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. VW

    Edwards' endorsement is nothing. You know, four years ago he did the same thing (candidate) to that candidate and then that man lost the game in 2004. He did this again and just hopes Democratic Party to lose in the fall by refusing strong candidate.

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. OBAMA GIRL

    Does anyone think it's odd that Edwards was still on the ballot in WV? How long has he been out of the race? I know it doesn't matter because Obama is still winning, but it could have closed the gap in % points.

    Also, what goof ball would actually select Edwards on the ballot, knowing that he's not running. Sounds fishy to me.

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Leericists

    Keep your eyes on the ball Obama !
    Keep Going !

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Thank you John Edwards for endorsing Obama. I hope you are either the VP on the ticket or a cabinet member in the Obama Administration.
    I voted for you way back when they had the Tennessee primary and currently support Obama all the way! Is Elizabeth going to endorse Obama as well? I certainly hope so. Great going you guys.

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Felix Sanchez

    The sooner the superdelegates line-up for Senator Obama, the sooner Senator Obama and the Democratic Party can line-up against Senator Cain, President Bush, and the Republican Party.

    This is a defining moment in our country's history!

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Shaq314

    Imagine Barack Obama as President and John Edwards as Vice-President. Those two signify change.

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. The truth

    It looks like Senator Obama has found his running mate.

    OBAMA/Edwards 2008

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. A GEORGIA MAMA THAT LOVES OBAMA!!!!

    THANK YOU EDWARDS DELEGATES!!!! THANK YOU, THANKYOU!!!

    FOREVER GRATEFUL!!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!! '08

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Tucson Native

    I think that John Edwards is despicable. To endorse Obama around the time of the evening news which kept Hillary's big win in West Virginia off the front pages. Talk about playing politics. Just another politician looking out for himself.

    Joan

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Joe Regis

    Oh Hillary what is the case you said you were going to make again?

    There is no more case to make, no more dynastie, no terms to negotiate.

    America has had enough.

    Time for somebody else for VP to bring about change in America.

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

    3 x's loser backs OBO! get over it CNN! This man will not win in NOVEMBER and you know it!!!!!! HILLARY'08!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Cathy from Baltimore, MD

    History in the making. Hope is a powerful thing. Contageous, too!

    May 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Bill

    I love Edwards' consistency. He endorsed Obama because he feared that Clinton's huge victory was hurting Obama. He's always been a strong supporter of affirmative action.

    May 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. genie

    Edwards sucks just like Obama and so do any of his followers, there goes a chance for a Democrat in the White House, maybe 2012. I will never vote for Obama and Edwards will have his day sooner than later.

    May 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Darryl

    One step closer to securing the nomination and than we can say goodbye Clinton...

    May 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Rebecca

    And the drip is getting heavier....

    Michigan had 600,000 voteres in their democratic primary and Hillary wants to claim that it was valid. If it was a valid election there would have been over 2 million voters who voted. So only 30% of Michigan voters came out to vote and the Clinton campaign and her supporters say it was valid and should count. Then what do you tell the rest of the voters who didn't vote because they knew it wouldn't matter? You want to count 600,000 votes and disregard over 1.4 million votes. Now who are the Clintons disenfranchising? Come on CNN, report that.

    May 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. James

    That's why the endorsement matters. It's about the delegates, stupid!

    May 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Michael, San Francisco, Ca.

    I have got to say that the more I read the comments from Obama supporters, I am absolutely stunned at the nastiness shown to Hillary Clinton. There is no excuse for such incivility. It is unseemly and it just furthers Hillary's supporters resolve to not vote for Obama in the general election. Come on people, please try to be nicer...........it truly reflects poorly on Obama.

    May 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. precious

    Isn't it amazing how NO ONE on this face of the earth, can tell what will happen in the next second, minute, hour of the day, but we can predict, can't we? I wonder what tomorrow will bring? In times like these, I will continue to cling to my "FAITH", because it is the SUBSTANCE of things hope for, and the EVIDENCE of things NOT SEEN.

    There is a time for love, a time for hate, a time for war and a time for peace! When is that "time"? Only "time" will tell.

    God Bless us All!

    May 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Lawrence

    I believe that alot of Obama haters are finally seeing the handwriting on the wall, Hillary days are numbered. I would hate to be the one sitting at home mad,seeing everyone coming out for Obama. You should have jumped ship a long time ago.

    May 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. AKRON, OHIO OBOMA SUPPORTER

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Si se puede!

    Thank you, Edwards Delegates! Yes WE Can!

    Obama '08, '12

    May 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. T in Kzoo

    Hows that for a game changer!

    We really should be, however, focusing on McCain more than anything else right now. Keep Bush-Lite out of office!

    Dems '08

    May 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Anton

    I'm just wondering if these "so-called" liberals are really "sexist" at heart...they'll do anything to prevent a woman, who basically has the same political view, from being elected as president.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Jeanne

    Good! It looks like the party is beginning to embrace Obama as the nominee.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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