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.

soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. James Brown ( Independent )

    I am a 51 year old white male , and today my faith in the American people has been lifted greatly. I am also disabled and live on a fixed income , but i do intend on supporting Barack Obama with a donation to his campaign.

    The right person at the right time !

    Yes we can

    Fired up

    Ready to Go

    OBAMA 08

    Thank You South Carolina !

    January 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Beans

    And can I just say to , now that the SC results are in, "PAYBACKS ARE HELL, HELLARY!"

    This was a BIG WIN for Obama in SC, not just a slim win labeled as a "big win" by media for Clinton. Obama was still leading in delegates even with those supposed big wins. Media, why don't you start reporting things accurately? And CNN…how about doing away with your projected delegate wins page? It's crap.

    Possibly we should be looking at these results differently than how the media is looking at them.

    Iowa–they scrutinize candidates and picked a winner–Barack Obama!

    New Hamphire–the polls were wrong, but what was accurate was that at the time of the primaries Barack Obama was coming way up from the huge gap he was behind Clinton previously–it just wasn't as much as the polls were reporting. How dare you look at that as a huge loss. Look at the delegate count there–NOT a huge loss!

    Nevada–pretty much a tie–again, look at the delegate count.

    And now…in a state again where quality is recognized, Barack ROCKS SC! Who cares what color or gender people who voted there were. We are ALL in this together! Get a clue–this is not about race or gender. People don't want Hellery not because she's a woman, but because she's power hungry and dishonest! And they want Barack because he's honest, and offers us hope for change.

    How sweet it is………..how sweet it is…………….:)

    January 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Robert

    It didn't hurt that the whole state saw the Clintons campaing like Rove would have told them to. one month ago, Obama was down something like 20%. No amount of "organization" creates a change like this. I think that Obama represents the future of his party and our country.

    January 26, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. JIM

    I am proud that the Daughter of JFK has endorsed Obama. I may not have been around when JFK was President, but his message has carried on into my generation.

    Thank you Caroline for giving America your father and thank you for continuing what he was about

    God Bless the U.S.A

    January 26, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. James Brown ( Independent )

    I am proud to be an American !

    Thank you South Carolina !

    YES WE CAN

    OBAMA 08

    January 26, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Obama likes square dancing

    Senator Obama had a ground organization that was far beyond Clinton and Edwards combined. Even Hillary was impressed.

    Obama is king today. He took a whoopin out on Clinton and an even bigger one on Edwards. Congratulations for a hard fought victory.

    My condolances go out to Senator Edwards, whom really is a good man. He just was at the wrong place and wrong time in between two very strong candidates.

    He will always have my respect too.

    January 26, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. John

    Obama is waking up all new voters. These all new voters, they are all on Obama's side.

    January 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Bill in Montgomery, AL

    BILLARY AND HILLARY, PLEASE , BOTH OF YOU JUST GO AWAY. AMERICA HAS SPOKEN AND HAVE TOLD YOU THAT WE NO LONGER WANT YOUR TYPE OF BACK-BITING POLITICS. BOTH OF YOU JUST CRAWL BACK UNDER THE ROCK YOU CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER!!!

    January 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Bev

    Well I'm NOT Aftro-American and I AM going to vote for Obama. Abe Lincoln reincarnated in a black body.....now you can't get any better than that. Obama is the ONLY choice in America this time!!

    January 26, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Tanner of KS

    Well, congratulations to Obama. But I still believe HILLARY has what it takes to win the Democratic nomination.

    It is expected that Obama will win SC but let us look at the big picture, Hillary will bounce back! She is the most qualified and experienced among the candidates!

    HILLARY is already out of SC and focusing on the big picture. GO HILLARY!

    January 26, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Anti Clintons

    Obama knows what he is doing, he's doing it right. Everyone is important to him. Hitlery just wants the big voter turn out, it sure didn't pay off for her did it.

    Go Obama!

    January 26, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Robert in Albuquerque

    Congrats to Obama but listening to his speech at the moment I continue to hear him slam the "other" person running. If he really wants to be above the "fighting" then why even go there in the first place. It's clear now more than ever he really does hate Hilary and can't help but play in the mud with her. Sad!

