January 26th, 2008
09:11 PM ET
5 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. Gion-Gion

    It's time to rubble! Congrats OBAMA – Yes, we can!!

    January 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Ann Jones

    Talk is cheap, and despite the rhetoric both Obama and Clinton will cater to the corporate interest at the expense of the American people! If the American people are smart they will vote for candidates like Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, who are committed to looking out for the best interest of the people. Also, the only reason Obama won in South Carolina was because Oprah campaigned extensively for him and over 50% of the voters in South Carolina are black!

    January 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Branco Ovitshio

    thank you Deana G,you are right you have to stop to talk about Race,do we fight against Al quaida separetly or together, why we can not understand each other as brothers and sisters

    we are in 21th century but still we American talk about race, we have to change ,
    yes we can yes we can this time is Obama time as Black,next time Kunicich as japanese or i do not know from where, aftre Guiliani from Italy or The Clintons from Mars

    God bless America

    January 26, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Sidney

    hey I am happy to see Obama getting out the Black vote but lets not kid ourselves, Blacks are voting Black. You can be offended Deanna but I don't think there is any need to be. People naturally vote for those they can identify with, is that so bad? The concerned christians are voting for Huckabee. I just think the problem is there is a lot more to the office than race gender or religion and I'm afraid it is factoring in this election just as it would 20 years ago. We really have made little progress.

    January 26, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Karl

    Deana; that's because there are only 2% African Americans in Iowa. There wouldn't be racial comparison.

    January 26, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Suzanne Rose

    Thank you South Carolina. I am so excited that we are one step closer to electing a very smart, strong, decent and honest person to be the president of the US. Senator Obama is just the person to get our country back on track – out of Iraq and into health care for all US citizens.

    January 26, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Change Knows No Color

    If your vote is suppose to be anonymous....HOW DOES the media or anyone.... for that fact know who voted for who???????? and What percent are of what race and what gender?????

    I'm tired of the race mess.... In your face President Clinton "South Carolina" spoke loud and clear....Just for the record that's S.C. and Iowa!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Oraginzation, huh ? How about HONESTY !

    January 26, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    I would just like to know what change obama is planning on making. He talks and talks but says nothing. I listened to him today and all he talked about was change and we can do it but doesn't say what or how he will do it. I listened to Hillary speak and she spoke of the issues, like health care, the Iraq war, the economy. We need substance not rhetoric . Now obama has to go to other states where he may encounter smaller blocks of AFRICAN AMERICAN voters...it's too bad that Black Americans can't just be Americans and can't vote for the most qualified instead of sticking together . We don't say AUSTRALIAN AMERICANS, BRITISH AMERICANS, ENGLISH AMERICANS, but they want to be BLACK AMERICANS AND MEXICAN AMERICANS. If you are a citizen you are an AMERICAN , regardless of your race. I am just glad to get out of South Carolina where all we heard was the Democratic voters are 50% BLACK AMERICANS, why couldn't the Democratic voters be 100% AMERICAN. If Blacks and Hispanics want equality, then why not call themselves just AMERICANS.

    January 26, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Jean

    New York is definitely on the schedule, Yolanda. Inclusion is the bedrock of the Obama campaign. Inclusion should be the bedrock of the America campaign. We'd be so much better off today if it had been the last 7 years.

    January 26, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. G

    THE WINNERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT CHANGE.
    WILL THE GOP WAKE UP TO THAT
    OR WILL THEY NOMINATE A WARHAWK
    WHO CAN NOT WIN. I DON'T THINK
    THE GOP HAS LEARNED ANYTHING!!!
    THE AMERICAN MAJORITY WANTS THE
    WAR TO END!!! UNLESS THE GOP
    NOMINATES RON PAUL, THE DEMS
    HAVE THE WHITE HOUSE.

    January 26, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Obama likes square dancing

    I think the Obama win was fantastic for the democratic race. Having Clinton win here would have put a damper on it.

    I am dissapointed that Obama won 80% of the black vote. I was really hoping it would have been closer, and then he got more than 25% white vote.

    I hope there isnt a bad backlash.

    January 26, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. M Rod

    In South Carolina Sen Obama crushes GOP with 205,563 Votes @ 75% reporting

    Sen McCain only had 147,283 voters with 100% reporting

    The Clintons finished well behind Sen McCain and maybe Gov Huckabee could be her.

    Obama can win on the south side of America! I support Obama 08, but I was also looking for a strong second place finish for Sen John Edwards.

    To make matters worst, The Clintons disrespect South Carolina by campaigning in other places during the S.C. primary, then not sticking around and moving on to Nashville, TN after a very disappointing showing in South Carolina.

