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  • Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in every country but Singapore and the Dominican Republic.

    Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in every country but Singapore and the Dominican Republic. | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 March 2016

Sanders overwhelmingly defeated his rival Hillary Clinton among U.S. voters living abroad, including Israel, picking up 9 of the 13 delegates at stake.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won just under 69 percent of the vote in the Democrats Abroad primary, beating Hillary Clinton in every country but Singapore and the Dominican Republic, it was announced Monday.

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The Democrats Abroad primary allows U.S. citizens across the globe to cast ballots in the presidential nominating contest, with 13 delegates up for grabs, nine of which went to Sanders. Voting took place by fax, email, letter and in-person at select embassies between March 1 and March 8.

"During the primary, we experienced a record turnout, with 34,570 votes, up 50 percent from 2008," Katie Solon, international chairperson of Democrats Abroad, said Monday. "A diverse constituency of Democrats of all voting ages living around the globe brought their perspectives and priorities to our party's nominating contest."

That diverse constituency handed Sanders victories in every part of the globe, including Israel, where he won more than 60 percent of the vote – a result announced the same day that Clinton addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, seeking to win over pro-Israel voters by expressing strong, unbending support for the top recipient of U.S. military aid.

It was the same story elsewhere. In Canada, for instance, Sanders beat Clinton 2 to 1; in the Americas his margin of victory was 3 to 1, voters in Central and South America perhaps more familiar with Clinton's record as secretary of state, including her support for a military coup d'etat in Honduras.

Clinton did win big in one place: the Dominican Republic, where she earned 87 percent of the vote, receiving 350 ballots to just 53 for Sanders. In Singapore, her victory was more narrow, with the former first lady garnering 149 votes to Sanders' 107.

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