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In the US campaign, Democrats Abroad chose Obama

28 February, 2008 01:11  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As I was saying on Tuesday the 5th, in the primary held in London by the Democrats Abroad (DA),  my personal feeling was well confirmed worldwide:  66% of voters chose Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton in the DA global primary result, representing thousands of ballots submitted by 164 countries and territories between Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.

As explained by the IHT, Americans living abroad had the possibility to vote online, by mail, fax or in person (in some 30 countries). The overseas Democrats allocated a small number of delegates on Thursday: 4.5 (Obama wiining 2.5 and Clinton winning 2). A further 2.5 delegates will be allocated at a DA convention in April 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The group also holds 4 superdelegate votes, for a total of 11 votes in the national convention scheduled for late August in Denver.

Born in Hawaii, Obama did particularly well in the Asia-Pacific region, winning 79% of the vote in Japan and 76% in Indonesia. He also did well in Europe, carrying more than 70% of the votes in Switzerland and France. Clinton won in Israel, the Dominican Republic and the Phillipines. her best regional showing was in the Americas, with 44% of the vote.

Republicans do not hold a global primary but they cast votes directly in their home districts (also on option for DA).


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