May 16th, 2008
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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. johnathan

    Will the real John Edwards please stand up.
    NO 1 Edwards endorsing Obama, or
    No 2 Edwards who just declared "Let the voters decide"

    This primary begins to look more and more like a hostile take over. So much for democracy.

    May 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Shiloh Everett

    Come on Superdegates, end this May 21, otherwise Clinton will appeal any decision made to seat MI &FL on the 31st and take it to the convention! She is aready set to do it. She will not settle for anything but the votes as they (unfairly) stand in these states-no compremise. Go to the convention and McCain wins. Give Obama what he needs to met 2026 before may 31 and seat the states after that. Clinton won't win and we need to get on with it!

    May 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Audrey Cornish

    Thank you John Edwards! I do believe that Hillary Clinton wants to break this party apart. She wants to say " I told you so ", she doesn't care about this country only herself. It's sad to see someone like her get so far with the American people. Hillary is George Bush the third.They don't care what the public wants they are going to do it their way. I hope that Barack Obama doesn't let Hillary on his ticket. He will win if she goes away.

    May 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Willie McGill, Graduate Student@DePaul University

    As a supporter of Senator Clinton, personally, I do not care if Senator Edwards' delegates support Senator Obama. If Senator Obama receives the nomination of the Democratic Party, he will certainly lose in the General Election. Senator Obama's Presidental bid with be like Senator McGovern and Senator Kerry.

    May 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Oh. My

    You know, it's really funny.
    Dems (liberal dems) are really, really.....really...what is the word? Stupid? Nonsensical? Idiotic? Self-Destructive?
    If these people, inluding Edwards, truly thought that Obama was the best nominee, WHY did they wait until he kept losing state after state? If they truly think he is best TODAY and YESTERDAY.....why not come out LAST MONTH? TWO MONTHS AGO? THREE MONTHS AGO?????????
    Can someone explain?
    BTW, all the BO supporters that are now trying to kiss and make up, too late. You've clearly shown your arrogance and hatred towards Hillary. If you back-track now, you are just pandering. Just don't bother. Go celebrate. Good luck in the fall 🙂
    I think I could have actually supported BO in the fall if it hadn't been for the absolute vile comments by media, bloggers, pundits, BO campaigners and staff, that have been made over the last year.
    if these are the types of people he attracts, I want nothing to do with him.

    May 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Steve

    Many times I read through a list of folks' comments and I REALLY want to respond but the thread is closed. So I will add here and ask for this to be posted as related to the topic of the inevitability of Obama's nomination.

    So many sore losers posting on this board. If you wanted Clinton, what do you gain out of voting for McCain out of spite? Do you truly hate Obama that badly or are you just pi**ed that your girl lost?

    What do you gain out of writing her in? A vote lost for the Democratic platform.

    There are so many "conspirasts." "except for media bias and the feds hand-picking Obama, she would have whupped him." Huh?

    "the superdelegates know Hillary is the best, but they're afraid to vote for her due to black backlash." What criteria would give a superdelegate the impression she is the best? She is losing (excuse me, has LOST), as Goldie posted on another thread, the list of states Obama won by huge margins is far in excess of Hillary's perfect demographics of W. Va. More states, more votes, more delegates, more everything and yet you are still deluded that despite all that, she is the best. What criteria should we all use to pick a candidate in order to ignore the voters?

    "She's more electable." How can you be more electable than someone who is BEATING you in an election?

    I still wonder if she's crazy enough to stick it out until the convention and try to stir things up there to switch votes.

    May 15, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. OH, my

    You know, it's really funny.
    Dems (liberal dems) are really, really.....really...what is the word? Stupid? Nonsensical? Idiotic? Self-Destructive?
    If these people, inluding Edwards, truly thought that Obama was the best nominee, WHY did they wait until he kept losing state after state? If they truly think he is best TODAY and YESTERDAY.....why not come out LAST MONTH? TWO MONTHS AGO? THREE MONTHS AGO?????????
    Can someone explain?
    BTW, all the BO supporters that are now trying to kiss and make up, too late. You've clearly shown your arrogance and hatred towards Hillary. If you back-track now, you are just pandering. Just don't bother. Go celebrate. Good luck in the fall 🙂
    I think I could have actually supported BO in the fall if it hadn't been for the absolute vile comments by media, bloggers, pundits, BO campaigners and staff that have been made over the last year.
    if these are the types of people he attracts, i want nothing to do with him.

    May 15, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Greg in KY

    The question should be how many democrats are going to vote republican if Obama gets the nomination . Answer alot I myself and many millions of others will not vote for a Liberal.

    May 15, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. DAVIS MENLAH

    I believe strongly that Barrack Obama will unify America and the world as a whole so let give the chance.John Mcain will rather continue the bad work of mr Bush.

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Kennedy

    Welcome on board, the train is moving faster than B/Hills can ever imagine. What happen to the esbalishment? and the 109m speech moneies?

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Susan in SC

    Go my SC delegate neighbors!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Woody Hamilton

    Bush did not start the war...tell Biden that we want to fight our enemy on their turf and not ours...tell Biden that we do not want to negotiate with our enemies....

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Ann

    Awesome! Bring ‘em on!

    Let’s put this to rest and get on to the General Election.

    Adios Billary!

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Peter M, Toronto, ON, Canada

    Yep, it is now a stead stream of SD moving to Senator Obama. It is hail to the new Chief. Hillary needs to concede and help the Party get on with the healing process so we can take on McCsame.

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Dr. J

    The fat lady is going home.

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Sharon

    Welcome aboard. Almost there.

    May 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. on

    more judas these days. know your friends not only in good days.. now we know all these betrayers

    May 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. David from San Jose

    Edwards is a perennial loser like John Kerry. Obama will join them come November. He has no chance to win on the electoral map. Hillary's campaign is right. She could win it... can't wait until November to see all the Obama supporters crushed when they lose the easiest election for Democrats to win ever.

    May 15, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Let's show these delegates some southern hospitality. Hillary, sweetie! Can you bring us some sweet tea? Thanks, honey! 🙂

    May 15, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. me

    America just loves weaklings.

    May 15, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Dex Dean

    This is great as we can all start to move forward to unite and deal with all the problems this country and its people face domestically and internationally. I am a firm believer in speaking to all, regardless of their position in the world which Obama supports. I forgot who said this, but it has always stuck with me. "Keep Your Friends Close And Your Enemies Closer".

    I AM ASHAMED TO SAY THAT I VOTED FOR BUSH!

    May 15, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Molly

    I am sadden by John Edward. He claims to be for the working people but if he was he would be supporting Hillary Clinton. Obama can talk a good talk but you come away without knowing how he is going to do anything. I will not be voting in the general election this year. I will not vote for Obama and McCain is out of touch.

    May 15, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. BJ

    And this is going to put him over the edge of the nomination?

    May 15, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. M Philllips

    What are you waiting for in this case? Treat both candidates fairly and give credit ( especially where the information has been reported by you as fact) where it is due. Silence does not give your readers the real picture– the picture you yourselves describe. Then you will have the best political team on television, and online.

    May 15, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Fredi

    and Edwards won 14% of the vote in Florida – which would pretty much tie the Florida "election" ... so no matter how you slice it and dice it – the math works less and less for Hillary, even if you follow Hillary's flawed accounting.

    May 15, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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