January 26th, 2008
09:11 PM ET
6 years ago

South Carolina organization pays off for Obama

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.

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  1. Joseph

    To: Do the math

    I doubt CNN will post this, they never do mine but anyway. So you are telling me that when Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry who got well over 60% of the Black vote in other elections, Black people were just voting on race? With all of those people standing in line in Flordia in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 were just voting on RACE alone! And if you are implying this so all of the White male democrates MUST vote for John Edwards and White female democrates MUST vote for Hillary because naturally that's what they are right? But for that to be correct how can you explain Iowa, I think they were 95% Causian. Maybe Black people who like White people and Asia, Hispanic, Native Americans, and everyone else vote for the person they feel is most quallified. If, it's not the canidate you like don't start making up dumb excuses for it.

    January 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Becky Montgomery

    Nita, I am from Texas and can't wait until he comes here so I can vote for him! By the way, I am an older (58) white woman. I will be glad when I don't have to say that to combat the African American comments. We are all people, and Obama recognizes that. If you watched in the crowd last night, there were people from all cultures there.

    January 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Organization? It was pure and simple self-motivation on the part of blacks to vote for their favorite brother and they had to come out in big numbers to make sure their brother will get to the White House. But that speaks only for South Carolina. If Obama loses in the Super Tuesday states, I hope nobody will say Obama had no organizations there.

    January 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Deleted User

    Organization? Actually, it was purely self-motivation on the part of the blacks to get out in big numbers and vote for their brother Obama. This is only South Carolina. Obama is in for a big loss on Super Tuesday. I hope nobody will claim that Obama had a weak or no organization in any of the Super Tuesday states.

    January 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Greg CA

    Seaswell: My excuse for his win in the Iowa caucuses: Oprah! Yep, Oprah and her big fat, racist face.

    January 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. J Wayne

    Let the games began...Obama for President in 2008.

    January 27, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Andrea

    California stand your ground and do not be fooled by eloquent speeches. He doesn't care about any other Americans except his own "race". That is the plain, ugly truth. We don't need that in the White House.

    Let's get Senator Clinton to the White House

    January 27, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. The Observer

    Iowa was meaningless – caucus votes are notorious for throwing up surprise results.

    Clinton was never going to win SC – her traget has always been Feb 5 – where I suspect she will wipe the floor with Obama.

    January 27, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Ann Jones

    Obama is just a mouthpiece for the Washington establishment. He will not bring about change for the American people. If Americans are smart they will vote for Mike Huckabee, the only FairTax candidate. Don't be fooled by Obama's cheap rhetoric. Remember, talk is cheap.

    January 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. nell

    Oh he'll be in New York soon YOLANDA DIAZ .

    You can count on it!

    OBAMA 08!

    January 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. I call for the good people of America to call the Media and insist they stop Stealing the Election

    Proves racism is alive in SC!

    January 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Lastimosa

    obama is not change. he is just novel. he won in south carolian because he is black.

    HILLARY CLINTON EMBODIES CHANGE AND EXPERIENCE. THE RIGHT PERSON FOR ALL OF US HERE IN AMERICA.

    January 27, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    HILLARY IS TAKING NEW YORK BY DOUBLE DIGITS, AS SHE WILL IN NY,CA, FL AND BEYOND-JUST NOT PRIMARILY BLACK COUNTIES OR STATES LIKE ALABAMA OR MISSISSIPPI WHERE OBAMA CAN BE VERY BLACK IS HIS VOICE AND ACTIONS COMPARED TO, SAY, FLORIDA, WHERE HE CAN CHANGE HIS VOICE AND ACTIONS TO BE VERY WHITE IN APPEARANCE.
    OBAMA-THE CAMELEON.
    I AM NOT RACIST, I JUST HAVE BEEN NOTICING THE OVERWHELMING CHANGE. ROMNEY KIND OF DOES THE SAME THING TOO–VERSATILE EH?

    January 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. CHRIS DIONEDA NASHVILLE ILLINOIS

    MEDIA BIAS TO OBAMA PATHETIC

    January 27, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. Chantal

    Bill & HillaryClinton are bad for the country right now.

    John McCain wants to bomb everybody, kill 650,000 people, injure 50,000 Americans soldiers, and destroy 4,000 military people.

    This dude is crazier than George.
    Bill Clinton is plain crazy.

    January 27, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. VC,MD

    Congratulations Obama,
    It's time for people to recognize a leader from opportunists. Except Obama (and may be McCain), every other candidate is an opportunist who has been planning the presidential run for a long time. Some like Clinton started corrupt and some others have been corrupted in the process by the lobbyists and deep pockets. Obama is the only one with almost no baggage who can bring about change in Washington DC and restore people's faith in democracy. He may or may not live up to the expectations but he is the only hope at this time.

    January 28, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  17. Mary

    Can someone remind me which Bill Hillary wrote in the Senate? Oh, yeah...she has not authored or co-authored any successful Bills in the Senate. So what has she done in the Senate (besides vote to send our troops to war, in which she has said that she did not even read the report before voting-she was briefed!). If that is how she represents experience and change to get things done-No thanks!

    January 28, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. blindman

    its amazing how when a black man gets the black community to vote for him, some how it is racial. but if the white man gets the white community to vote for him
    its not. i wonder how ideals that this get into the white mans mind, i wonder.

    January 28, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  19. Jimmy

    All the dirt and negative ads will be coming out during the summer and fall and up thru the few days before before we all get to the Polling places and VOTE...which we must all do. Vote not on Emotion, but on the enormous issues and problems facing our country. Look at the records of all the candidates with close scrutiny.
    The Campaign rhetoric that is going on should be compared to the record and facts about each candidate...not about their families. Some people label Obama
    a muslim because of his middle name, some people hate Hillary because of her husband, others for other personal reasons.
    Get Real fellow Americans. Pray for our Country..

    January 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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