January 26th, 2008
08:45 PM ET
7 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. Brian

    Obama inspires hope for a better future....... no other candidate can do that.

    January 27, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. Richard

    The American people are sick of the GOP. They allow big business to do whatever they want. Lets stop this job outsourcing thats going on, and lets stop making China rich. For some reason the GOP loves china more than America.

    January 27, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Katy Hill Prescott Az.

    Iane, unfortuinately Independents in Az. can't vote in a Presidential Prefence Primary I'll bet they have some stupid law like that in SC as well. If we want to vote we had to re-register in one of the 2 major parties. Since I am equally digusted with both that didn't happen still there are hundreds of thousands of us cut out of the primary process.

    January 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. PJ, New York

    Obama's win in South Carolina will be Hillary Clinton's gain.

    January 27, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Virginia in NC

    Sorry Diane but you won't ever find them either. That little piece of information will not be released by the Republican Party OR the Obama Campaign for that matter. Now THAT data would really be the story!

    January 27, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Dan, NJ

    Undecided Democrats,

    Pay attention to numbers like these when considering who is more electible.

    January 27, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Democrat in MO

    woooooow !

    January 27, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. observer

    81% of the votes for him were the black vote. He will need more support than that going into other states. Obama will do as he has done during his entire campaign, now he will hang up the "brother" coat and once again put on the "it's about unity" coat.. He is such a fake and uses race throughout his campaign.

    January 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Danny

    What were the weather conditions yesterday? What were the weather conditions for the republicans?

    January 27, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Dan

    Obama ?? No Thanks – Go Romey

    January 27, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Festus

    we just want a president that can stand on his or her own....can Hilary do that?

    January 27, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Marcelo

    Diane,

    I'm not sure where you can find those stats (they may be out there). But my guess is that you won't find them since independents and republicans had to re-register as democrats to vote. But good luck! please let me know what/where you find!

    January 27, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. charlotte

    And the weather outside was frightfull, inside was so delightful, and I really don't want to go........turn the weather around the GOP would be singing the same song.

    January 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Verneka

    AS SHOULD BE, HE IS THE MAN TO GET THE JOB DONE.

    January 27, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Mary (CA)

    I can't wait to have a president I can be PROUD of!!!!

    Obama 08!!!!

    January 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Mark

    You might want to take into consideration consulting with a South Carolina meteorologist before you write such newsworthy information.

    January 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. rick

    okay i don't see what the big deal is here,, obviously black americans feel most comfortable with someone who looks more like them,, just like many white and latinos feel more comfortable with someone that looks like them,, that is not racial but personal preference,, it was not suprising that this would happen just as it was not suprising that it happened in N.H. and Nevada,, nor will it be any different when we look back after super tuesday

    January 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Kim

    You can't tell me race was not involved in south carolina, Our local news affiliates that were documenting Mrs. Obamas rounds of the area were all Black enterprises, such as church's, beauty salons, and gatherings. So tell me again how it's not about race.....

    January 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Vivien CA

    And this is important because. . . ? A win of any size is a win.

    January 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Tom Wittmann

    Obviously, due to its sharpness, personal attacks and desperation, especially by Hillary, as well as the racial and feminist issue, the Dems have more cause to vote at the primaries.

    But only in the primaries: at the elections, many will not vote for the Dem's candidate, if it is not the one they are supporting now !!! This is evident reading the blogs and reader opinions !!

    January 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Deleted User

    Yes, but South Carolina will vote for a white President. There are many blacks in the Democractic Party in South Carolina and many whites in the Republican party.
    History shows that the whites always lorded it over in SC. Since 1976, no Democractic Presidential candidate ever won in South Carolina. The whites will thumbed an Obama ticket in 2008, for sure. So forget your arithmetic. It means a lot to the blacks but nothing to the American people.

    January 27, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. maynard

    THE IND. AND THE REP. SEE A GOOD PERSON TO LEAD THE USA INTO THE 4 YEARS. THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE CROSSED OVER TO VOTE FOR THE FUTURE. ENOUGH OF THE CLINTONS

    January 27, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Deleted User

    Yes, but South Carolina will vote for a white President. There are many blacks in the Democractic Party in South Carolina and many whites in the Republican party.
    History shows that the whites always lorded it over in SC. Since 1976, no Democractic Presidential candidate ever won in South Carolina. The whites will thumb down an Obama ticket in 2008, for sure. So forget your arithmetic. It means a lot to the blacks but nothing to the American people.

    January 27, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Ann Jones

    Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in the 1980's when he ran for President, also. Obama won't win the nomination or the Presidency.

    January 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Dem08

    SC does not require you to say if you or dem or rep, but I worked a poll in SC yesterday and we had a tremendous amount of republicans (people I know)coming in to vote. My guess, for Obama. I have heard some say they would rather face Obama than Clinton in the general and thats why they chose to vote in the democratic primary. Of course, this is only what I know and I do not know how widespread this may have been, but it was happening. So we all need to think about these reults and really wonder if this is a victory for Obama, or a set-up defeat for the democrats in November.

    January 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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