Azara Blog: Obama wins South Carolina by a landslide

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Date published: 2008/01/27

The BBC says:

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama has secured a decisive win in the South Carolina primary election, as he bids to be the Democratic Party's candidate.

The Illinois senator beat his main rival, Hillary Clinton by 55% to 27%, with John Edwards third on 18%.

The result is a boost for Mr Obama's campaign ahead of Super Tuesday on 5 February, when 24 states vote for who they want to run for US president.
Smiling broadly as he greeted supporters at a victory rally in the state capital, Columbia, Mr Obama delivered a rousing message of unity and hope.

"The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or genders," he said. "It's not about rich versus poor, young versus old and it is not about black versus white.

"This election is about the past versus the future."

All three leading Democrat candidates are way, way, way better than any of the leading Republican candidates (who unbelievably make Bush look good). But the idea that the South Carolina contest was not about "black versus white" is plainly incorrect. 80% of black people voted for the black candidate. 80% of white people voted for one of the two white candidates. The South Carolina contest was pretty clearly about race, more than anything else.

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