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. Mama for Obama

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, John Edwards. Goal is to be 100 or less superdelegates needed by Tuesday!

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

    WRITE HILLARY'S NAME ON THE BALLOT

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Warren Dukes

    this is excellant. Way to go Mr. Edwards.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Paul

    May God deliver us from the extreme left

    God bless America

    Hillary 08

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Lawrence, a person of conscience

    *plays taps for the Clinton Campaign*

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Barb

    I hope the voter's have more sense than John Edwards, or the delegates. He went with Obama for a chance to advance his political career. He waited until he could choose the one that could help him with his chances at the vp and that is a pretty dirty thing too do to his voter's.

    May 15, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Edward

    Well How much mre do Billary Clinto and her supporters need to know or to happne for her to see..........IT's OVER

    OBAMA 2008

    May 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    Time to unite fellow Democrats. We need a resounding victory in November. The last two elections have gone into overtime. Let's make sure our voices are heard loud and clear this time. I am proud of Hillary Clinton and I admire her strength and courage. She makes me proud to be a woman and I hope she'll rally her troops behind Obama, sooner rather than later.

    May 15, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Edward

    I'm sorry how much more do Billary Clinton and her supportes need to know before it's clear to them that it's over

    Go Obama 2008

    May 15, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. April Garlow

    What a loser Edwards has turned out to be, sold his credibility for some DNC promise for his political future. Maybe they promised him ,next time around they wil totally leave the voters out of the process, and just appoint him as our candidate. It's so messy when they have to manuever around the will of the voters, so many more deals to be made, more spin to create, yada, yada, yada.Delegates and super delegates will be unimportant when we Hillary supporters vote McCain. Maybe he will be kind enough to send you a fruit basket for all the help you have given his campaign.

    May 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Barrington of Cambridge

    Scroll to the top of the page and have a look at that picture again ....

    That's one good looking and very bright ticket right there. I think Bush has proven to America that when it comes to running a nation a C+ average MAY not be good enough.

    Let's be honest, would you want a C+ surgeon operating on your love one? Well running a nation affects MILLIONS of lives ... health care, gas prices, foreign policy, etc.

    May 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Ellen Trumpler

    I think we are now seeing what is called a new "microtrend" in our culture - endorsing Obama. When we see how his fundraising strategy has worked so successfully, it is easy to see why this is happening. Endorsing Obama, while still controversial, makes
    for good business sense. His campaign is pratically a financial institution unto itself.

    What's that well-worked phrase, "It's the economy, stupid!"?. It's the economics of the situation, sillies.

    May 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. gt

    JOHN EDWARDS EDORSEMENT MEANS NOTHING ,, HE WAS GOING TO LOOSE HIS SENATE SEAT , HE WAS A LOOSER WITH AL GORE AND WAS A LOOSER THIS YEAR.GOT BACK AND GET YOUR HAIR CUT AND RELAX IN YOUR MANSION .....

    May 15, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. gerald strother

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Jodi

    Don't they make a cute couple"

    May 15, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Barack the Vote in RI

    To all you HRC supporters:

    I think this is what is known as "closing the deal".

    May 15, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. H-ROD

    John Ewards as V.P. not bad not bad at all . Hillary Clinton as V.P. Hell to the NO !!!!!!!! (yes Obama Can)!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. California Girl

    Edwards is a smart man! I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine.
    Edwards must have worked out a deal for a position in Obama's cabinet.

    Hillary 08

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. stag

    Edwards and BHO..that is a scary duo.

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. American Girl

    Please no more Hillary Bashing!
    Let's take the Republicans DOWN.
    We need to stick to Bush's comments and hold McCain accountable for agreeing with them.

    Democrats Unite... Take BUsh Down
    Vote Obama as President
    Put Hillary in a Cabinet Position
    And take down the Republicans.

    TAKE DOWN THE PARTY OF FEAR...THE GOP and it's unsavory leaders!

    May 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Holly

    Obama-Edwards grand show of deceit...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. pa voter

    one word for Edwards.....COWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now wait...two words....Spineless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. DannyCali

    It too late Mr. Edwards.......you look so chicken why you didn't gave to him
    earlier, if you gave him earlier he should be our President in 2004 and could be the VP now. Too late is too late Mr. flip flopper.

    May 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Eli

    Poor old John Edwards the HEAD OF THE DEMS finally made him come out to support Obama. What you would sell your soul for.

    Hillary Clinton as a INDEPENDENT this fall election.

    Life long DEMOCRAT that will vote INDEPENDENT or REPUBLICAN

    May 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Dina

    Wonderful!

    May 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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