January 26th, 2008
06:59 PM ET
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Mark, Atlanta, GA

    Obama's better than Hillary, but I can't understand why John Edwards isn't doing better. It's unfortunate because if he can't win SC he's most likely done.

    January 26, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Canada

    Bill Clinton and Hillary injected race!!!!

    January 26, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. kevin

    White Votes

    Obama: 24%
    Clinton: 36%
    Edwards:39%

    Black votes

    Obama: 81%
    Clinton: 14%
    Edwards: 5%

    I think Obama did better with white voters than expected. But the troubling number is the majority of the black votes going to Obama. I still think clinton will win the nomination but black votes is going to hurt her in general election.

    January 26, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Pat Munn

    Has anyone else noted that CNN posted this story 1 minute before the polls actually closed. Hmm good going cnn. While im sure he'll win way to jump the gun.

    Clinton 08

    January 26, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Jude Nkama

    That discussion is over my dear friend!!!!!!!! OBAMA is moving on for President of the United States, white, black, green, or yellow. Senator Obama was not seen as black until Bill Clinton started. Iowans are no fools!!!

    January 26, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. sean c

    Hey JCR – I believe more and more decent folks in this country are waking up to the fact that we do not need any more old school, business as usual.

    January 26, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. AnnAloha, PA Independent Thinker

    wow Senator Obamas lead went from 73% to 58% in 20 minutes...
    Maybe they should have held off on the projection?

    January 26, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Beth

    I blame the media!!! watch it now thats all they are talking about
    I bet you wont post this message

    January 26, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. HAROLD B.CAMAY,CAMEAU

    It is not a matter of racial issue ,the time for change has come .we come to
    get two decades of BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH so everyone would like to hear another last name and I also believe that is a matter of leadership and potential.

    January 26, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Rich In Seattle

    The politics of fear and distruction failed. Obama 08!

    January 26, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Stephanie

    jcr

    your woman lost big....your comments are untruthful just like your candidate's. Obama will win the white house and will kick your lying pals back to where they belong...nowhere!

    OBAMA 08! Anything but Clinton. Anti Hillary. OBAMA 08!

    January 26, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. s.positive

    As usual the backward thinking dividers amongst us will put it down to race, but that only shows how naive some folks will remain...

    January 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Jon

    This might not be a mandate for Obama, but it is a mandate for Bill Clinton to shut up and get out of this race.

    White voters 18-29 49% Obama
    Black voters 80% Obama

    These are the two groups the Democrats need to win a National Presidential election. People fail to understand – it's not that these people will vote for a Republican if the nominee is Hillary, they will simply not show up if they are not inspired. A democratic candidate simply cannot win a national election without these people showing up.

    Bill Clinton had the black and young vote in 92. Hillary is not Bill. Hillary Clinton cannot win the Presidential Election.

    If you want a Democrat in '09, vote Obama.
    Fired up, Ready to Go.

    January 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. JC

    Will CNN please report THE NEWS! It is NOT news that black people or women are voting for one candidate or another; it is Statistics! News would be why people in SC decided to vote for one candidate over another. For example, which issue was most important to voters in the state? Or, were decisions related to candidates' performance in the most recent debate? If you want to report on race or gender, perhaps the following question should be asked as part of your exit polls: "Did race/gender influence your decision and where does it rank in importance with the other issues?" If CNN wants to make this upcoming election a racial issue, and apparently it does (ratings?), then at least objectively report it as such. Ask the tough questions. If not, Mark Twain was correct, "If you don't read the news, you are uninformed. If you do read the news, you are misinformed."

    January 26, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. DD

    Obviously, all most all the blacks voted for their black candidate, Obama. And Obama said this is not racial issue? But why majority blacks didn't vote for white candidates? Looked like, the blacks only vote for Obama, but the silly whites splited their votes to Obama. Unite? That's a just a joke.

    January 26, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Oxford

    Turnout, turnout, turnout! The underreported story here is that Democrats are turning out in record numbers for primaries and caucuses while Republican turnout is mediocre. Please report on the structurally important stuff, not just the binary (or "trinary") horseraces. The wind is blowing at the Democratic Party's back (and stiff in the faces of the Bush-enabling Republican Party. Help American voters understand what is really going on.

    January 26, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. dfw

    Blame the Clinton's all you want. When Clinton wins 62 percent of the white vote, it HAS become a racial issue.

    Fair is Fair

    January 26, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. curtis

    I don't think it is a much about race as it is about Mr Clinton turning people off. He has made himself look erratic, at best, at that has not helped Mrs Clinton. Had he not gone almost rabid, Mrs Clinton would have fared better.

    January 26, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. jrh

    and the race card was first played by..........the Clinton's. I don't think Obama was playing the race card when he won a state, IA, which is 97% white. Unfortunately, it looks like the Clinton's have decided to play the politics of racial divide. How very sad.

    January 26, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. had enough

    Divisive headlines and inflammatory, inaccurate use of adjectives in articles online at CNN have been wearing me down. But the straw that broke this reader/viewer's back was the prediction of a winner in South Carolina before even one vote was counted. Bye-bye CNN.

    January 26, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. rena

    Being from South Carolina, but stationed in Washington State, I was uneasy and worried about my homestate's maturity. I was pleasently surprised to see Obama win in SC. It gave me hope that 2009 WILL be the year for change. Congrats to Obama. I sent in my absentee ballot for you!

    January 26, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. eric mercer

    Just becasue they are black, its a racial issue???...What about Iowa, what about the close margins in new hamphire. People want change...we are tired of bush clinton bush clinton...CHANGE is what we want!!

    January 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Anon, Philadelphia, PA

    Obama will have won the women's vote, the young vote, the 'independent' vote, etc. The only vote he may not have won is the male WASP vote, and while that is an area that the Obama campaign could target more, I am proud to support a candidate who cuts across so many demographic lines.

    January 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Melvin, Chapel Hill, NC

    I have heard that Barack will win SC because he is black.

    And yes, Jesse Jackson did win SC.

    But Al Sharpton did not. Nor will Alan Keyes.

    Everyone but Edwards got diverse demographic support during this primary.

    Lets keep that in mind. This is not about race, nor gender.

    Now, we as a nation, can get back to the issues and take each candidate as an individual.

    America '08

    January 26, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. MarilynJonesLadig

    President Obama will bring this nation together and undo some of damage of the past administration. He is being judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.

    January 26, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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