Obama takes Democrats Abroad vote, say early tallies
It is forecast that Super Tuesday, as decided by Democratic American voters in Spain, will culminate in a decisive victory for Barack Obama.7 February 2008
MADRID - It is forecast that Super Tuesday, as decided by Democratic American voters in Spain, will culminate in a decisive victory for Barack Obama, as in-person vote tallies from Madrid and Barcelona show around 70 percent of the vote going to Obama, with 27 percent for chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday's in-person voting in the two Spanish cities, however, only represents a part of the overall voting in Spain. The online vote, which will close this Tuesday, still needs to be added to the tallies, and any overlapping ballots need to be excluded before Obama can be proclaimed the victor in Spain. Alana Moceri, Democrats Abroad president, has stated that the official numbers for Spain will be announced on 21 February.
The Spanish vote will then be added to the rest of the Democrats Abroad vote (physical voting took place in over 30 countries, but online voting was offered for the first time to Democrat expats living in over 100 countries) to choose Democrats Abroad's 22 delegates to the Democratic National Convention to help name the party's presidential candidate in late August.
Republicans Abroad does not enjoy state-committee status and cannot send delegates to the Republican convention, but members were encouraged to vote via absentee ballot in their home US districts.
[Copyright EL PAÍS / KELLY RAMUNDO 2008]
Subject: Spanish news