I’ve got two items on the U.S. elections to follow up my bit on the Democrats Abroad event.

First of all, thanks to kv for sending me the link to this report on the results of the Democrats Abroad primary, in which Obama came out the winner:

More than 20,000 U.S. citizens living abroad voted in the primary, which ran from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12. Obama won about 65 percent of the vote, according to the results released Thursday. Voters living in 164 countries cast votes online, while expatriates voted in person in more than 30 countries, at hotels in Australia and Costa Rica, at a pub in Ireland and at a Starbucks in Thailand. [and a nightclub here in Madrid!] The results took about a week to tabulate as local committees around the globe gathered ballots.

One thing that’s been interesting me even more than how Americans abroad are voting, is how Europeans would vote if they could. Most people pay very close attention to these elections, justifiably feeling they have a big impact on what happens here. In 2004 more than a few people joked that they felt they should get a vote if the U.S. is going to effect their politics too. So this item in the Financial Times caught my eye: Obama’s popular on the continent, Clinton’s bigger with the Brits:

The French, Italians, Spanish and Germans would “vote” for Barack Obama in the US presidential elections – although the British would prefer Hillary Clinton. An FT/Harris poll of more than 5,000 Europeans found that the two Democratic candidates were by far the most popular, with Mr Obama winning between 35 per cent of the “vote” in Spain and 45 per cent in Italy. But in the UK Mrs Clinton edged out Mr Obama by a margin of 28 per cent to 23 per cent. On the Republican side, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were the two most popular candidates (Mr Giuliani, who was particularly strong in Italy, has -subsequently pulled out of the race).

I’ve been hoping to get out and talk to folks, maybe do a podcast or a video if I can get a camera, and chat to folks about who they would “vote” for if they could. After some conversations this weekend with some Italian friends of mine I’ve become really interested in what it is that they pay attention to in the candidates and how that may be different from what grabs our attention.

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