COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Much has been written about the strength of Barack Obama's ground organization in South Carolina, largely driven by volunteers. Some observers considered it his best among the early-voting states.
It paid overwhelming dividends for Obama tonight in precincts across the state, some of which were largely ignored in the 2004 primary.
Take, for instance, the tiny town of Estill, located in Hampton County in the southern part of the state.
In the 2004 presidential primary, just 264 total votes were cast in Estill.
In this primary race, the Obama campaign made sure to send staff and volunteers to the town. Tonight, amid unprecedented Democratic turnout across the state, 575 votes were cast in Estill, with 459 of them going to Obama, 92 to Hillary Clinton and 24 to John Edwards.