The results of the Democrats Abroad Global Primary are finally in. With 65.6% of the votes, Barack Obama is the clear winner. Here in Russia, Obama won 77.2% of the vote, leaving 22.2% for Clinton.
More than 20,000 voters in 164 countries voted by fax, mail, internet and polling stations. Here’s how the votes will translate into delegates, from the International Herald Tribune:
The party will send 14 pledged delegates to the convention, each with a half vote. The primary was used to determine nine people, or the equivalent of 4.5 delegates. Obama won 2.5 and Clinton won two, according to [the international chair of Democrats Abroad Christine] Schon Marques. The Democrats Abroad will hold a global convention in Vancouver, Canada, in April to select the other five people who will attend the convention.In other words, even in an incredibly tight race, as far as I can tell, these votes mean next to nothing. But the results [pdf] are fun to look at for the oddities.
A full one hundred percent of American Democratic voters in Kazakhstan voted for Obama. The other way to call that vote was 2-0. Obama also scored 100% wins in Barbados (1-0), Jamaica (16-0), Paraguay (6-0), St. Lucia (1-0), Antarctica (1-0), East Timor (2-0), French Polynesia (2-0) Marshall Islands (1-0), Mongolia (2-0), Myanmar (1-0), Pakistan (6-0), Algeria (1-0), Anguilla (2-0), British Virgin Islands (3-0), Burkina Faso (1-0), Cameroon (3-0), Croatia (4-0), Cote d’Ivoire (1-0), Estonia (1-0) (David, is that you?), Gabon, Gambia, Guadeloupe, Guinea-Bissau, Lithuania, Macedonia… The list goes on. Eleven out of eleven Democratic voters in Morocco liked Obama.
Clinton didn’t get so many unanimous decisions, though one out of one voter in New Caledonia voted for her and she swept both of the US Dems in Turkmenistan. She also took majorities of one in Liberia, Libya and a few other spots on the map.
In places where the voting numbers hit the double and triple digits, Clinton won only the Philippines (55.2%), Israel* (53.7%), and the Dominican Republic where Clinton trampled over the eloquent man of Illinois with 90.3% of voters. Israel is no shock and, if you think of DR as Washington Heights (South), then that result shouldn't surprise you. Alas, I’ll have to leave the interpretation of the Philippines win to you, dear readers.
Finally, we must conclude that, sadly, news does not get out to Papua New Guinea too quickly where Edwards and Obama tied (1-1), leaving no votes for Clinton.
*Obama took the Palestinian Territories (1-0).