January 27th, 2008
09:43 AM ET
10 years ago

What does it mean?

The Best Political Team breaks down Obama's big win in South Carolina. (Photo Credit: AP)

soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    It means he won a primary where Obama's base, the African-American voter made up about half of the voters and 80% of them voted for him.
    When you consider that 87% of the population is non-African-American, then unless Obama can do better than among that demographic he will not win a general election.
    What are Obama's credential's? His service in the Illinois Legislature, one among many, where the power of the Senate and the House in which he also served, lay with the majority leader and the speaker of the house not with any individual member. So Obama's claims of accomplishments in the Illinois Legislature is over hyped.
    Before you thrust upon Obama something he is not ready foy yet, stop and think, we did that already with Carter and Bush and look where we ended up.

    January 27, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Jay

    Obama won in SC because of AA .He got 83 % of AA votes and only 24 % white votes.There were no issues , nothing just blacks voting for black guy .I think Obama is losing big on Feb 5.

    January 27, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Mitty

    Every word that has been said about Hillary is true. Hillary actually thinks she is entitled to the White House, as well as the black votes. She is in for a rude awaken.

    January 27, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Thelma Hajj

    If I were a U.S. citizen I would definitely vote for Obama for voting for him is, in my estimation casting a vote for the good guy. It is voting for integrety, honesty, truthfullness, youth, ideas and change. It is giving a chance to each and every citizen. If Barack Obama is the future President the whole world will change. I've watched with great interest from Day 1 and yesterday was fantastic.

    January 27, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Carolyn in California

    I am truly hoping that last night's victory for Obama is only the beginning of a huge wave that is gaining momentum in the American people to back Barack Obama. He is the only candidate who stands for real change in our governent. He has a heart and respect for all cultures, which will not only benefit Americans, but people in other countries as well. He understands and accepts differences in cultures, yet his heart and mind is open to wanting to genuinely learn about others needs and wants, rather than sit on a throne, far removed, and be a dictator.
    I, for one, have had enough of the Clinton's dysfunctional relationship to last a life time. How would she have time to run the country when she has to spend time keeping track of his whereabouts, if he's being faithful. Who in their right mind would want to have them back in the White House. Hillary has probably made a deal with Bill-if he helps get her elected she'll let him stay. Otherwise, he's out on his ear. Maybe that explains his desperate agitated public displays lately.

    January 27, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. scvoter

    It means it's gonna be a heck of a battle to the very bitter end. It means no more, no less.

    January 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I admire gracious losers. When you lose stop blaming the media. When Billary won in NH and Nevada, the media was not biased. All of a sudden, the media is biased. Please show some sportsmanship.

    January 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. joy

    It's quite obvious media has always been biased against the Clintons. I truly hope Barrack lives up to their hype. Otherwise, I am ready to accept their apologies.

    January 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I admire a gracious loser. When Billary won in NH and Nevada, the media was not biased. All of a sudden, the media is biased. Please show some sportsmanship.

    January 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. jk

    CNN did not introduce race in the election. Bill Clinton did!
    He will be the same person courting black votes to win. After all the Democratic Party cannot really win without strong support from the African Americans nationwide.
    Mr Clinton will reclaim his "blackness"at this point. We are a lost smarter than he wants to give us credit for. Was this a r t i c u l a t e d well enough?

    January 27, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. David S., Chicago, IL

    Bah Humbug – Try to supporting a better candidate next time you whiners!

    Obama '08

    January 27, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. raj

    wow, somebody is mad at everybody including CNN.

    January 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Ryan

    So Change is the word of this campaign! So whats Obama's change, all I hear him talk about is the word change with no real definition! Whats his stance on the issues, ya he speaks great, but whats behind is church alter speaking is what I am worried about? I watched CNN last night and they showed the Clinton speech for 1 minute and went back to Obama, so I turned to C-Span and watched and she answered questions from the audience and was truly amazing! Let Obama do that and watch him act like Bush! ahh ahh ahh Welll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Hillary!

    January 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. josh 7911

    and by the way to the commentors above: Barack racked in more votes than even the white republicans in a republican state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was not CNN's doing, he is simply a great man!!!!

    January 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. concerned

    I agree 100% percent with the above two comments.
    I can't understand why CNN is sooooo nasty to Hilliary Clinton. In their eyes she can't do anything right.

    I though reporting was to be neutral.

    This just might backfire to the benefit of HIlliary.

    This makes me go for HIlliary even more than before.

    January 27, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. s.positive

    For the positive thinking Americans, A LOT...

