C.

    DEAR ME! Tut Tut!! It looks like rain. Senator Obama and his campaign are gleeful that John Edwards has endorsed BARACK! The problem is, it appears to hurt Edwards more than it helps Obama. I, for one, a former Edwards supporter (previous campaigns) will not vote for Obama and I have lost respect for John Edwards. He should of supported Senator Clinton who has the better health care plan or just kept quiet until after the Primary. Couldn't wait 3 more weeks. All my friends are furious, but then, most of my friends are women....what do we know. My smart husband agrees with me.Come on Elizabeth John up...what is he afraid of???????????????

    May 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. TY AR

    Hillary is the smartest choise ever.
    Go Hillary !!!

    May 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. pastjob, il

    Let's get this over and move on! All remaining super deligates should just go for Obama now and get Clinton out of the race so we can get going for the general election. Any remaining super del that go for Clinton at this point are pretty stupid for doing so. She has no where to go.....let's move on super's

    May 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. AJ

    I dispise John edwards, his wife and all of his delegates. Dont be surprised if you see this loser in a cabinet post if Obama wins this election. I cant wait to vote Republican in the fall (for the first time in my life.) Obama is a disgusting human being and so are all of his supporters.

    May 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    I just learned that Michelle Obama is here in Puerto Rico. I watch the laughter of the CNN and MSNBC TV reporters every time they mention that candidates hopefully will need the ballots casted by us, though we are not allowed to vote for the President of the US been citizens and all, yet we can fight in the wars and die alongside the others natural born US citizen for the cause the US is fighting for and in the end deny, deny us the right as citizens to vote for the President. Do you want a better sample of Bigotry and supremacy? It is my HOPE, that with Obama, in the Presidency, his platform for change and hope, our plight does not fall overboard, and rescue never intended. Mind you I am all for Obama and I believe his words of change. I HOPE he comes thru.

    May 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Julian

    It seems reasonable that John Edwards North Carolina delegates would do what Edwards says. With a wife who has cancer, John Edwards endorsement of a candidate whose health policies exclude 17 000 000 people and which copy the Republican platform is a testimony to the corruptness and untruthfulness of THE MAN. (We learned years ago about "person" and the ill advised use of THE like THE Blacks). Only two days ago Edwards said endorsements raised more hostilities than united fronts. Today, I too, joined those women who will vote for McCain. Some of us will carry signs in Denver that name the DNC, John Edwards, Bill Richards, as "betrayers". Don't blame Hillary; it wasn't her fault!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Sara from Arizona

    BYE, BYE HIllary, OBAMA 08'

    May 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Arden

    What a blessing. I have so much respect for Sen. Edwards and his wife Elizabeth. What would really help Sen. Obama at this point in the campaign would be to have Sen. Edwards appear on the stump with Sen. Obama in the state of Kentucky. Its interesting how one minute the news media has Sen. Obama leading in double digits in Kentucky one moment and then their saying the HRC is leading in double digits. Thanks once again to you Sen. Edwards for doing what you believe is the right thing to do.

    May 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. marianna

    LOSERS follow the LOSER

    May 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Moses, Ca.

    This is no longer a drip, it's a flow...thanks everyone

    May 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Angel for Obama

    This is excellent news for the Obama Camp. Thanks you Edwards delegates you made the right choice. "YES WE CAN"

    "Obama 08 enough said"

    May 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. White middle-aged woman for Obama !

    Thank you John. Hopefully Hillary will go ahead and call it a day. I don't understand why she is staying in when the odds are so against her. She has turned so many against her of late. I mean I just don't see the point. I hope she keeps her word and backs the nominee as she said she would.
    For those of you that say you won't vote for Obama if Hillary is not the nominee, but will go for Mccain, you must really like what Bush has done to our country for the past 8 years. Imagine, it would be the same as giving a wink and a nod to keep our troops in harms way if you do that.
    I am a hard working, white middle-aged woman for Obama !. I hope other hard working African American, Mexican, & Asian will join in to get him into the white house.

    May 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Marilyn, Kansas

    Great!! I expect most of his delegates will go to Obama. This thing might actually get wrapped up before June 3rd.

    Obama 2008 & 2012!

    May 15, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Blogmaster 3000

    This is the water we needed to throw on the wicked witch of D.C.....shes all but done now........

    OBAMA '08

    May 15, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    Edwards is for the blue collars yet supports the elitist candidate?

    Thats okay, who needs a sleezy slimeball trial lawyer?

    May 15, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Nicholas

    Common guys let the vote pour in. Obama the next president of USA after which he comes to Nigeria to teach our politicians how to be a leader

    May 15, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. faye, NV

    This keep getting better and better. Way to go guys/girls.

    May 15, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Monica

    My earlier comment disappeared into blogland.
    So I will say it again,
    This shows the Hillary supporters how important his endorsement really is. They spent lots of time on the previous blogs calling him names and saying who cares. I bet they care now.

    May 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Michael, an indepedent

    Regardless of what happens with the Edwards' delegates, what is most important is for the Clinton and Obama supporters to come together in a harmonious manner. The rift in the Democrat party has grown deep and if national elections were held today, the Democrats would be in trouble.

    Obama supporters: show respect for Hillary and her supporters if you want Obama to win in November.

    Clinton supporters: do you really want four more years of Bush-McCain?

    May 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Aaron in Arizona

    I see that a wave of support is finally breaking for Senator Obama and the Democrats are starting to come together, which is a nice thing to see. It looks like this exciting fight between Clinton and Obama is coming to an end soon.

    May 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. NY RICAN American


    Latinos for Obama, Puerto Rico for Obama '08, AMERICANS 4 OBAMA

    May 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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