May 16th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
13 years ago

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. Ray

    The Edwards effect....

    May 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Scott Hughes ATL

    I will donate towards Hillary's debt, if she'll just get out of the race and throw her support behind Obama...

    I just hope that once she does, she does not turn around and call herself a Judas and reject and denounce herself...

    May 15, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. beans, belize C.A

    Well i guess he will soon reach the 2026 delegates needed to win the nomination. Why can't the clinton camp understand that.

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. kim portland, oregon

    my dream ticket WAS edwards/obama!

    now it's obama/richardson and attorney general edwards!!! america would ROCK!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. mds

    Here we go guys!

    May 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. JM

    well alright !!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. mitchell from arkansaw

    this is getting so exciting!i'm glad we're moving past hillary's divisiveness.now we can focus on mccain's divisiveness.go obama'08

    May 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Carli

    I guess Edwards wanted "Change" Yeah!!! Extra "Change" to pay off his Campaign DEBT. what a joke, this is not a real endorsement its a set up,"politics as ussual". I notice Mrs. Edwards did'nt even bother to show. What a joke! who are they trying to kid!

    NO matter what Hillary we are still behind you 100%

    May 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Gail

    I hope Hillary can plan her graceful exit and begin to think about the party rather than just her candiancy.

    May 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. JZ

    Congrats to McCain. He's taking an easy walk in to the WH because the DNC with their stupid caucus system, Howard Dean, and the media trashed Hillary nonstop.

    Hillary people will now vote for McCain if she doesn't go Independent.

    May 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. CHANGE

    Barack Obama, our next POTUS!

    YES WE CAN!

    May 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Nicholas

    So Hiliary is still in this race to prove what point????

    May 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Sharon Minnesota

    Hillary, you need to join me and a whole lot of your other supporters and change party's. The democrats have gone into a liberal cult frenzy. You don't really belong with them any more.

    May 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Montana is Obama Country

    ...................very,,,,very,,, NICE... bring it..

    ................We Love YOU and America LOVES you ..

    ...................Thank you very much...................

    ...........................Yes...We..Can...

    May 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Bala L

    Well that says it all, obama is the next president of this great union, the USA. As for Mc Same what can i say but take a chill pill!

    May 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. True American

    Obama + 4 superdelegates so far today including congressman Henry Waxman of CA and what has this so called big victory in WV brought Hillay ? 1 superdelegate since Tueday.

    May 15, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Dana Burt

    I am glad that Mr. Edwards is supporting Mr. Obama. If it would go one step further and create an Obama/Edwards ticket I would greatly support that. I would NOT support an Obama/Clinton ticket becasue I think the Clinton "Machine" would ruin the possibilities that Mr. Obama could bring to the national government.

    May 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. True American

    Funny how the MSM ignores Obama's big victories

    The media is talking about Clinton’s big win in one state (plus Arkansas), just to stir the controversy. They fail to mention that the reason Obama is winning is because he won big in very many states, 15. I found this chart that sums it up:
    Barack Obama: 15 States + DC

    * Virgin Islands (89.9%)
    * Idaho (79%)
    * Hawaii (76%)
    * Alaska (75%)
    * District of Columbia (75%)
    * Kansas (74%)
    * Washington (68%)
    * Nebraska (68%)
    * Minnesota (67%)
    * Colorado (67%)
    * Georgia (67%)
    * Illinois (65%)
    * Virginia (64%)
    * Maryland (62%)
    * North Dakota (61%)
    * Wyoming (61%)
    * Mississippi (61%)

    Hillary Clinton: 2 States
    * Arkansas (70%)
    * West Virginia (67)

    May 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. NO-BAMA

    They were pledged; HOW TACKY

    If Obama wins–it will be the sleezy way

    Take that, "Sweetie"

    May 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. AL

    It is just a matter of time>>>19 days!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. John San Francisco

    Today we need to stand as Americans, and move to Change.

    Move to a New Form of Politics

    May 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. J

    I think Obama has a running mate and it is not Hillary CLinton.....

    May 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. "Honky white guy from chicago"

    They should convince the remaining 13 to make their endorsement as soon as possible and get this presidential campaign started. Its time for the democrats to come together and unite under Barrack Obama.

    May 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. M.P. Chicago

    Thank you, again, Mr Edwards for your Obama endorsement , you are a good man and a politician who cares about the American people and their future.

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Joe G

    This seals the deal for me. John Edwards is AWESOME.

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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