January 3rd, 2008
10:51 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: What Obama's Iowa win could mean in South Carolina

Almost half of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina are African-American.

Almost half of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina are African-American.

(CNN) - Barack Obama just won a state whose population is less than 4 percent African-American. On January 26, he will be on the ballot in a state with a considerably higher percentage of African-Americans: South Carolina, where that demographic makes up nearly 50 percent of Democratic primary voters there.

African-Americans have been intensely loyal to the Clintons, and continue to support Hillary Clinton over Obama in the Palmetto State. But that gap has significantly narrowed in recent weeks - and with this key win tonight, it's unlikely they will stand in his way there.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. shirlin

    Thank you, Iowa, for restoring our faith in American democracy and for redeeming the image of our beloved republic in the eyes of the world. We are hoping that New Hampshire will finally turn the page to a new century and a new generation of grassroots citizens. While the Obama generations are working to enlarge the votiing base, Hillary's daughter is working for a hedge fund company. I have nothing against such companies, but the values of the parents can be found in the way they raised their children. And for Hillary now to rail against such companies again shows how much a phony and fraud she is. I am an over-60 baby boomer feminist who understands that someone who voted with Bush to send our young men and women into combat in Iraq is either dumb or politically and unethically motivated. I do not want her as my first woman POTUS. Her so-called experience has been a track record in failure–healh plan and marriage included. AND if she is so vetted, how come she will not reveal the names of her bundlers, open up the Clintons' finance records or permit access to her papers during the Clinton WH years? Her campaign and media keep saying we citizens do not know her enough, that she just has to make herself known more. We already know more than enough, and we just plain do not LIKE her. She is the threat of the Bhutto-phenomenon in our beloved country–nepotism, dynastic rule, and paralyzed because polarized government. Please, New Hampshire, move our nation ahead and vote Obama 08.

    January 5, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. barack is biracial. and this matters.

    To the BIRACIAL question (there is no hyphen is biracial by the way): Yes it does matter whether or not he is considered biracial or not. Biracial and multiracial people in this country are greatly under represented. The reason it is important for Barack to proudly proclaim that he is biracial and not just black because he is NOT just black. I cannot take the GRE, apply for graduate schools, or take shopping surveys without being plagued with the question: What is your race? (Pick ONE only). Why should people in this country be forced time and time again, day after day to have to pick one race over the other? pick one parent over the other? I am an equal mix of two races and I should have a right to equally represent both and not just have to choose one. many people think that the miscegenation laws are over and there are no longer issues for mixed race people but this is not true. Just recently on the last US Census were mixed race people allowed to pick more than one race. For decades we were not given this liberty and this is only the first step in achieving fair representation. Why are mixed race people not allowed to exist? My school peers have been been given Black and Asian college scholarships and when they show up to receive their award they are gasped at and told that they are not Black or Asian or insert race here and therefore have no right to claim the scholarship. The reason why Barack Obama needs to advertise that he is biracial is so that the American population can stop being ignorant to the fact that mixed race people exist and stop grouping them in one race or the other. You may not agree but there is not a day in my life that I have to explain to somebody that yes I am half this and half that race and that is why i look "funny". I will never pick one race over the other and I should not have to. The point of Barack Obama embracing his mixed heritage is to not block us from being able to identify with more than one race, to prevent racial ignorance from people who have never come across a mixed race person before and to ensure that we are treated as an equal American as everyone else is.

    January 5, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Michael

    If Obama wins...it wouldn't surprise me. People in the United States are so shortsighted and easily swayed by political manipulation.

    How else do you explain George Bush being elected TWICE...?!

    The same George Bush that was able to get the support of so many Americans in his goal of going to war with Iraq AND alienating the rest of the world in the process.

    Barack Obama is a wonderful orator and appeals to so many of the younger generation with his broad smile and poised look. However...I am DONE with people who...like George Bush... does not have the credentials or experience to run this country.

    If Barack Obama had Hilliary Clinton's experience and record of fighting the "bad guys" in Washington...I would be voting for Barack Obama. He doesn't and I won't.

    The job of President of the United States should not be entrusted to someone who spent so much time hanging around students and teaching students instead of GROWING UP in the real world of Washington.

    Obama for President...another mistake by the American people.

    January 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Chris brown

    I think the news media should stop playing the race card and call the man what he is bircial.All you hear is African American he is not! He also needs to be questioned more on his record and lack of experience.I do not believe he nor Clinton ever ran a state or a business.I find it funny when the Democrats say they have the better people running.You have both the top Democrats with know experience in running anything and one we only know beacause who her husband is and thats the truth.The last great democrat was Bill Clinton because he was a moderate,now they go so far left I hope they never win again!!!!

    January 17, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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