    January 27, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. MB, Louisiana

    It means that CNN, MSNBC and the other news outlets are trying to pick the Presidential candidates by feeding us sound bites that only show what they want us to see and hear. Politics as usual. The regular voters don't mean squat in the whole scheme of things. Like lemmings, your readers and viewers take at face value whatever you wish to peddle and think it is the truth.

    January 27, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. A.G.

    I watched and listened to BBC's objective analysis of the South Carolina primary, what I came away with was that whereas the white voters where willing to transend race, the black people where unwilling to do the same. This is not to diminish Mr. Obama's win, but to point out that race was a huge factor and he won because of the black votes.

    January 27, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. A college graduate who literally can't afford more of the same

    It means that someday soon (even if it's not in this election), the AARP will lose its stranglehold on presidential politics in this country. Young people are sick of politics as usual which, like it or not, Hillary Clinton represents. Her time in the White House and Senate, which has given her the "experience" she likes to tout so much, has taught her to work in the underhanded, sleazy, irresponsible way typical of so many politicians in Washington these days. Look at the way she's run her campaign. Look at the way she's trying to make Florida count simply because she knows she has a lead there. Look at how she's tried to get Bill out there convincing voters that they would essentially be electing him to a third term in voting for Hillary (which, thankfully, seems to have backfired). Hillary Clinton is not the Republicans' worst nightmare... she's the Democrats'. She is the status quo.

    Instead of lying around smoking pot, protesting, and listening to anti-establishment music/rhetoric like the baby boomers, this generation of young people might actually contribute to U.S. politics in a meaningful, constructive way that has an impact. It might not be in this election (though it certainly could be... we're all working for it), but a day is coming when the young people of this country (everyone from college students to 50 and 60-year-old professionals wondering if they will ever be able to legitimately retire... yes, they are still "young" in this country) will stand up together for a candidate who actually has the guts, intelligence, and independence to get things done. The AARP segment of the Democratic Party might still support Hillary, but their days of deciding elections are near an end.

    It's not the media that steals elections... it's absurd lobbyist groups, among which the AARP has long wielded the most power.

    January 27, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Jackie

    It's clear CNN and the other media groups are for the Clintons by trying to make this election about race. I was a Clinton supporter until Barack won in SC. What was amazing to me was that he won with vicious and condescending attacks by both Clintons. Barack has proven to me that he's a fighter and that's why I voted for him this morning in Florida. I know it won't count but it sure felt good..

    January 27, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. California Lady

    Get over it people. Barack Obama is obviously the best candidate and will win this nominee. I think you need to do some due dilligence on Hillary (Billary) and really see who she/he is. See, I keep getting confused on who is running in this election, him or her. No matter, neither will win. They are the past and we are moving on to the future with Obama and you should all get on our train.

    January 27, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. David

    How is CNN being bias? Obama won by 30% in South Carolina, I really don't think that has anything to do with bias. I'm really getting sick of these Clinton supporters that so blindly follower her. You want to talk about media bias? How about Rupert Murdoch holding a huge fundraiser for Clinton last year. Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News and is probably the most conservative voice in media today, yet he held a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. You can't ignore these things. I'm sure Hillary is a great person and would make a great president but Obama is better.

    January 27, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Khristie in Georgia.

    Lies about Senator Clinton.....are you serious? If anything they haven't really exposed the entire truth about her. As a former sports player , I must say that it's usually not until the other team is in great fear that their chance of victory is slipping from their hands that they begin playing dirty.....and that's exactly what the Clintons did all week. Thankfully it did nothing but expose the truth to hopefully millions of "would have been" voters for Hillary, she'll except a win at any cost. She's weak, and without the crutch that her husband provides with his celebrity status she would have fallen a long time ago. I never disliked Hillary until now, and I hope she falls flat on her dirty little bottom!! A real woman could have done this with her husband behind her, not leading out infront the way Bill is! When Obama wins, I hope he choses Edwards as his running mate. At least he is a man of character. He said he didn't want the votes of those that wouldn't vote for Obama because he's black, (and Hillary because she's a woman), but I guess Hillary was whispering under her breath " If you don't want a black guy but don't have anything against women.....I'll take you right over here!!!

    January 27, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Christine NJ

    You win South Carolina, It mean's you pay more money to meida to put your news and cover everthing, for sure, you are not our country hope. if you win, it means The GOD not giving chance to America.

    January 27, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. veronica lynne

    It means that blacks voted for him overwhelmingly because he is black.
    So, who says race isn't an issue here?

    January 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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