January 3rd, 2008
10:51 PM ET
14 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

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Anne Fox

    Glad to see Edwards take 2nd place in Iowa. Was hoping he would take first.

    January 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |

    I am SO EXCITED that Obama won in Iowa.

    I don't believe we should vote on the basis of race, but I am thrilled he won!! This Minnesotan will be proud to vote for Obama.

    I don't know if this will continue for Obama, but for once I am full of optimism for my country.


    January 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. noah

    I think Clinton may need to come up with a better than Obama resolution to win the race in SC. Regardless we want a better America for everyone. And we want a person who can bring that transition.

    January 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. nick

    Senator Barack Obama is Bi-racial. I believe CNN and the other news media should refere to him as Bi-racial , unless they want to tell us that the black blood (race) wipes out the white blood anytime they come into contact. Please let us use the correct referrence for people with one parent from a different race and the other parent from another race.
    If we are not confident enough to call him white (His mother is fully white) then we should not call him Black because his Dad is fully black. Do the man some justice and call him BI-RACIAL, he represents the complete AMERICAN (all races and colors-BLACK&WHITE) the best keys from the PIANO.

    January 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. Habs10

    Way to go Iowa, Hillbilly ended up 3rd , I bet she really hates this state now.

    January 3, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Alexis Colby

    Just wait until the Republican attack machine starts in on Obama. He will wither away like nothing.

    January 3, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    nick...don't take so literally. We the USA use the term black or white, because we like simple labels on everything. It is really a complexion thin among white people. Even if Obama were very light-skinned, many white people would still call him black. Obama is bi-racial. His dad was a Kenyan and his mother an American which really makes Obama a Kenyan-American...HA HA HA!

    OBAMA in '08!

    January 3, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Michael

    Anyone thinking a "first term" senator isn't going to be "run over" by the politicians in Washington is either naive or ignorant. Obama simply doesn't have the experience and if he or "another Bush" republican eventually wins...this country will continue its downward spiral. As for Iowans...tonight...they blew it. I can only think that the older voters couldn't brave the ice cold weather which left the door wide open for the younger...more naive voters...to carry Obama to victory. Congratulations to Barack for a well run campaign in a state that Hilliary was projected to have trouble winning.

    January 3, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  9. Darrell

    I am an Iowa native living in Florida. Tonight I am very proud of my democratic friends back in Iowa. Iowa has the largest elderly population in the nation (as a percentage) and one of the lowest overall minority populations of any state in the nation.

    Doesn't it give this country hope....that a bunch of older, white, rural, predictively reserved folk overwhelmingly elect a black man as their choice for President. If this were a state with a large minority population, or a liberal west coast or New England state his victory would be called into question by the pundits....but my fellow Americans...Iowa thinks it's time for this country to look past the color barrier and elect a president based on his vision and character.

    What better state then Iowa to be first in the nation with vision like that.

    January 3, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. Hakim Rasheed, Pittsburgh, PA

    Congratulations to Sen Obama!!!! This is a great and historic night for our country!
    I look forward to supporting Senator Obama in the general election!!!

    January 3, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. ZQ

    Billy better hit the panic button has hard as he can.

    This is red alert.

    If Hillary does not WIN NH she is totally done.

    Obama will win huge in SC if he picks up NH in addition to IA. And with his support with independent and intellectuals he is a huge front runner there. Obama obliterated Hillary in college towns tonight, with only the elderly meagerly supporting HRC.

    IMO only a serious, legit scandal can stop Obama. We'll see what team Clinton can scheme up in a few days.

    January 3, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. Kay

    WOW!!! What a SCARY night in Iowa.

    January 3, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    I am so proud to be an American, today!

    The youth of America are now participants in national and ultimately world

    A black candidate just won a 94% white state! WOW! AMERICA

    Better days are coming!

    Barock the vote – New Hampshire!!!

    January 3, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  14. Kimberly Watson

    I'm a political Independent; a statistical outlier. Tonight I shed tears of joy at the results from Iowa.

    Barack Obama represents the best chance from the field of uniting our fractured country. He is black, and he is white. He brings the plight of African-Americans and other minorities to me, a Caucasian "mutt," more clearly than any before him. He represents my distaste and displeasure with pure capitalist gain at the expense of the man-on-the-street better than any other candidate. He genuinely wants to see us do better for all our countrymen and -women with regard to health care, retirement, and opportunity. He respects my lack of religion and desire to remove the sacred from government, and he respects my right to attend to my body and life without judgment and according to the law of our land. He anticipates bringing our most honorable servicemen and -women home from an unjust and unwarranted war that was misguided, although likely well-intentioned.

    Our current divisive policies and politics are not enough; they are not representative, and they are not working. Kudos to Senator Obama for a huge win, and for walking the walk he talks rather than preaching from his ivory tower.

    January 3, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. mike

    Thanks Iowa! It is time for change in America and voting for Obama is going in the right direction. It is time we speak up and say race is not the issues of America but coming together as one nation. We need to realize that there needs to be a bond with all political parties and Obama is the right person to get the job done. A true candidate for the people!!!!

    January 3, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  16. Dee, Plano TX


    January 3, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. mike

    Thanks Iowa! It is time for change in America and voting for Obama is going in the right direction. It is time we speak up and say race is not the issues of America but coming together as one nation. We need to realize that there needs to be a bond with all political parties and Obama is the right person to get the job done. A true candidate for the people!!!!

    January 3, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  18. JD in Iowa

    The weather in Iowa was just fine, even if it was 10 below I would have went to the caucus. Mikey , your right, there were alot of young people there for Obama, but there was just as many older voters. This country is ready for change, not the same BS that has taken us over for the last 8 years. Come into the 21ST century, we are not going to put up with what bush has put us through, he has made us the laughing stock that we are around the world for electing such a idiot. Obama does'nt need a flip book to make a speech, he can do it all by himself. We don't need another clinton or " god for bid" another bush. TIME for CHANGE is now. thank God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. donna marie main

    I was fortunate to have Senator Obama at my home in St. Petersburg, Florida for a fundraiser on September 30th. He is an incredibly intelligent, compassionate man who has plenty of experience with the commom man. Actually, Hillary was suppopsed to win the Iowa, but her phoniness was glaringly obvious to too many Iowa caucus attendees. He'll get the nomination. History is being made.

    January 3, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. Matt

    OBama is fantastic and has given this 21 year old optimism for the first time since Bush came to power. I am packing my bags tonight and am catching a plane from Baltimore to Manchester, NH to campaign for him tomorrow through the primary. We can do it!

    January 3, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. jam, CA

    I am so proud of SEnator Obama and the hard work and effort put forth for his campaign by the great people of Iowa. To the people of Iowa, you deserve a standing ovation and we will give it to you right now, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. This Iowa caucus night is a great example of Democracy at work, and at work for the good of all American people, not just the rich and famous, and not just for the WASH insiders.

    January 3, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. Rob

    I'm tuned in for Schneider's "deep thoughts"

    January 4, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. Gobama, NY, NY

    You are so right.

    Not in the thousands of generations of Black people in Africa, has any Black individual ever fell from white loins as Obama has.

    Mama's baby. Papa's maybe.

    The wise in the world is far more sure of Obama's mom (white) than they are of his father.

    January 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Spc Davis

    Obama is really gonna make some people scared and He sure does have my vote i am about as white as you can get.

    January 4, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. Gracey Knowles, Dallas

    it's over,Hillary. She should quit before New Hampshire, let alone South Carolina and drag her sorry ass back to Washington, New York, Arkansas or Chicago or anywhere else she claims to come from, and take that philandering hick with her.

    January 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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