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. jimmy

    We know, we know.... everyone wants OBAMA....

    except for half of the voters who want Hillary.

    the movement is on and in motion...
    McCain '08 for Clinton '12
    Obama, well – NEVER

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. starr

    it has not been the policy of granting conncessions to potential enemies to maintain peace. so why would you think obama would be thing on these lines now. all we need to do is let iraq handle their own mess.

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Mike in the Atl

    Clinton democrats its time for us to stop fighting and unite into one to stop McBush. Lets get behind Obama and fight to get this election won in Nov.....

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Diane Boyd

    Great job South Carolina delegates!
    OBAMA 2008

    May 15, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. ron

    It's time for THIS GUY TO GET Iimpeavhed to save him from himself, and doing more harm to America

    May 15, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Hillary under sniper fire!

    McCain too old!

    Hate Hillary and McCain!

    We don't need Hillary's supporters!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Carl

    Just another 121 for the nomination. I think more supers are going to announce soon. This should be wrapped up in no time.

    May 15, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Travis (in the real world)

    Finallly some people with sense has determined this nonsense will soon be over. Alll we need is a few more to get off the fence and Billary will have to stop screaming about numbers. She's taken every possible trick out of the bag (as supplied by Bill) to extend it as long as she can. To think a young fella sold his bicycle and gave it to Hilllary for Chelsie's trip to sunny San Juan. Shame on you Hillary.

    May 15, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Charles in Florida

    Long Live John Edwards! Thank you: Daniel Boan, Christine Brennan-Bond, Robert Groce, Susan Smith, Mike Evatt and Lauren Bilton for endorsing Senator Obama!

    May 15, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Canadian EH!

    Good decision! Time for Barack to move to the Front of the Libne and get the job DOne..

    May 15, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. jay

    Let's get this over with soon. The pants suite is getting tight!

    May 15, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. God Bless America

    SUPERDELEGATES we are very PROUD that you can read THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL. We will remember when it is time to RE-ELECT. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!!!!!!!

    WE ARE THE HISTORY MAKING, RESTORING HONOR BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    **********************OBAMA "08" AND "12"******************************

    May 15, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Roxie Pruitt

    It is very encouraging that after all Obama has had thrown at him that he remains the canidate in the lead. This gives this old white woman in Alabama hope for our country as even the president of the US is in a foreign country bashing him. We know every one in the world discounts any thing Bush says, but it is mind boggling that even he sinks that low.

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter

    We don't need Hillary's supporters! They can go on and vote for McCain!

    NO UNITY!!!

    BLACK AMERICA

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. KevinPenn Sr Alabama [Teamsters Local 402]

    It is time to come together now and fight for our future.It is time to come together and support Obama and rebuild our nation back to greatness and stability.We will beat mccain-bush. To vote against Obama is to give the republicans another 4 yrs. We cannot allow that to happen.United we stand divided we fall.Go Obama 08!!!!!!! God bless the U.S.A.

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. 60 year old white female, Mo

    Hillary , Its over... Don't be so selfish... the longer you stay in this race , the more damage you do in the party.. What do you expect to happen to Obama for you to get the nomination?
    Are triying to do something very bad? We don't trust you...!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. The Austrian

    It's really going to happen, isn't it? The socialist Obama will likely be our president... I suppose that they only prayer we have is that the infighting between Obama-nuts and Hillary-ites coupled with the GOPs own aversion to McCain coupled with whatever nincompoop he chooses as his VP will lead to the first time a third party can win the White House.

    To Ron Paul and those like-minded–please save us from these fools...

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Tjaye

    Woo Hoo!!!

    Obama O-8!!

    May 15, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Stevo in PA

    It Over. Obama is the Democratic Nominee. Obama 08'

    Clinton let's end this nonsense and UNITE the party.

    Clinton, if you want the Veep, you'd better endore Obama right now

    before he reaches 2026.

    May 15, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Ready to unite

    Come on over, we welcome you!

    May 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. joseph

    It is all over.The market is over and the buyers and sellers are going home. Hillary clinton and her team knows what i mean.

    May 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. John B. From New Hampshire

    Way To Go Obama!! The Flood Continues!!

    Obama/Edwards '08
    (they looked good together last night, didn't they?

    May 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Beltway Insider

    It's over people. Period.

    Time to reconcile, get our priorities straight, unite, and get a democrat in the Whitehouse.

    Democrat '08

    May 15, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    I will not vote for your sweetie-pie, I will write in Hillary Clinton. I cannot believe the best candidate, who won the big blue states, is not the nominee!

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. bruno nana

    it is a great news for Sen Obama.
    it is time to move on to the general election.
    I wish Sen Clinton would have agree with me on this

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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