May 16th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
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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. Fitz

    I WAS WATCHING CNN LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS STATED THAT THE EDWARDS ENDORSEMENT WOULDN'T MEAN ANYTHING BECAUSE IT WAS LATE..... REALLY? IS THAT RIGHT CNN?

    May 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Adam from NY

    Pshaw...what do superdelegates have to do with anything?

    May 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Tex

    Only 135 delegates to go! The fat lady is singing! The fat lady in pant's suits is the loser!

    May 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    GREAT NEWS. HILLARY U HAVE RUN A FANTASTIC CAMPAIGN. BUT OBAMA IS THE CLEAR FRONT RUNNER. NOW IT IS TIME TO UNITE, BOTH HILLARY AND HER SUPPORTERS, SO WE CAN SEND BUSH PACKING ASAP, AS WELL AS HIS CLOSE FRIEND "McBUSH"

    May 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Deb n Texas

    Good for Obama! Thanks, John Edwards for your support!

    May 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. sophia nyc

    i love how hillary wasn't mentioned not once today. let's keep it that way.

    May 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Lisa

    And we are suppose to care because ... Obama is losing support and need Edwards help?

    May 15, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. RIP J McCain

    Time to back the nominee. Clinton has been great and will continue to be a leader in the new democratic party!

    May 15, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Asa

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. GERIATRIC

    LET'S HEAR YOUR SPIN ON THIS, HILLARY, WOLFSON, CARRVILLE LENNY, KIKI, AND THE REST OF HILLARY'S DISCIPLES.

    May 15, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Clear Thinking Independant Voter

    Given that these delegates have exersized their right to make their own decision as to whom to back .... it is particularly refreshing that 3 of these 6 delegates are women.

    Mr. Obama .... a true friend to feminists ... and the "little guy" ... a true foe to the moneyed lobbyists representing the corporations.

    He is a transformational candidate who will forever change the way campaigns & elections are conducted in this country.

    Let honor & dignity triumph!

    May 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Steve Ford

    WONDERFUL!

    Let's get this show on the road.

    It's time to unify the party and get to the business of defeating John McCain in November.

    I would like to send a big thank you and welcome aboard to the entire Edwards camp!

    BRAVO!

    May 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. trevor

    It is disheartening to read posts from previous articles. I was once a proud Hillary backer, and still find her to be a strong Democratic candidate. I do believe however, that Barak Obama is the stronger nominee. For all of you who are so polarized between one of the candidates, and ridiculously claim you will vote for McCain if your person loses the Primary, go cry somewhere else...THAT GOES FOR BOTH SIDES!

    If any of you are paying attention, the Democratic Candidates positions are nearly identical, and both have pledged to campaign their hearts out for other if they lose the nomination.

    I do believe its time for Hillary to move on, and I have moved to the Obama camp only bc he seems more above the old politics of Washington, but they are both fine Americans, w nearly the exact same platforms who would protect us from any more Conservative Judges on the Supreme Court serving life terms.

    In fact, if Hillary didnt have such phony campaign staffers she would probably have had a chance to win. Barak offers a new type of leadership that I believe all Democrats will be proud of in November, just my opinion. But if your candidate loses, most likely HRC, remember her dedication to the party, a write in for a candidate that can't win is a waste of the Constitutional Right to Vote that our country was founded on, and is a vote against your own self interest.

    May 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. carlo

    That slices Clinton's 10 point net gain down to 2. At this rate, West Virginia's delegate gain won't even matter.

    May 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. John from Illinois

    Ding dong... the witch is dead, the witch is dead!! Hillbilly needs to wake up and smell the change in the air....

    May 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Accountant Guy

    This is great news! Thank you Mr. Edwards and too the superdelegates who are following your lead.

    May 15, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Disgusted

    So what, John Edwards is a complete LOSER....Yea, he was so successful with Kerry, his own campaign, his state , so I'm sure he'll do wonders for Obama! Hillary has been railroaded in the Campaign and it's sickening! I dont think racism is the problem, it's sexism. This is why my vote is for John McCain~he may be a republican, but at least the man is a patriot and has always been proud of our country and will do everything to protect it....Unlike OB who will have a sit down with the same Countries that want to obliterate us (IRAN). Feel sorry for Israel, because if they are ever attacked God help them because Obama will have to wait and think about what to do! Oh, and I could care less about the Democratic party or Roe v Wade(I'm PROLIFE anyway) And, I cannot in good conscience vote for someone that will do nothing but harm this country in the long run...you people should really do your homework on OB and his wife....But being "typical" OB supporters, I'm sure you find some way to excuse him!

    May 15, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Tip

    All right South Carolina, my home state!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Carol

    Congratulations CNN, this has only been news since yesterday.

    May 15, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Roberto

    This is a real positive sign. Obama & Edwards would make for a great team for the White House in November. Let the floodgates open and let the endorsements for Obama flow. With the steelworkers' union and the pro-choice support given to Obama, the road to uniting the party begins. It's unfortunate that Clinton has put herself in a position to be on the outside looking in.

    Make no mistake about it, the Democrats will be united in front of the media. However, there is no way that all Democrats are happy with the way she has conducted herself during these primaries. And it sure seems like she's been spoken to, as the tone in her message is a lot more cordial; like suggesting it would be crazy that Clinton supporters not to back Obama if he should be the nominee for president. You can bet someone had to remind her that she was part of the Democratic party and not fighting republicans or independants in this primary process.

    Kudos to Hillary for toning it down.
    Kudos to Edwards for his endorsement.
    Kudos to Oabama for having kept constant contact with Edwards and his delegates in hoping to work together to make America, better, stronger, and united.

    May 15, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Obama forever

    First....... hee hee.....

    This is just the beginning... All Dems need to unite... the talk of jumping ship to McCain is silly.. Anyone willing to do so is crazy.. Because your candidate didn't make it, you'd shoot yourself in the foot to smite your face.... Crazy!

    GO OBAMA!

    May 15, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Independent

    Welcom delegates. There is room for all who want to lead this country in a new direction!

    May 15, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Travis

    Sa-weeeeet!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Hilda

    This is great. For all those that said Edwards endorsements meant nothing, COUNT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. troy of Mississippi

    let's roll, Obama Express, all aboard!

    May 15, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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