Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Socialist senator receives 69 percent of the vote among Americans living abroad, adding nine delegates to his total.

Down but not out, Senator Bernie Sanders scored a big win in the Democrats Abroad global primary as the contest to become the party's candidate in November's US presidential election heats up.

"We are waging a strong campaign and plan to take it all the way to the Democratic National Convention this summer," Sanders said after his win on Monday.

The party said 34,570 American citizens living abroad in 38 countries cast votes by internet, mail, and in person from March 1 to 8.

Sanders received 69 percent of the vote to earn nine of the 13 delegates at stake. Hillary Clinton won 31 percent, picking up four delegates.

It is an important victory for Sanders, who was beaten by Clinton in five states last Tuesday.

Still, Sanders continues to trail Clinton by more than 300 delegates.

Clinton now has 1,163 delegates to Sanders' 844 based on primaries and caucuses.

In the US primary system, voters select delegates supporting their candidates in each state and then the delegates vote for the candidates in parties' national conventions.

When including superdelegates, or party leaders who can support any candidate, her lead is even bigger - 1,630 to Sanders' 870. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.

Halfway into the primary season, the Democratic race now moves to western states this week that Sanders is counting on winning to cut into Clinton's lead.

On Tuesday, Democrats vote in Arizona, Idaho and Utah, with 131 delegates up for grabs; on Saturday, Alaska, Hawaii and Washington hold caucuses with 142 delegates at stake.

But who are Democrats Abroad? Where did the votes come from?

Where did these Democrats actually vote?

Votes came in from more than 170 countries. There was in-person voting at 153 voting centers in 38 different countries. Voters could also submit ballots by email, post or fax.

What were the top five countries where people participated?

United Kingdom: 13.3 percent of total (4,610 total votes)

Sanders 2,874 - Clinton 1,726

Canada: 9.5 percent (3,272 total votes)

Sanders 2,171 - Clinton 1,087

Germany: 8.4 percent (2,917 total votes)

Sanders 2,103 - Clinton 805

France: 8.4 percent (2,901 total votes)

Sanders 1,825 - Clinton: 1,058

Spain: 4.93 percent (1,706 total votes)

Sanders: 1,295 votes - Clinton: 405 votes

Clinton only won in three places

The only countries where Clinton had more votes than Sanders were the Dominican Republic (350 to 53), Nigeria (4 to 1) and Singapore (149 to 107).

Which countries had the fewest?

- 7 people cast votes in Afghanistan (5 for Sanders, 2 for Clinton)

- 5 people cast votes in Nigeria (1 for Sanders, 4 for Clinton)

What about the superdelegates?

Democrats Abroad is granted eight superdelegates. (Each carries half a vote.) That means that there are four superdelegate votes at stake — three have made verbal commitments to Clinton and one committed to Sanders. The remaining four have yet to announce. So stay tuned.