The 2020 Global Presidential Primary Results Are In!

  • Sanders received 57.9% of the abroad vote, securing 9 delegates for the Democratic National Convention, while Joe Biden received 22.7% of the vote and 4 delegates.
  • 39,984 Americans successfully cast their ballot, a 15% rise from 2016. 

Democrats Abroad, the official international arm of the Democratic party, today announced the verified results of the Global Presidential Primary:

  • Senator Bernie Sanders received 23,139 votes (57.9%), resulting in 9 delegates.
  • Vice President Joe Biden received 9,059 (22.7%), resulting in 4 delegates.

“Americans abroad have spoken, and they’ve done so in higher numbers than ever, despite the challenges of Covid-19,” said Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad. “I’d like to congratulate all of our volunteers and leaders for helping voters participate - either remotely, or in voting centers, and I’d like to thank the voters in 180 countries who cast their ballot in our largest-ever Global Presidential Primary.”

This is the highest turnout that Democrats Abroad has seen in a Presidential primary, up more than 15% from 2016. Sanders also received the most votes in the 2016 primary against Hillary Clinton (23,779 votes to 10,689, respectively).

“Americans abroad are consistently a very blue voting bloc, and the turnout we’ve seen during the primary, as well as in voter turnout of general elections in 2016 and 2018, reflect that. Our voters believe in affordable healthcare and education, and a government that looks after its people -- both those citizens at home and abroad,” added Amanda Mohar, Communications Director. “When it comes to our 2020 efforts, the focus now turns to readying the thousands and thousands of other blue voters around the world to request, receive and return their ballot for the general elections.”

The results of the primary determine the number of delegates that each presidential candidate will receive from Democrats Abroad at the Democratic National Convention this July - thus helping determine the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2020 elections. Democrats Abroad sends 21 delegates to the Convention, 13 of which are pledged delegates.

All Americans residing outside the United States may run for a convention delegate position, provided they are 18 or older by November 3, 2020, are Democrats Abroad members and do not participate in any other US presidential primary this year. The submission form to become a delegate will be available at beginning March 24. 


% of Total Number of Votes Delegate Count

 Bernie Sanders

57.87%  23,139 

 Joe Biden

22.66%  9,059 

 Elizabeth Warren*

14.33%  5,730 

 Michael Bloomberg*

2.23%  892 

 Pete Buttigieg*

1.54%  616 

 Amy Klobuchar*

0.56%  224 

 Tulsi Gabbard*

0.37%  146 

 Andrew Yang*

0.21%  85 

 Deval Patrick*

0.07%  26 

Tom Steyer*

0.05% 19 0


0.12%  48 


100% 39,984  13

*Suspended campaign


Additional Stats:

  • Voters in 180 countries successfully cast their ballots

  • The UK saw the most votes cast remotely, at 3,965

  • Germany saw the most in-person votes cast, at 2,741

  • Countries with the highest total turnout included UK (5,689), Germany (5,268), Canada (4,691), and France (3,017)

  • Country committees in Argentina, Ecuador, Finland and Romania held their first-ever in-person voting centers

  • More than 3 in 5 voters cast their ballots remotely 


Key Upcoming Dates:

  • 24 March 2020: Delegate submission form available

  • 16 May 2020: Democrats Abroad Global Convention

  • 13-16 July 2020: Democratic National Convention

  • 3 November 2020: United States Presidential Election



Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for United States citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee, with eight positions on the Democratic National Committee, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate. For more information, visit