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. Fran

    this was part of Howard Dean's plans to pick his 25 super-superdelegates who would ensure that the delegates would see it Dean's way and to elect Obama. Don't fall for it

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Independent for Obama

    Sweet! It is great that the Edwards supporters trust the judgment of Edwards and will move to back the nominee. Hopefully Hillary Clinton supporters will listen to her words, in stating that it would be a grave error not to vote Obama in the general election, and back the democratic nominee as well.

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. stop the madness

    Thank you and keep them coming!!!

    I thought Hillary's guy said that we were to expect a flood of SDs going to Hillary after her "BiiiiiG" thump, "WiiiiiN" in WV. Well I guess we just need to keep waiting, theyes a comen'. NOT!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Wow.............God bless Senators Edwards and Obama. American want people like you.

    Obama 08 & 12

    May 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Mike

    Apparently this doesn't matter. After all, Hillary is a sore loser and will draw this out as long as possible.

    May 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Fred

    I think Edwards is a joke. Tell him to style his hair more and kiss Obama's (you know what)! It's typical politics. Obama needs white voters, well he isn't getting it through Edwards. It's obvious they are both using each other. Edwards wants to be VP. My entire family is voting for McCain before Obama if Hillary doesn't get the nom. It will be funny to see Obama Vs. McCain and every state will turn RED. Except 3 of them. LOL

    May 15, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. North Oregon Coast

    Great Job Edwards! Thank you for supporting Obama. He is the Hope for our Furture!!
    OBAMA / EDWARDS 08

    May 15, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Obama 08

    welcome aboard!

    May 15, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. DCChick

    Obama Edwards 2008!

    I saw this one coming when he dropped out.

    May 15, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Gayle

    Thanks a lot Edwards. Great, just throw Obama in there.

    May 15, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Justice

    Give it up HRC

    May 15, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. AL

    I used to have respect for Edwards, but not anymore. He is just another politician. Why he endorsed Obama a day after Hillary won WV. He could have done it last week even on Monday. I'm not a fool. No Obama for me.

    May 15, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. obamacrat

    All Aboard!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. ???

    Congrats Mr. Obama!

    May 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. HP Boston

    Oh what a bunch of sweeties! Now BO has someone who can speak off the cuff in whole sentences. I bet John KNOWS how many states we have!

    May 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. ron

    Amazing, Obama's delegate count just keeps on growing. Hillary should bow out, not because she's being pushed out(her victim approach, but because she has no way to get the nomination. I only hope that Obama realizes that he'll lose support if he puts her on the ticket.

    May 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Texas

    Edwards has lost his appeal to most people. People are not looking at facts just trying to be politically correct.

    May 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Derrick

    AWESOME!! No need to say more!

    May 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Disappointed in California

    Good old boys club at work......too bad Edwards moved now....he could have at least waited until the DNC seated Michigan/Florida and the rest of the primaries were concluded. There was no rush except the DNC boys want Obama to win. Just another looser supporting Obama.

    McCain will win in November – no doubt! Obama is no change – just the same loosers with a new memeber to the club!

    May 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Welcome to the future of change in America. You won't regret it. Thank you.

    May 15, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. ron

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

    May 15, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Ty

    Obama is not the most liberal senator. Look at their voting records. There is only 1 difference in votes between him and Clinton. Obama was not able to vote on a few occasions which gave him the false title as most liberal senator.

    May 15, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Didi

    Edwards is the secon Juda!
    I rely hope that they do now what they are doing!
    Anyhow, Americans will speack in November!

    May 15, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. M.S. Indiana

    Welcome to camp Obama, good choice and good work 🙂

    Keep them comming, we need every one

    May 15, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Concerned JG

    GREAT!!!! Go Dems!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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