Democratic US presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders waves at the start of the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016.
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Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for US president, overwhelmingly won Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary, according to a press release by the organization of registered Democrats living outside the US.
Sanders received 69 percent of the vote, as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s 31%. In Israel, Sanders won with 249 votes to Clinton’s 160.
Sanders called the win “pretty good” on Monday, according to a Politico report.
Democrats Abroad will be sending nine delegates to the Democratic National Convention to vote for Sanders and four for Clinton, as well as four unpledged delegate votes, three of whom are committed to Clinton and one to Sanders.
The primary had an unprecedented turnout of 34,570 voters from 170 countries, 50% more than in 2008, who were able to vote in person, at 150 events or by mail, fax or e-mail attachment from March 1 to March 8.
The Republican Party does not have a designated primary for expats.
As of Monday, Clinton had 1,630 delegates (including 467 super-delegates) and Sanders had 870 (including 26 super-delegates).