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Democrats Abroad – Regional Caucus

Democrats Abroad Announces
Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) Regional Caucus
15-16 March 2008 in Brussels, Belgium
7 March 2008, BRUSSELSDemocrats Abroad today announced plans for the organization’s Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) Regional Caucus, which will take place March 15-16 in Brussels.  The meeting will take place at the The Crowne Plaza Brussels City Centre, rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels, Belgium.  Members of the media are invited to attend, and should register via email with Tia Viering at [email protected]. At the EMEA Regional Caucus, the organization will select the region’s 6 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, 25-28 August 2008.
"Just because we live abroad does not mean the US is no longer our country.  We will participate in the selection process for our Democratic nominee and the next President of the United States," said Meredith Gowan Le Goff, Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair for Europe-Middle East-Africa.  "Our meeting in Brussels is the next step for Democrats Abroad on the way to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, and to putting a Democrat back in the White House."
"DA Belgium is delighted to welcome delegations from more than 30 countries to Brussels, where we are hosting Democrats Abroad’s EMEA Regional Caucus," said Kevin Prager, Chairman of Democrats Abroad Belgium. "There are very busy days ahead of us, and I’m convinced that they will be of great use to the individual country committees — and to the organization as a whole."
On February 21, 2008, Democrats Abroad announced that Senator Barack Obama won the organization’s Global Primary with 65.8% of the vote.  Hilary Clinton received 32.5% of the votes cast.
Under the Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan, the results of the worldwide primary are to be applied to the Regional Caucuses.  These primary results determine the allocation of 2 delegates to be elected by the Americas Regional Caucus, 1 to be elected by Asia-Pacific Regional Caucus, and 6 delegates to be elected by the Europe-Middle East-Africa Regional Caucus. 
Based on the results of the Global Primary, there will be 1 delegate each for Obama and Clinton in the Americas; 1 delegate for Obama in Asia-Pacific; and 4 delegates for Obama and 2 for Clinton in EMEA.  These relative results will be used to determine the allocation of 4.5 delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention.  Based on this, Senator Obama has 3 delegate votes, and Senator Clinton 1.5 delegate votes. 
Five additional delegates, with 2.5 votes, will be elected at the Democrats Abroad Global Convention in April.  In addition, Democrats Abroad holds 4 superdelegate votes, resulting in a total of 11 delegate votes for Democrats Abroad. A total of 22 delegates, each representing a half vote, will attend the Convention.
14-16 Mar               Brussels                DA Regional Caucus (Europe-Middle East-Africa)

11 Apr     Vancouver                             DA Regional Caucuses
(Americas; Asia-Pacific)

12-13 Apr               Vancouver                             DA Global Convention

23 Apr     Brussels                DAB speaker event/discussion of press freedom in the US
25-28 Aug              Denver                   Democratic National Convention