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

What does it mean?

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

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  1. Bill

    I think CNN did a better job than most of the press in covering Obama's win in SC. Obama won with 55% of the total number of voters. The media early on starting reporting on the numbers out of SC. The Washingtonpost.com stated that "Black voters made up 55 percent of primary voters". The media also stated that 80% of African-Americans voted for Obama. Anyone with an understanding of math knows that of Obama's total 80% came from African-Americans and 20% came from Whites. If you take the press numbers as real it gets even more interesting. Of Clinton's votes 40% were African-American and 60% were white. Now which candidate has broader appeal.

    CNN is one of the only media outlets to point out that most of the big contest states in Feb 5. have much smaller percentages of African-Americans and a large win among Obama's core group will not necessarily win him those states. Remember the outcome in Nevada 73% of African-Americans voted there for Obama and Clinton still won. The press have stopped reporting that 55% of the SC vote was African-American and also have stopped reporting that 80% of African-Americans voted for Obama. They only point out 25% of whites voted for Obama (20% of his total votes by the way). The press is also playing racial politics by not covering both sides every time. The press underestimates the public's awareness of how Obama won SC and the public perception of the press coverage of the win.

    January 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Toby Monte

    It means that people are seeing through the manipulative tactics of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Hillary changes her strategy every day because all she really cares about is getting elected. The people want someone honest , inspiring, and unifying. Barack Obama is not only brilliant, but he is miles ahead of the Clintons in his character and vision, and more and more people are starting to see it.

    January 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Belinda

    A.G.

    Black voters have been voting for all white for years. Where is the logic to your statement??

    January 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Yoli

    I heard this comment today and I agree. I will paraphrase "Obama injected race into the campaign when he brought OPRAH out to campaign for him. " Didn't Oprah use the race card when she went out to campaign for him, or is it that the media also has selective memory.

    If we truly believe in equality than the media has to start covering the candidates more objectively. I believe the media is afraid of questioning Senator Barack in order not to be perceived as biased.

    January 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. JABBER

    I THINK THE NEWS MEDIA IS THE ONES THAT SHOULD CHILL, THEY GET THEIR JOLLY'S OFF WHEN THE CANDIDATES GO AT IT!! I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE, SOMEOF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BLACK, BUT I THINK OBAMA 'S ONLY GETTING ENDORSEMENTS BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. AS FAR AS A CANDIDATE WITH EXPERIENCE I WILL STICK WITH HILLARY!!! NICE GUYS DON'T ALWAYS WIN! I FIND IT'S FUNNY NO ONE HAS SAID A WORD ABOUT SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT OBAMAS WIFE SAID, OF COURSE THAT'S RIGHT SHE IS NICE YOU DON'T TELL NICE PEOPLE TO BACK OFF!!!!!!! SHE COMES ACROSS AS A HIGH SOCIATY SNOB! MAYBE THE REPORTERS SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO PUT SOME OF HER TEXT ON THE AIR, OR ARE THEY AFRAID THEY WILL GET TOLD TO BACK OFF!!!!!!!!! ALL I CAN SAY IS MY VOTE WILL GO FOR HILLARY AND I HOPE SHE WINS THE NOMINATION. AND IF SHE DOESN'T THEN MY SIVIC DUTY WILL NOT HAPPEN! AND AS FAR AS CNN'S COVERAGE THERE IS NO DOUBT WHO YOU GUYS ARE FOR!!! YOU HAVE CUT UP HILLARY TO NO END ALSO

    January 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Jack form WV

    This was not an unforeseen win for Obama. Come on people think about it, a black man running for President in South Carolina this was a no brainer here! There’s a lot of time until supper Tuesday and much can and will happen. HRC might want to tell Bill to tone down the sleazy politics it’s not working for her now. Her tears and her new voice where’s this at now?
    Now can the reporters do some real responsible journalism? I don’t think there’s too many at CNN otherwise they would be pushing for some answers to some hard questions such as how are you going to bring back jobs to America? How is your health plan the best, and how is it going to work, and who’s going to pay for it? These are some of the questions we should be hearing about not the race or gender card that’s just too easy to play.

    January 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Sir Gat

    Race will always be the huge factor and has been since the beginning of time. To be believe that it won't exist from a minority group at least in some percentage base is naive. Everyone feels subconsciously at ease with individuals that look like them. Blacks or any minority should not be penalized for recognizing legitimacy in Obama as a viable candidate.

    January 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Viki

    I agre,e Media is using negative, sometime unethical comments about Sen. Hillary Clinton. Especially CNN. When Hillary won NH all these CNN Senior political analysts were: all, well…she was doing something to get women votes. Now when Barack won SC rican-American votes, CNN trying to pull in: it wasn’t just African-Americans- everybody was for Obama. Come on!

    January 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Jen

    I am white my husband is white we will be voting for Obama.. because we want a fresh face in the Whitehouse. We are From Arkansas and too much scandal surrounds the Clintons when they are in high office. They teetertotter all over the place. They say one thing, do another.. they do one thing.. then say different. They work the system to steal from the Tax Payers. They have made money selling HIV blood of Prisoners in Arkansas, they have stole alot of items from the white house, they taken money from china to campaign for bill, they have taken money from criminals. Proven fact to your research people! They just dont make alot of sense. I am tried of repeats back in the White House. I want someone fresh someone different.. someone that sounds like they want a change from the Normal Government goings that have been happening. ITs time for someone NEW!!

