21 February 2008

Democratic Voters in Kazakhstan Unanimous in Support for Obama

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).


Anonymous said...

You can also think of Israel as Washington Heights (East)--when I was a kid that neighborhood was known as the Fourth Reich for its high refugee population, though that was quite a while ago.

Anonymous said...

p.s. Have your researches brought you to the Allerton Coops (rhymes with hoops), in the Bronx? Si Gerson told me the Daily Worker headline on the day after the 1932 election was "Foster Sweeps the Coops."

Anonymous said...

p.s. Have your researches brought you to the Allerton Coops (rhymes with hoops), in the Bronx? Si Gerson told me the Daily Worker headline on the day after the 1932 election was "Foster Sweeps the Coops."

BusterPh.D.Candidate said...

That's a new way of thinking both about Washington Heights AND Israel for me. As for the 1932 election and Allerton Coops... my research draws me more to the VP candidate (JW Ford) and less his work in the US, than the stuff he did in the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers, his time in Moscow and Europe, etc.

I did randomly spend some time once digging through Si Gerson's correspondence at the Tamiment for no good reason other than tracking down a lead (that led nowhere) for a sketchy piece of journalism I imagined. I think I suffer a little from that disease of arcane radical tidbits fixation. I try to control it but it gets the better of me now and then. Hence, consider that "Foster Sweeps the Coops" story filed away in my large mental folder of "unverified (but verifiable when I have more time) juicy hearsay stories."

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Si's papers are available to scholars. He and his wife Sophie (who was a YCL activist in the 1929 Gastonia strike) both lived well into their 90's, more and more isolated by declining health and anachronistic politics; by the time they died, the Times didn't even run obits, though at one time Si was a good friend of the Times obit writer Alden Whitman, who unfortunately predeceased him.

I got arcane tidbits aplenty. Come to San Francisco if you want to enlarge that hearsay folder.