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. Franky

    You know, it was gonna happen sooner or later. I don't wanna bash Hillary but quite frankly, it literally took the energy out of her interview with Wolf and the primary win. To be honest, put yourself in Hillary supporters shoes. One day she comes up BIG, the other day she has an interview and a pretty good one and now, the endorsement. All that for nothing. That's right her supporters were pretty upset, I mean, I think it was pretty obvious...

    But they're voting for McCain! I'm sure McCain relates to Hillary so they'll be fine......

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Angel

    Thats it its over. Everyone has declared Obama the winner of the primaries. Bush has already slammed him in his speech in Israel. Hillary needs to step down so The Democrats can focus on the General Election. Those 6-8 pledged delgates from John Edwards was the dagger that Obama needed to persuade other superdelgates to jump on the bandwagon

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. RT

    Now THAT is news! Thanks CNN for focusing on the nominee instead of the person who is going to finish in second place for once.

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. RON

    let them keep coming... i wish i was a super delegate.... lol

    this is great.... president OBAMA

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Brad from SC

    Thank you, Delegates!
    Obama/Edwards '08

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Venus

    YES!

    Thank you and welcome to the "O" Team!

    Let's work together and bring hope and the American Dream!

    Great job Obama!

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    I'm happy for him. He's really had a couple of rough weeks. Perhaps he and Edwards need to work in a few campaign stops in Kentucky. I think he needs to at least make an effort to reach out to these constituents prior to the general election.

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Jack

    And the beat goes on! Go Obama! It is almost over. We now need to hear from all the voters who have not voted. They need to have their votes counted.

    May 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. PAT FOR OBAMA

    THAK YOU SENATOR EDWARD

    May 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Black Movement

    Hate all that oppose Obama!

    We don't need the white people's vote!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. kaya.independent.

    Good.

    May 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Venus

    CNN – you have reported on Obama's endorsement from my state yet!

    Come on...

    May 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Pol

    OK, better than nothing. The same amount as Ms. Clinton gained in her "outstanding" performance in WV. My colar is not blue but I am surprisingly becoming sorry for her.

    May 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Derrick in Houston, TX

    Clinton....its ok..we will make this very painful for you! LOL
    But your ship is sinking very very very quickly.

    May 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Black Movement

    We don't need Hillary's supporters!

    Hate Hillary!

    Hate McCain!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican

    So if I understand this correctly, Sen. Edwards delegates going to Sen. Obama just pretty much negated the whole West Virginia thing, and now 2 more unions have endorsed Sen. Obama today. I certainly hope Sen. Obama has the foresight to ask either Sen. Edwards or the Governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius to be his V.P. Either of the 2 would be excellent choices, as would Nancy Pelosi.

    May 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. McCain in '08

    McCain '08

    May 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Yippee! Let's unite, Dems, and work for peace, the environment, getting people out of poverty, and restoring our respect around the world! Don't listen to the Operation Chaos people on these blogs who pretend to be Hillary supporters, and say they will write in her name or vote for McCain. They can't be true Democrats who want to make the world a better place!

    May 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. unions are not stupid

    Welcome aboard all! Guess this kinda cancels out that WV Blow out right! lol!

    May 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Tell It Like It Is

    Two men with populist messages,
    both elected to the US Senate
    where they soon declared a bid for the presidency.

    No track records of accomplishment
    to exemplify their commttment to the underpriveleged or needy;
    or support the pledges and messages of their candidacy.

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    Carrying a shovel around in New Orleans and working as a community organizer in Chicago is hardly a show of accomplishment

    May 15, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Yes we can!

    dont stop, get it get it........let's get ready to rumble...............
    obama/nagel 2008/2012......this election is going to electrifying and i can't wait to campaign in NJ for Obama....i'm so excited.

    May 15, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Black Movement

    Hate Hillary!

    Hate McCain!

    Hate the white people!

    Hate America!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Bridgette

    WOW! Isn't this an exciting time in America right now. Regardless of who you are backing it is just really exciting.

    May 15, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Monica

    Okay, I just read the blog about the sweetie comment. What is the matter with you people? Why on earth would someone take offense at someone calling them sweetie. I cannot believe it was even a story worth the time and money used to print it. I am recommending counselling because your anger must keep you awake at night. Some people on these blogs say the most ridiculous things.

    May 15, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. barackobama4prez

    Let's go America!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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