The Democrats Abroad primary began on March 1.
Live votes were held in many overseas locations between March 1 and March 6, and ballots could be mailed as late as March 8. Final results will not be announced unit March 21. This primary was open to all voters who live abroad, and who are not voting in any State primary. Democrats Abroad will send a total of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016. For more information, see the official Democrats Abroad website.
Results from the live in-person part of the vote are stunning. It’s utter domination by Bernie. He has won all 34 of the 34 reported precincts across the globe, often by gaping margins:
|March 1||Canada – Vancouver||88||44|
|Costa Rica – Escazú||20||6|
|Denmark – Copenhagen||160||53|
|France – Grenoble||35||6|
|France – Marseille||31||23|
|Germany – Munich||83||50|
|Guatemala – La Antigua||61||53|
|Ireland – Dublin||98||37|
|Japan – Tokyo||94||14|
|Luxembourg – Luxembourg City||40||25|
|New Zealand – Wellington||21||6|
|Spain – Barcelona||85||36|
|Spain – Madrid||323||107|
|Sweden – Gothenburg||60||20|
|Switzerland – Geneva||112||104|
|United Kingdom – Cambridge||82||48|
|United Kingdom – Edinburgh||231||62|
|United Kingdom – London||387||243|
|United Kingdom – Oxford||85||49|
|March 2||Costa Rica – Grecia||33||15|
|Thailand – Bangkok||82||55|
|March 3||Costa Rica – Pérez Zeledón||32||3|
|Sweden – Stockholm||69||32|
|Thailand – Pattaya||15||11|
|March 4||Costa Rica – Quepos||23||19|
|France – Paris||141||54|
|France – Toulouse||31||13|
|Thailand – Bangkok||73||32|
|March 5||Costa Rica – San José||22||15|
|Germany – Cologne/Bonn||20||10|
|Ireland – Galway||42||26|
|Spain – Barcelona||169||58|
|Sweden – Stockholm||87||41|
|Switzerland – Zurich||68||44|
Impressive. Over 23,000 people voted in 2008 (Obama trounced Hillary 66% – 33%).
It’s interesting to note the strength Obama and Sanders both show among Democrats Abroad. Perhaps Democrats living in other countries have gained perspective on political possibilities in other places? Or a keener sense of global social injustice? Or, more prosaically, could it be that more moderate and conservative Hillary voters are more motivated to obtain and send in absentee ballots?
Whatever the case may be, chalk this primary up as an all-but-assured dominating Bernie victory.
Yes, it’s small, but every 5- or 10-delegate-gain counts!