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By Garance Franke-Ruta
Sen. Barack Obama's winning streak continued today with his 11th straight victory in a primary or caucus.

The American expatriates represented by the group Democrats Abroad went overwhelming for their party's front-runner, who spent part of his childhood as an ex-pat himself, living with his family in Indonesia. Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary took place Feb. 5-12.

Obama won 65.6 percent of the expat vote, which numbered more than 20,000, to Hillary Rodham Clinton's 32.7 percent, according to the group, which represents Democrats living in more than 100 nations. Voters in 30 nations cast ballots at polling stations, while others voted by fax, mail and -- for the first time this year -- online. Online voters submitted ballots from 164 countries and territories.

"With the U.S. image so badly damaged by the present Administration, American Democrats living overseas were eager to have their voices heard," said Christine Schon Marques, international chair of Democrats Abroad in Geneva, in a statement.

At stake were 4.5 pledged delegates. Obama won 2.5 of them, while Clinton won 2. Another 2.5 pledged delegates will be selected at the Democrats Abroad Global Convention in April. The group also has four superdelegate votes.

By Washington Post editors  |  February 21, 2008; 5:44 PM ET
 
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