As an American living abroad, I rarely think of myself as belonging to any sort of expat bloc, even though, taken together, we would constitute the 12th most populous state: there are 8.7 million US citizens living outside the country. I did, however, vote in the Democratic primary as part of this constituency.
Democrats Abroad will send 13 delegates (as well as eight superdelegates) to the Democratic convention, which is more than Wyoming. The results came in a few days ago, and Bernie Sanders is the winner.
Are Americans who go abroad more liberal, or do they become more liberal as a result?
He is, in fact, the overwhelming winner: 69% of the vote, to Clintonís 31%, with just under 35,000 votes cast internationally. In the UK, which had the most overseas voters of any country, he gained 62%. Of seven expat Democrats in Afghanistan, five voted for Sanders and two for Clinton. She came top only in the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Nigeria.
Itís even harder to know what to make of the 75 Americans living abroad who went to the trouble of registering as a Democrat in order to vote ďDonít KnowĒ; five were in the UK. It was raining on the day I went. And cold. If you hadnít made up your mind, why would you bother?
If itís an interesting, and potentially revealing, win for Bernie, itís not a terribly significant one. He picked up all of nine delegates. Hillary got four.
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