    January 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Audrey Cross

    II am a Canadian. I have beenwatching the proceedings regarding the primarys and caucuses. I have thought all along that Sen. oObama is the best choice for President and after hearing that Sen. Kennedy and his niece have endorsed him I know that I am right. Don't lose him. Good luck.

    January 27, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Mauri

    On thing is sure. Barack Obama and his surrogates brought up the subject of race more than anyone or any group did. Yet everyone else was blamed but him.

    January 27, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Frank

    How can anyone argue that this was an issue of race? This is the country where blacks, despite all their successes and glories in various fields, still demand affirmative action and special treatments! How would they not vote for an African American despite the candidate's other shortcomings? This may be their only chance to have a viable candidate to have a shot at the highest office in America? It is ignorant to think otherwise. Obama '08 means another success for Republicans to win the White House and another 8 years of misery, wars, and debt for our people. Just like Persians, Greeks, and Romans once ruled the world, history will soon state that "Americans were once the greatest nation on Earth until the Asians took over"!

    January 27, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Sérgio, Porto, Portugal

    AG, 25% of the whites voted for Obama. Yes, race is still a factor, both ways, and US and the world just need to get over it.

    Hopefully, this election, regardless of the outcome, will see that.

    January 27, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. kmk

    A.G. Did MR. Obama win Iowa because of the white votes?

    January 27, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. A.B.

    There were no lies about HIllary. Remember, Hillary's on the air comments years ago defending Bill by saying he doesn't have affairs? She called it "a right wiing conspiracy."

    That's the same woman we see doing the same stuff today. Hiding the truth behind whomever or whatever is in her way and scapegoating them.

    Hillary is a bully, just like Bush.

    January 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. tomdavie

    STop Crying, if you don't like Obama then don't vote for him. I will be, regardless of what any of you hope haters say.

    January 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Chipo

    A.G. – Good way to say it. I guess I wasn't so eloquent. In the USA race is a big factor, should it be? no, but it is. Fight on, I want a candidate who will fight for the win in November and for all people in the next four years..... I have seen Hillary do that as first lady, as a senator from NY and now on the campaign, for blacks, whites and latinos.

    January 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Greg Gregory

    Wait a minute! "...black people were not willing to [transcend race]" in South Carolina? Aren't African-Americans who expressed majority preference for Clinton in December's polls (who in December "transcended race," if you will) allowed to CHANGE THEIR MINDS when they recognize a superior candidate?

    It's taking a lot of people–African Americans included–a bit of time to wrap their hearts around the reality that the Illinois legislator of limited experience has a far better grasp of the future than does the Senator from New York– just as in 1860 (N. Y. Senator William Henry Seward, who served as Lincoln's Secretary of State).

    January 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. stan pitts pa

    HRC people are negative cry babies and always blame the media. How about your candidate's negative politics? Thats why she is losing. HRC supporters – tell your candidate to stick to the issues!

    January 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Patty, somewhere

    It means CNN has been very successful at promoting its candidate through constant negativity about the Clintons and no major coverage of the Obama campaign. What we thought was "the most trusted name in news" has become nothing more than a campaign tool for one candidate over another. At least Fox is upfront with their biased reporting. Perhaps CNN can tell us which Obama supporters have been banned from appearing while Begala, Carville and Zimmerman are told to stay off the airwaves?
    My congratulations to Obama for winning this primary. Now we can see what happens on Super Tuesday.

    January 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Grady

    As a well seasoned man of color, I must remind the young black cats out there that when or if Miss Daisy wins the election she will not be feeding you Fancy Feast like the rest of us. You had better get used to Macy Cheese or plain PB&J because you have not been her good little kittens. Time to pull in the claws!

    January 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. CNN Bias

    The CNN bias against Clinton and for Obama was very obvious the night of SC primary. Maybe it keeps the ratings up to have a competitive race but it is disappointing that the message from CNN is tilted. I'm not a big Clinton supporter but feel it is unfair to the many voters out there that aren't able to discern news from campaigning. i've lost some trust in the 'reporting' on CNN recently.

    January 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. kmk

    America has had 11 years of the Bush family and 8 years of the Clintons do we really want another 4 or 8 years of the Clintons?

    January 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    I commend those who commented about the media bias. It is rediculous. The biggest party bring race into the RACE is the Obama camp. I have a serious question: I have watched the debates closely. Has Obama ever answered a question posed to him? It seems that every question he is asked he starts answering by bringing up another topic or point.

    January 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Ann Jones

    Audrey Cross, you are wrong. Obama is not the right or best candidate for us. The fact that he is being endorsed by the same old guard (Ted Kennedy and John Kerry) who helped to get us into this mess, lets you know that he Obama is just going to be their mouthpiece. For real progress and change for America and the world, urge your American friends to vote for Mike Huckabee, the FairTax candidate who will look out for all Americans, not just some ivy league Harvard or Yale graduates!

    January 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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