    Remember, a year ago, The Clintons were ahead of the pack!

    v/r,
    A Soldier voting for change

    January 26, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Tony Carrollo

    The chances of any Democrat carrying South Carolina would require a sweep by the Democrats. The chances of any Democrat carrying any southern state, except Flordia are slim. So it matters little how any of the Democratic candidates does in south primaries.

    The current primary structure does little to help any Democratic candidate build a winning constituency. Iowa requires bowing to farmers and their interest in ethanol and higher subsidies and higher food prices. NH requires bowing to another irrelevant constituency. Michigan and Florida would be much better indicators. Carrying Iowa and NH is unlikely. Yet the national party bows to them and disses the millions of voters in Michigan and Florida. Any Dem who carries MI and FL would very likely be elected President.

    In my mind the campaign starts February 5 as the votes in Florida don't count. Florida may yet again cost the Dems the White House. This time because Clinton is likely to win and ask that the delegation be seated, and the Obama folks will view this as a race thing and then not turn out in November.

    January 26, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Wondering

    I am amazed how CNN is so biased and clearly showing favoritism for Obama.

    You cut Hillary's speech for a commercial while aired the long Obama Speech without interuptions.

    And you should tell your commentators not distort facts; look at your own South Carolina exit poll. Obama clearly did not win the majority of the non-black vote.

    I have been a reader for a while, and I would like impartial news please.

    January 26, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Sidney Anderson

    Say there was a 0ne percent vote for whatever and forty five percent for Clinton and Edwards. That means forty six percent voted against Obama.Where is the landslide?

    January 26, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. joe

    OBAMA CAN THANK CNN FOR THEIR ENDORSEMENT

    WELCOME TO OUR NEW FOX NETWORK...CNN/OBAMA NETWORK

    THANKS FOR YOUR "FAIR AND OBJECTIVE" REPORTING...LOL

    WATCH OUT FEBRUARY 5TH...HILLARY WILL OVERCOME

    January 26, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Paul via Iowa

    Not only did Hillary get a whoopin tonite but also Big Bad Bill.

    I am glad that Americans are taking an interest in this election.

    January 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. a little sad

    Obama won strongly today, and for that I congratulate him.

    He's not my choice but 55% to 27% and 18% is impressive.

    However, why did CNN air all of Obama's speech (okay, expected) all of Edward's speech, but went to commercial on Clinton's speech?

    Are they going to explain the difference when they projected Obama to win 70%, of the vote, how he came in 15% lower?

    In fairness, Obama did exceedingly well, and better than predicted. However, why was CNN claiming so much more than the actual results? Were they trying to make Clinton or Obama look bad?

    Is there any hope that they will return to reporting the news instead of trying to create it?

    January 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Vic

    I was watching the coverage in CNN, and it seemed like an anti Hillary camp. Everyone beating up on the Clintons. I do not think that is fair for a news channel. I am Not a Hillary supporter but how much beating can they take by the media. By the way Obama has been putting ads in Florida for about a week and the media does not mention it.

    January 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. Rae

    Congrats to Obama. I'm a Hillary supporter but give the devil his due.

    January 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. eva

    Let him come to California as well!

    January 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Bert

    South Carolina showed a decisive unity and togetherness that hopefully the rest of the country is ready to follow. It's about a brand new direction and a complete fresh start for this country. Real leadership in the Whitehouse that's going to be the uplifting promise for all americans.

    In solidarity, yes we can!!!!! Go Obama!!! He's the maaaaaaan!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. a little sad

    James Brown ( Independent ) January 26, 2008 9:19 pm ET

    I am proud to be an American !

    Thank you South Carolina !

    YES WE CAN

    OBAMA 08

    Obama likes square dancing January 26, 2008 9:19 pm ET

    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.

    John January 26, 2008 9:20 pm ET

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

    Liz January 26, 2008 9:27 pm ET

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

    Deana G. Robinson January 26, 2008 9:28 pm ET

    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!"

    Unfortunately, this is how it is reported. The count of Afro-Americans, vs white Americans, and also male vs female, and other distinctions,

    When it was all old white men, the same demographics were reported. However, most of the individual demographics didn't have a horse in the race.

    Now, since there is both a woman and a non-white male, there is s different spin on demographics that have been reported for at least the elections I have voted in for the last 30 years or so.

    January 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. a little sad

    Deana G. Robinson January 26, 2008 9:28 pm ET

    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!"

    Unfortunately, this is how it is reported. The count of Afro-Americans, vs white Americans, and also male vs female, and other distinctions,

    When it was all old white men, the same demographics were reported. However, most of the individual demographics didn't have a horse in the race.

    Now, since there is both a woman and a non-white male, there is s different spin on demographics that have been reported for at least the elections I have voted in for the last 30 years or so.

    January 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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