NBC news has just projected that Barack Obama has substantially won the South Carolina primary and doing so with support from both African-American and white voters. It seems like all we heard from the media headed into South Carolina was that Obama was going to win S.C. only because of the black vote. The exit polls are showing that Obama and Hillary got about the same amount of votes from the white community in the Palmetto state.
PLUS, exit polls out of the S.C. show that a whopping 70% (three quarters) said the Clinton's have been attacking Obama unfairly. In addition, 55% of South Carolina voters said in the exit polls that Barack Obama is the best candidate to most likely unite the country. Hillary was down at 26%.
Barack's substantial victory in South Carolina is even more impressive when you consider that he was behind in the polls by 20 points only three months ago!! He won nearly 50% of the youth vote which shows that just like in Iowa, Barack Obama is drawing in new voters and getting those young folks to the polls.
This just underscores how Barack Obama can bring in voters from diverse demographics. He won in a white bread state like Iowa. He is winning the youth vote. He won in the large rural sections of Nevada and now won the African-American vote in South Carolina while splitting the white vote down there with Clinton and somewhat with Edwards. This shows that he can appeal to everyone, everywhere and shows that the efforts by Bill Clinton to marginalize Obama as simply, "the black candidate" where in vain and damaging to his wife's campaign.
And yet, despite all the criticism that the Clinton's have received about their dirty pool style of politics, Bill vows to keep hitting below the belt. He showed it just hours before the polls closed by comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson who won the state twice and the only similarity they have is that they are both black!!! I say KEEP IT UP BUDDY!!! You're bullying didn't help you one bit in South Carolina so continue playing the asshole card because it's just helping drive people into the Obama camp in droves.
I just watched "Hillary's speech" after losing South Carolina and she looked quite different, I say that because Bill Clinton was her surrogate. It looks like she's a poor loser by not giving her own damn concession speech!!! She did talk later in Tennessee about the Obama win using only about one sentence and saying it about as fast as she could to move on to the rest of the speech. It wasn't even really a formal, traditional concession. Her lawyer like "concession" just boosts her image as an aloof, arrogant, sore loser.
What does it tell you about Barack Obama that he pulls off this impressive win in South Carolina all the while fighting both Clinton's at the same time?
Yet as exciting this victory is tonight we mustn't get ahead of ourselves. This is still a tight race and with this win Obama and Clinton are now tied in states that they've won. There is still a long way to go but together we can literally move this country in a new direction. Keep up the blogging, the donating and any other areas of support that you can offer to help make history and get Obama elected President of the United States of America!!!
By the way, check out my Huckabee post just below this one, I think you'll enjoy it. Also, take a look at Obama's speech after his victory tonight. As usual it's a barn burner!!
UPDATE: Caroline Kennedy has endorsed Obama and said that he reminders her of her father (the late great John F. Kennedy). "I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans. He has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things."
"And she appealed to other parents to pick a candidate who she said could invigorate a younger generation that is too often "hopeless, defeated and disengaged."
There is also some hubbub that the senior Democrat and statesman of the Senate, Ted "the lion" Kennedy will endorse Obama.
Alright. That's it for me now, I'm signing off for tonight to have some beer and celebrate!!!
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