Israel aside, Obama romps in global primary


Hillary Rodham Clinton was the choice in Israel, but Barack Obama easily won an international primary.

Expatriate Americans gave Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, 66 percent of the vote to 33 percent for his Senate colleague from New York in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary held Feb. 5-12.

Clinton took Israel, which is home to an estimated 200,000 U.S. citizens, 54 percent to 44 percent.

The results determine the allocation of 4 1/2 delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention in August. With his victory, Obama captured 2 1/2 delegates and Clinton two. Another 2 1/2 delegates will be determined in April at the Democrats Abroad Global Convention. In addition, Democrats Abroad holds four super delegate votes.

Balloting took place by mail, fax and at voting centers in more than 30 countries. For the first time, voting was also available on the Internet through a secure system. Ballots were cast from 164 countries and territories, according to a Democrats Abroad statement.

Republicans do not hold a global primary.

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