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.

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  1. Mike

    wake up!!! the only thing I see in Obama is a preacher with no agenda and experiences !!! He is not a clean politician also, as junior senator, Obama's wife work as adviser in Wallmart before and they got a mansion with big discount $300k, thats a lot of money, I even can buy one house with that money!

    January 26, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. H Brown

    What's up with the "basketball " comment made by one of your commentators about Obama; when the age comparison was made about Obama and McCain.

    January 26, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. B. Nelson

    It's amazing that the media keeps emphasizing the number of African Americans that voted for Barack Obama in South Carolina. It's as if they are INTENTIONALLY trying to make this a race thing. Yes, our country has a sad past when it comes to race, but it seems now is the time that we are finally trying to move beyond that. Here we are as an entire nation making an attempt to look beyond color at a candidate's credentials, and our blessed media insist on twisting our necks and turning our heads until we once again focus on nothing more than race. Shame on them!

    January 26, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Steven Furtado, Kunkletown PA

    I think just like in '04, John Edwards would be wise to be Obama's running mate in the 08 election. The man's got a good message that I think jives with Obama's philosophies quite well. However, just like Clinton, while I respect him, he just doesn't wow me like Obama does. Could Clinton and Edwards win against the GOP? Probably. But would they be able to stir a feeling in me thats almost rotted in my soul since the 2000 election, Patriotism? Would they make me actually, honest to god, feel proud to be an American again? Would they actually be able to heal a bitter and wounded nation instead of merely being damage control against all the pain that horrible beast George W. Bush has inflicted on the nation these past... eight... MISERABLE... years?

    With respects to Senator Clinton, I think she can do just as much, if not more good to heal this fine nation by remaining in the Senate. Much of her touted experience is in legislative, not executive matters. And while one can make the same statement about Obama, I think he has that special Je ne sais quoi that is needed properly to lead a state or even a nation. Some people have it, some don't. Obama has it, Richardson has it (Unfortunately he didn't get very far) , McCain has it, Ron Paul has it.

    While I wish Clinton and Edwards the best of luck, I'm rooting my man Obama. :-)

    But, no matter who wins, here's to a stronger, prosperous and united America in 2008!

    January 26, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    You can bet YOLANDA DIAZ that Obama is coming to New York and New Jersey.

    January 26, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. LINA ABRAR

    WHAT A GREAT PERSONALITY... INTELLIGENT MAN.. HE ABSOLUTLY CAN BE AMERICAN PRESIDENT.. WE NEED CHANGE AND OBAMA CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. LET US NOT LOOK IN TO HIS COLOR ONLY, BUT THE MESSAGE HE IS CARRYING ... UNITING AMERICA.. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO FOUCS ON!!

    January 26, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. kgdexter

    Let him come to New York indeed! I am a sixth generation New Yorker and have never been so excited or inspired by a candidate!

    January 26, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. carlo

    Liz, John Edward couldn't deliver a speech like Obama if you sat Obama's speech in front of him! If I hear those same stories from Edwards one more time....

    January 26, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    The Clinton backers need to sit back and listen for awhile! STOP with the hatred!You've already started in again and that's NOT what we need to hear! Obama's speech was powerful, his win was MORE than decisive, and we as Democrats need to quit tearing each other apart for the good of the party, but most of all- for the good of our Country!
    YES WE CAN!
    Obama 08!

    January 26, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. Yes We Can

    Congratulations to the Obama Campaign! A decisive victory heading into Super Tuesday.

    Barack Obama is correct, it's not about the past, it's about the future. Finally a Leader who has VISION. Barack is refreshing to listen to and he has a UNIFYING message to America.

    Two decades of the Bush/Clinton Dynasties is enough! Four years of George H. Bush, eight years of Bill Clinton & eight years of George W. Bush, that's twenty years too much. It's time for CHANGE!

    Make way for the Leader of the future.

    Go OBAMA! Yes we can!

    January 26, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. vicki

    Congratulations BARACK OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary Clinton's experience in dirty politian wasn't working today !!

    Why doesn't Hillary have some amazing plan ( unlike any other)

    to save this economy All that experience and she has nothing new ........ Barack and hillary's plan is very much the same . so why choose
    someone with no morals and scruples-- Bill and Hillary Clinton

    we've had enough of that ..

    January 26, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. henna jan

    obama the nex best baskeball player go obama

    January 26, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. Ray

    Jesse Jackson won SC 2 times right? Enough said!

    January 26, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. nc

    Kuddos to Obama, I hope he picks Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton as his running mate.

