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. Skyjuice

    KEEP EM' COMING !!!

    Barack Obama 08'/12'

    May 15, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Ben~SC

    This is no big deal! Edwards is a loser! Remember? He's lost 3 times now! He even said himself that he would not run for reelection as senator of NC because he knew he would not get reelected!
    Hahaha! This is so, "find me a job" funny!!

    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. God sent him

    Obama, my son whom i am well pleased of. Now it time to tackle Mccain and Bush. Who god bless no man curse.

    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. carrie

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    ha ha ha aha ha ha ha ha
    ha ha ha ah

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. FedUpDem

    Birds of a feather...

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. tampa florida

    Good news. All of it.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. K.S. in Ohio

    Also, by the way, none of my comments have ever been posted and I really wonder why??? Could it be because I very much dislike Obama and all he stands for and because I voice my opinion about him very frankly?? That would, of course, be against everything CNN has been trying to make us believe.

    Hillary Clinton's devoted democratic supporter in Ohio.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    My family wrote the Edwards campaign a check and we want our money back.

    I had my picture taken with him and it is now in the trash. What a sellout.

    Edwards you suck!

    May 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Tim MN.

    How preytell he got these delegates to begin with is beyond me! Failed VP run( own state didn't vote for him), failed prez run and overtures his wife doesn't agree with HIM! Let's see if the country disagrees with him come November.

    May 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Did Hillary drop out, I haven't heard a peep from her today. I guess I'll have to wait and see what she's up to next, but we still love her.

    May 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. DPZ

    It is over...Democrats let united and obliterate!!!!tst...John McCain
    he is not ready for what is going to hit him this year.

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    Right ON!

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    John Edwards for VP!

    May 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Deb

    Whooooooooooohoooooooooooooooo

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Call it, its done.... unless we listen to Clinton rules and change the process after the fact, the race is over.

    Or will she do this in November as well? Will she stat trying to change the electoral college to strip votes from states that vote for McCain and give them to NY and CA so she can win the election?

    Sorry, sounds like a lot of whining to me. Edwards knew this may not be the best solution, but it is the only one to honor the rules of the party and the voters that have ELECTED whom they want, instead of overturning that to SELECT Clinton.

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Tom

    Game Over!

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Gary - Chicago

    Are these 6 counted in your latest tracking?

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. JoEllen Hamilton

    This is a boot-licking toady move to be considered for VP – and I'm a Democrat...

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Dori in AZ

    Gracias, Mr. Edwards & all you John Edwards' delegates who are now standing with Obama. Thank you!!!

    John Edwards is a huge part of this movement of change now. We are fortunate to have him. Si se puede!

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Sylvia

    FOOL

    May 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Ed

    Edwards makes me sick glad he an't president voting for Mcain if Hillary does not make it.

    May 15, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. jerry

    yeah !

    May 15, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Wee

    WHY WE NEED PRIMARIS WHEN WE HAVE DNS PARTISANS TO CHOSE A NOMINIE FOR US.
    VOTERS ARE UNEDUCATET AND CLINGING TO GUNS AND RELIGION IN HARD TIMES, THEY KNOW NOTHING SO WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK DNC PARTISANS WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING . I EVEN DON'T KNOW HOW USA SURVIVED 200 Y WITHOUT mr obama .

    DNC PRIMARIS ARE A JOKE . DEMOCRACI DO NOT EXIST.

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. pb

    Obama -Edwards -08 !!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Darryl

    Why is Senator Clinton asking her supporter to vote Republican John McCain. She needss to come out can correct her statement. That she is in full support of the Democratic Party!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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