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= 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. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Looks like the delegates are buying their tickets for the Obama Express. Pretty soon, there will be standing room only.

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

    This is fabulous news! The end is in sight! GO OBAMA!

    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Lisa

    I don't like Edwards anymore. Instead of bringing the party together he's trying to throw Obama down our throats.

    She still beat Obama by 41 points and no one can take that away from her.

    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Ralph

    We're happy to have you on our team.

    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Sam Shrum

    Edwards couldn't even carry his own state in the 2004 election. What a loser! Good you are joining Obama.

    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Clintonista


    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    This is so great!!!! Thanks so much Edwards for choosing to join the best team......

    This is freaking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Kenneth M

    Wow, this makes WV seem so long ago. I mean that was just two days ago and already 11 people and 2 organizations have endored Obama. What is she going to do now? I mean, Obama is sucking all of the air right out of the room.

    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Jan Boca Raton, Fl

    That's great.

    Now I hope the Obama supporters will stop bashing Hillary.

    Their nappy headed boy is going to be the nominee, so
    let it be.

    As for me I am a democrat that will be voting for John McCain,

    Wait until the next scandal comes out about Obama college GAY days.

    May 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Rolanda From Memphis

    bring it on home for Barack!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. WV

    There goes the lead Clinton won in WV !

    From a deeage standpoint, this win is bigger for Obama, than for Hillary winning West Virginia!

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Margeaux

    BO is too full of BS for my liking.

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Michigan for Obama

    Why did Hilliary say in Oct. 07 that Michigan & Florida votes didnt matter? And now she wants us to be counted. Which is it? U dont need us when your winning, but when your losing it's not over until our votes are counted. what a wack job...

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Awesome! We are getting closer to the finish line!

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |

    We welcome them.

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Countdown to the nomination

    I just went to the CNN delegate counter. I gave her Kentucky and PR at a win of 65 percent. And I gave them a tie in OR, SD and MN. That will give him 1973, leaving him needing only 52 super's. So if he gets these six that will be 46 to go.
    46 to go.

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. John

    Turn out the lights, the party is over!

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. abcd

    Good Job.

    May 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Emmanuel Che

    As was expected.

    May 15, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Jason

    This nullifies WV.

    Greatest endorser, John Edwards. Thank you so much!

    May 15, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. CW4Barak

    Good.....there shall be weeping and a moaning and a gnashing of teeth in the HillBilly camp!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Kiki

    Alrighty.......Yes We Can......

    Good News for Obama and his supporters.....Yeah!

    All aboard.............Choo Choo!!!

    Obama "08"

    May 15, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Thats BS, they should vote for Edwards... This whole election process is broken, I dont care who gets in anymore we need to make every vote count and make this season shorter...

    May 15, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. James

    Keep them coming. God bless America.

    May 15, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |

    MR. AMERICA is a superdelagate who was waiting for Edwards to make a move. You will see a few more supers in the next few days move to Obama, and MR. AMERICA, while nameless on the CNN blogs, shall be one of them.

    May 15, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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