January 26th, 2008
08:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama total more than top two GOP finishers

(CNN) - Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in South Carolina. But in the state’s Democratic primary Saturday, presidential contender Barack Obama has 294,799 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting - more than the top two finishers in last week’s GOP primary combined.

Last Saturday, winner John McCain pulled in 147,283 votes. Runner-up Mike Huckabee captured 132,440.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Yolanda Diaz

    If he wins – you'll win

    January 26, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. lc


    -speaks for itself

    January 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Luis

    Fomer President Clinton ! leave the campaign, this is not a personal business for your family , this a political issue , this is for America and america needs a change , and the change's name is Barak Obama.

    January 26, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Go Obama, I knew you could do it. Don't let the Clintons distort your true colors. YOu are the better person and the potential uniter of our country. Don't let them think that they can divide us among racial lines. I know you are the better candidate and I am a white, educated, middle aged, female- who by the way, does not watch Oprah! I want change, but along with that, I want to trust my government!

    January 26, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. lc


    -speaks for itself

    January 26, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Diane

    This is the Story!!
    Go Obama!

    By the way does anyone know how many republicans and independents voted for Obama?

    I can't locate those stats anywhere.

    January 26, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Joshua

    Now THIS is a statistic that should scare the Republicans more than anything. It seems like the Democratic base more than anything is MOTIVATED, and that should scare the living daylights out of the Republican National Committee. They need to get their voices out there too or all the Republicans will come from the South and Idaho.

    January 26, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. colene

    We have a Republican in the white house and it's up to the democrats to make a change and they are telling the Republicans just how determined we are.

    January 26, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. Leslie

    Don't let your emotions sway you! Think for a bit...it's the ECONOMY...please somebody tell me what this dude is going to do for the country? Is his words going to feed me? I don't know if you all remember but Bush had some good speeches 8 years but where did that leave us?

    January 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. sairefgm

    spectacular obama outscored both mcain and huckabee combined.


    "The first shall be last and the last shall be FIRST"

    January 26, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. Mati

    What's the point? Black people are mostly Democrats and they represent 30% of SC population. Obama got about 300,000. GOP, Hillary and Edwards got over 500,000. I admit, he got like 35% of all votes – black people and some .. others.

    January 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. Hope

    And you ask why? Please let's be realistic on why Obama had such a huge number compared to Clinton, Edwards, McCain and Huckabee. Dont insult our intelligence. God how stupid is our country becoming.

    January 26, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. Sean, Santa Barbara, CA

    WOW, this happened in a historically red state. This says a lot about the republican candidates and their popularity as well

    January 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. Hillary HATES CATS

    Hilary Hates Cats so she won't win.

    McCain is a dangerous War Monger.

    It will be Obama Vs Mitt Romney

    January 27, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  15. Harry Houdini, NY

    The Republicans would have more of a turn out if the media didn't blackout Ron Paul.

    January 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  16. do the math

    with 80% of the African-American vote, which was over 50% of the total vote, that means he had 40% or more even if not one single Caucasian person voted for him. with the other 60% split in some way for the other two, he couldn't lose unless he ran down the street naked or something. but the national vote isn't 50% African-American, more like 12%. so he doesn't start with a 40% lead, just under a 10 percent lead (80% of 12%). he needs the rest from Caucasians, Hispanics, etc. It's a long way from 10% to a majority and getting less than a quarter of the non-African-American votes (1/4 of 88% = 22%) won't do it.

    January 27, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  17. bankrupt

    Did you add in the Ron Paul votes that "disappeared"?

    January 27, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  18. Mandy, Montana

    I also wonder about the stats for republicans and independents – I believe there
    are quite a few. I know I am one, and can recognize a person of such greatness and brilliance, not to mention integrity and vision.

    Obama for President!!

    January 27, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  19. Bob, Florida - RFO

    It is very clear that Barack Obama has had an impact on the voting populace.

    Those of you who have never lead nor ever followed a real leader will always underestimate the importance of vision, inspiration and motivation!

    Management is not Leadership just as

    Experience does not mean good Judgment!

    Go Obama '08

    January 27, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  20. Mr 1st Lady

    This is an indication that Americans are moving towards a socialist government. Health care and welfare

    January 27, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  21. Gavin

    GEEZ, anyone can beat these lousy republicans....
    However, Clinton is the one who can defeat them in November and take back our country!

    Go all the Way Senator Clinton, we are with you!

    January 27, 2008 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  22. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    Those are some really high turnout numbers,, makes me wonder ?

    January 27, 2008 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  23. Sammy Nnadi

    The magnitude of Obama's win in South Carolina shows that he is the only Presidential candidate who can unite Americans and the world. He is the only presidential candidate who reached out to the new generation of Americans. I encourage Obama to focus on how he will tranform the economy that is in a shamble right now. Americans need new mind, new hand and new face come November 2008 in Washington.

    January 27, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  24. glory cartier



    January 27, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  25. james

    Good question Diane, if many republicans voted for Obama (as is allowed in SC primary), they may be setting Hillary up for bigger loss than she would have had( I know it sounds like a conspiracy theory), but the question becomes, why would they prefer Obama over Hillary as the Dem. candidate for pres.?

    January 27, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
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