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. htp

    It's very sad to see how the "new politic" played the exact "old politic". He needs Edward to rescue him, who is going to rescue us. "Baby Obama " will loose our votes. Shame on DNC. Our votes will be for Hillary or Mc Cain. DNC=Obama are the ones to ruin the party.

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

    C'MON NOW Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    May 15, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Jason in Jersey

    I can see the checkered flag, this race is over!

    May 15, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Welcome, welcome, welcome S.C. delegates!

    May 15, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. NickNas

    Well we ALL know that the Edwards Endorsement means NOTHING right?? Just ask the Clinton supporters who have been telling us that ever since he did.

    SURE Hillary didn't need his silly delegates anyway. She plans on stealing it anyway. KEEP DREAMING!!

    May 15, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Cammi317

    It's been a really good 24 hours for Hope and Change!

    May 15, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Dave

    Welcome aboard the Obama Express.... It's FULL SPEED on to the WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. SAM2008

    Edward is a loser.

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Obama v McCain

    campaign strategy at its best~GO BARAK!

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Take a stand now

    Thank you John Edwards and delegates. Lets finish this up and start on the fall campaign. Yes We Can!! Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Diane Boyd

    Great job South Carolina delagates!
    OBAMA 2008

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Gerry

    I'd expect all of Edwards delegates move to Obama over the next day or so.

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Hillary Supporter

    I am so sick of all you Obama supporters spewing the fact that he has won all these states! What a bunch of BS....they were CAUCASES! Which do not represent all of the people! Hillary won by a landslide in WV and will do so again in KY...She wins the primaries which supports the majority of the people

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. SlimSista


    OBAMA '08

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Obama Supporter

    Hate Hillary!

    Hate McCain!

    Hate America!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Par

    Edwards can F off, We didn't need his support anyway. I'm writing in Hillary Clinton in the General election. This is insane!!!!

    Obama supporters are the worst group of supporters i'v seen in a long time. Because of their rude remarks about Clinton Supporters. Obama lost my vote in the general election.

    Sorry guys but that's 1 vote you can NOT count on. 🙂

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Matt

    So, using Hillary's logic, does this mean that not only should Barack get John's delegates, but should he also get his votes? And Bill's? And Chris'? Oh yeah I forgot, delegates don't matter to her any more.

    May 15, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Proud American

    The more the merrier. Now lets go get McCain out of the way. Democrats need to be in the White House ASAP!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Dana in north Carolina

    That's wonderful. Thank you to my neighbors in South Carolina.

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. NotALemming

    John Edwards is like one of those bandwagon sports "fans". You know the ones - they wait until the team has already won the Super Bowl, and the next day they're wearing a team hat and jacket, and they're all of a sudden "big fans". What a spineless poseur....

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. gerald strother

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Tyler

    Dear Clinton supporters,
    Lets unite the party, we need to win in the general election. As she said, voting for Mccain would be a terrible mistake.

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Joe

    It's about time we end this primary for the good of all.. thank you Senator Edwards...

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Proud1of 26% in WV

    These are the unselfish delegates who have the whole country in mind instead of one person.They say a picture paints a thousand words ,last night the looks on Lou Dobbins' and Bill Schneider's faces was priceless when they said " the timing ,right in the middle of Hillary's big day".Priceless.!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. doghouse

    Edwards continues to be a backside kisser. Once a LOSER, always a LOSER!

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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