Bernie Sanders trounces Hillary Clinton in overseas primary

Julie Wiener

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaking to a crowd gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center during a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, March 15, 2016. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking to a crowd at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, March 15, 2016. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

(JTA) — American Democrats living abroad — including in Israel — overwhelmingly preferred Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in a primary for expatriates.

Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party arm for American expats, announced Monday that Sanders, I-Vt., received 69 percent of the vote in its primary to 31 percent for Clinton, the former secretary of state and U.S. senator. As a result, Sanders picked up nine pledged delegates, while Clinton earned four delegates.

The 34,570 voters participating in the primary — conducted by fax, email and postal mail — live in more than 170 countries around the world.

Among the 412 voters from Israel, Sanders, who is Jewish, received 249 votes and Clinton 160.

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The only expats who favored Clinton over Sanders were those living in the Dominican Republic (350 votes to 53), Nigeria (4-1) and Singapore (149-107). Sanders enjoyed huge margins among the expats in Japan, winning 87 percent of the vote (1,178-176), and Egypt, with 89 percent (41-5).

Despite Sanders’ popularity among expats, Clinton is widely expected to win the nomination. She currently has 1,163 pledged delegates and 467 superdelegates, whereas Sanders has 844 pledged delegates and 26 superdelegates.

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