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. Brian, RI

    VP.

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    That is wonderful news. Let's put this to bed and go after McCain.
    We need a democrat in the WH.

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Mike J

    Steel Workers Union, edwards pledged delegates follwoing him to Obama, and the Clinton people said his endorsement meant nothing lol. He got more out of this endorsement than any Superdelegate one he's gotten do far.

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. OBAMA '08

    ...as the noose tightens....

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. mama4obama

    Excellent. Forward progress in the recapturing the greatness of this country.

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. ltd1974

    The writing is on the wall for Hillary.

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Roger

    Alright let's all unify behind Obama!

    Hate Hillary!

    Hate McCain!

    Obama '08!

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Concerned Democrat

    This is not the Super Bowl. We have a chance to unite and have a democrat in the office for the next 4 years. Let's put our petty arguments about Obama and Hillary to the side and make this happen.

    Democrat 4 Life!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Deb

    Two Left Wing Nuts for the price of one!

    Vote for an Adult who knows what they are talking about and doing!

    McCain 08

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Boy

    I think the media should start calling Obama "Boy", until he and his sexist supporters understand why you don't call a woman "sweetie" in a professional setting.

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Jeff in Portland

    Welcome to the team, Daniel, Christine, Robert, Susan, Mike and Lauren!

    It won't be long now.

    Obama '08!

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Dems `08!

    WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOHOO!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. cliff

    Al Gore did you watch the Edwards-Obama spectacle ?
    Remember Florida..recount?.....revote? Be the man of honor and let the voters decide this primary

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Black Movement

    Hate Hillary!

    Hate McCain!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. tom

    sorry Hillary you are toast

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. George from Argentina

    ... cue the sore-loser "Judas!" chants of delusional Clinton supporters.

    Ahh, this race has been a great source of amusement. I will miss it when it's over.

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Boy

    The media should start calling Obama "Boy", until he and his sexist supporters understand why you don't call a woman "sweetie" in a professional setting!

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Dems Unite to Save our Nation

    Please, Obama supporters: No more trashing or taunting the Clinton supporters. We need them this fall. Be adults!

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. C from the D

    How quckly was the WV victory for Hill rendered completely insignificant? (Hillary supporters I'm not saying that to be disrespectful or mean, just stating the obvious.) Please Hill, hurry up and wrap this up so we can get to the business of helping fix whats wrong with America.

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Black Movement

    It's time to change from white to black!

    Change we can believe in!

    Hate Hillary!

    Hate McCain!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. A CANUCK

    Who needs "experience" when you have.....a brilliant mind....a good heart....sincere friends.....and a multitude of people who believe in you.
    America needs a president like Borack Obama.....God be with you.

    May 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. for the dems

    I thought obama wasn't into old politics? this was the biggest political stunt I've seen in a while. they day after hillary's win, obama calls edwards and pleads with him to come aboard, so he can get the white vote. please. obama, you should be able to get it yourself. do you think that john edwards's endorsement is going to help you in the general? I don't think so.

    while we're on this subject, I just hope people realize that obama is not all about new politics and new ways in washington. when he says he doesn't take money from lobbyists, that is only a HALF truth. he doesn't take money from federal lobbyists, but he does take money from state lobbyists, special interests, and SPOUSES of federal lobbyists.

    I'm not anti obama or anything, i'm just calling it like it is. I want people to realize that this guys is not going to "change" washington. he is as slick as the rest of them. maybe even slicker, since he has everyone fooled.

    May 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Cindy- St. Louis

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Geo from Toronto

    Oh brother, everyone is out to get Hillary and i dont understand. What is it? are Amercians afraid of a Powerful Woman? It is just wrong with what is happening to her, and totally unfair. The only answer is, that people know she is powerful and a leader, and they are afraid of her. Shame on you for letting someone so qualified walk away. I really hope she runs as an independant.

    May 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Wonderful!

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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