    January 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  15. Bob, Florida - RFO

    Yolanda Diaz January 26, 2008 9:41 pm ET

    Who?? Tom Brady??

    Go Barack '08

    January 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. pete

    no matter who you support, one think is clear THE REPUBLICANS ARE HOPING AND PRAYING THAT CLINTON WINS.

    WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN BEAT HER AND THEY PROBABLY CANT BEAT OBAMA.

    AN OLD GUY LIKE MCCAIN HAS NO CHANCE AGAINST A RISING YOUNG STAR LIKE OBAMA.

    SO WHY WASTE YOUR VOTE ON HILARY?

    A VOTE FOR HILARY IS A VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT!!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    January 27, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  17. angelina_ MN

    THANK YOU South Carolina, this is the begining to a new chapter in world and US history.

    thank you, ...............

    January 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  18. pete

    just a reminder to the hilary fans, DID JFK OR MARTIN LUTHER KING HAVE EXPERIENCE TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS?

    ALL OF THESE LEADERS HAD DETERMINATION, DRIVE AND CHARACTER, COUPLED TOGETHER WITH A UNIFYING MESSAGE THAT BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGHETHER TO ACHIEVE A COMMON PURPOSE.

    exactly what obama has, character, vision, and a unfying power. ALL OF WASHINTONS PROBLEMS WILL BE SOLVED WITH THAT KIND OF "UNITED AMERICA" SUPPORT.

    WE HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCED POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON BUT THAT STILL HAS SOLVLED ANY OF OUR PROBLEMS, BUT IN FACT HAS MADE THEM WORSE!!!

    THE CROSSROAD AHEAD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. DONT VOTE FOR THE SAME POLITICS (THE CLINTONS AND BUSHES) THAT GOT US INTO OUR CURRENT PROBLEMS.

    AMERICA CANT AFFORD ANOTHER MISTAKE, IF MAY COST US DEARLY!!! A UNITED AMERICA WILL GIVE US A CHANCE TO FACE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE BEST CHANCE OF SOLVING THEM. OF THE THREE ONLY OBAMA HAS THAT POWER TO UNIFY.

    HILARY IS TOO POLARIZING AND HATED BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS!!

    January 27, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. Donna

    All 3 of them are good candidates. Your choice in you vote for depends on what direction you want our country to go in. Hillary is same old business as usual. John Edwards is a wonderful man, I just think the other 2 are better . Obama is a breath of fresh air. And that is what most Americans are looking for.

    January 27, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  20. do the math

    with 80% of the African-American vote, which was over 50% of the total vote, that means he had 40% or more even if not one single Caucasian person voted for him. with the other 60% split in some way for the other two, he couldn't lose unless he ran down the street naked or something. but the national vote isn't 50% African-American, more like 12%. so he doesn't start with a 40% lead, just under a 10 percent lead (80% of 12%). he needs the rest from Caucasians, Hispanics, etc. It's a long way from 10% to a majority and getting less than a quarter of the non-African-American votes (1/4 of 88% = 22%) won't do it.

    January 27, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  21. Dynisay

    Please..everyone let's take a deep breath and come together as one. I congratulate Obama on his win. I am sick of people referring to him as the "Black Candidate". He is human with a mixed bag of good and bad qualities. I believe that he is the right man for the job.

    YOLANDA DIAZ, he will come to New York and do well.

    I love you Obama and I love America and you are the right man for the job.

    January 27, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  22. RC

    During election, we have heard good speech's and lot of promises before from someone with little or no national experience. His name was George Bush. See how that turned out.

    January 27, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  23. Far Away

    What do you mean Yolanda Diaz? Are you giving your permission? Is that a dare?

    Sorry, you've got is the other way 'round Liz.

    Senator Barack Obama is the same in winning as in losin: Gracious, smiling, thankful. What a great human being. God Bless him and God Bless America

    January 27, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  24. John

    IM SO hAPPY I WANT TO CRY, this man is doing it for the people. CLinton is doing it for...well the clintons. He is about bringing ppl together, white black lation asian, poor rich republican democrat. CLINTON is about breaking ppl apart black vs whtie, gender vs race...list goes on.

    They are smart ppl and I respect them. But they are not what the country needs ESPECIALLY NOW. IM very happy that ppl were able to recognize this and STAND UP AND PROVE IT IN THE POLLS. They really made it loud and clear, SAME OL POLITICS, SMEARING, DOES NOT WORK ANYMORE!!!! esp not after Bush and karl rove.

    January 27, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  25. Gavin

    ....NO...Actuall RACE paid off for Obama
    He allowed his campaign to marginalize Blacks...
    Obama IS A DIVIDER

    January 27, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
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