    January 26, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. RitaJ

    So, Today as the polls predicted, Obama was the winner, let him enjoy tonight, for his glory will not last. Hold on tight the race is about to get exciting, Hillary Clinton will emerge victoriously in all but a few states, and she will go on to be the Democratic Nominee. Florida's voices will be heard and they will COUNT on Tuesday January 29th. I am sick of the media discounting the importance of Florida! Just wait and see the impact Florida will have on Super Tuesday, and in the end our votes will be hear and counted! It was quite interesting to me that South Carolinians over whelmingly want a President who cares about them and those who want change, and yet we can't have change if the person can't get elected? What good is change and care if you are not elected? Who cares? Yet South Carolinians could care less about experience or electability! Stupid People!

    January 26, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. Robin

    I'm so very disappointed with the SC primary!! To vote for a person just for their skin color is a disgrace... it isn't like just because he is black he will increase your welfare.
    As far as the Clintons "attacking" Obama, people need to look back and see who said what first.
    Having the media only broadcast Obama in a good light and the opponents in a less than desirable light isn't helping either.
    Why don't voters use their own intelligence and vote for the best person that can do the job as opposed to following everybody else's opinion and get led like sheep to slaughter?

    January 26, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Liz

    I heard Obama's voice talking, and saw Obama's lips moving, but the speech content was ripped right off of the Edwards campaign!

    January 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. Deana G. Robinson

    I feel very offended with the statement earlier of comparing white voters against black voters during the South Carolina primary. Racial comparing in this country is what holds USA from others and make us a laughing stock! Was there a racial comparison in Iowa? No, I don't think so!

    January 26, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. independent thinker

    It looks as if democrats are putting much value on this race–and they voted overwhemingly for Obama. That voter turnout was unusually high showed how much democrats want Obama for their candidate. Hopefully, democrats across the nation will see the same way.

    January 26, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Mary

    Carolin Kennedy, it is wrong that you endorsing Obama and not Hillary because Obama will divide the country. His healthcare policy does not even cover everybody except the rich and don't thing your daddy had that in mind when he run for the office. Your father is not in any way in comparison with your father, because one thing, your father went to war and you lost an uncle. Obama is from poor african country and will be better if he had a little experience than now. I know fully well that you Carolina will hire any one without experience to run your household so before you speak again think first.

    January 26, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. JD, WI

    Obviously Kennedy’s are jealous of Clinton dynasty.

    January 26, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. MattB

    Although I like Obama, I fear that if he wins the Democratic nomination the Republicans will win the White House in 2008. All of HIllary Cinton's dirty laundry has already been aired, but just wait until they start digging into Obama's past to paint him as an inexperienced left wing liberal. All of the Republicans will vote for the white man, and so will any prejudiced Democrats.

    January 26, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. Max

    I find it amusing how biased CNN is biased towards Obama.
    CNN makes a mistake because people expect a non-biased press.

    Hillary will win the National Democrat vote because she is the most experienced and because there are more white voters than black voters.

    January 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Robin

    I'm so very disappointed with the SC primary!! To vote for a person just for their skin color is a disgrace... and I feel quite sure this is what happened.
    I asked one voter from SC tonight what was so great about Obama and why did he vote for him
    He said CHANGE!! I asked what exactly Obama would change and the guy says "well... he is African-American"
    Who cares?? What good is your race in public office?
    Just like when Bush ran for office the first time... I asked a fellow Texan why they voted for him
    "He's from Crawford and when he gets in office we will get that road fixed there"
    Guess what...8 years later and the road he was talking about in Crawford still isn't fixed.
    Wake up AMERICA
    Why don't voters use their own intelligence and vote for the best person that can do the job as opposed to following somebody just because of their race and get led like sheep to slaughter?
    As far as the Clintons "attacking" Obama, people need to look back and see who said what first.
    Having the media (CNN) only broadcast Obama in a good light and the opponents in a less than desirable light isn't helping either.

    Hillary '08!!

    January 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Yolanda Diaz

    Let him come to New York

    January 26, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. chevy

    Please my friends. Love one another and listen to Obama's message. He does not speak of anger even when anger is directed at him, he speaks of unity. We as democrats need to unite and send obama to the white house. the man racking up brand new democrates every day.

    January 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Yolanda Diaz

    Never

    January 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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