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Obama Landslide Despite Racial Split in S.C.

Supporters of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) reach out to clasp hands on the front row of a rally at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Jan. 26, 2008 in Columbia, S.C. (Getty Images).

Updated 10:07 p.m.
By Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta
As expected, Democratic voters in today's South Carolina primary were largely split along racial lines, with Barack Obama picking up overwhelming support among African Americans and a more competitive, three-way race for white voters, according to the National Election Pool exit poll.

Seventy-eight percent of black voters supported Obama, 19 percent backed Hillary Clinton and just 2 percent opted for John Edwards. Obama had a roughly 4 to 1 advantage among both black women and black men and large margins among both younger and older African Americans. (In the state's primary in 2004, 37 percent of African Americans voted for Edwards, 34 percent for John Kerry.)

Black voters made up 55 percent of the South Carolina electorate, up from 47 percent in 2004. As in the four previous Democratic contests this year, women made up about six in 10 Democratic voters.

Among white voters in South Carolina, 40 percent supported Edwards, 36 percent Clinton and 24 percent Obama. About half of white voters who made up their minds in the past three days went for Edwards.

There is a gender gap among whites. Forty-five percent of white men went for Edwards, 28 percent for Clinton and 27 percent for Obama, while 42 percent of white women went for Clinton, 36 percent for Edwards and 22 percent for Obama.

This exit poll once again shows a Democratic electorate focused heavily on "change." More than half of voters called it the single most important attribute they were looking for in a candidate. That's been the top attribute in each of the previous contests. And as in Nevada, the economy was the breakaway top issue among voters.

On one measure there was broad agreement across racial lines: About seven in 10 white voters said they'd be satisfied if Obama becomes the nominee; and eight in ten African Americans would be happy with Clinton as the party's choice. At the same time, however, there are differences in levels of enthusiasm. More than eight in 10 black voters would be "very satisfied" with Obama as the party's nominee, 38 percent of white voters said they'd be that happy. There was a narrower gap on Clinton: 45 percent of whites said they'd be very satisfied if she were the nominee, as did 35 percent of blacks.

As he has elsewhere, Obama scored better among younger white voters, and with those with higher incomes and more education. Eight in 10 whites supporting Obama sought a change-oriented candidate, compared with fewer than three in 10 among other white voters. More than a third of white Obama backers said "only Clinton" ran an unfair campaign.

Among Edwards supporters, more than six in 10 said they'd be happy with either Clinton or Obama as the party's nominee. Seven in 10 of Clinton or Obama supporters said they'd be satisfied if the other candidate became the Democratic nominee.

Among voters who voted for Clinton, 69 percent would be satisfied with Obama as the Democratic candidate; among Obama voters, 71 percent would be OK with Clinton.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 26, 2008; 8:24 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton , John Edwards , Primaries , The Democrats , The Pollster  
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I know it's easy for you to ignore the truth and paint me a bigot. That comes easy to scum like you. I won't bother with the tired cliche that I have many black (and Hispanic and Asian) friends who've known me for years who would say otherwise. That's not relevant. What is relevant is the FACT that Obama is the one who played the race card in this election, OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER, and had his defacto surrogates in the media do it as well, while standing by and allowing it to happen.

To me, Obama is a NIGG*R. If you find my use of such a term to describe someone I feel is a lying, lowlife, RACIST PIECE OF SH*T, and yet don't find his DOCUMENTED RACIST TACTICS against the Clintons offensive, then I'd have to say you're just as much a NIGG*R as he is.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Your last line says it all, fella.
Nobody wants to here from a bigot.

Posted by: christanfleming | January 27, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The ENTIRE controversy over race was engineered and manufactured by the Obama campaign in order to fuel a win in South Carolina. Obama had seen the writing on the wall, namely that if he didn't win in South Carolina, a state whose Democratic Primary voters were composed of nearly 50% African Americans, he would be seen as nothing more than a boutique candidate on the order of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. He understandably realized that Hillary was garnering the majority of black support, despite the fact he himself was black, and felt if he was going to have ANY chance at being nominated, he had to win South Carolina. His staff then decided they were going to play the race card, and did so. They sent their surrogates out immediately following the New Hampshire primary, including Professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown (a major advocate of the Obama campaign who speaks on Obama's behalf on every major political show on TV), who began questioning whether the win by Hillary in New Hampshire was NOT because she had swayed voters in that state based on their belief that she was a more experienced, more qualified, and more genuine candidate, but rather that they, the voters, had simply voted for her and not Obama because he was black. That same evening, Jesse Jackson, Jr. (a Senior Advisor to Obama's Campaign) went on MSNBC and made the following comment (and I'm paraphrasing here, but it's pretty accurate and you're welcome to google for the YouTube video that shows it) that Hillary's "tears" needed to be examined in light of the "Fact" (and fact is a complete falsehood on his part as he hasn't got a clue as to whether this is factual) that Hillary never cried about Katrina. He made this remark three times, and its clear intent was to say HILLARY CLINTON DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE.

This charge of RACISM, leveled at the New Hampshire voters who supported Hillary was a veiled attempt at painting ALL of Hillary Clinton's supporters (at least the white ones), in fact ALL Democrats who DIDN'T support Obama, as RACISTS. They then manufactured a controversy over Hillary's statement about MLK, which was ONLY made in response to OBAMA'S likening HIMSELF to MLK and JFK, claiming she had "DISSED" the man. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the media, nearly all of whom hate Hillary to the core, picked up on this in a heartbeat, and were defacto Obama surrogates in their effort to paint Hillary Clinton as, AT BEST, someone who wasn't sympathetic to blacks concerns or sensibilities.

The Obama campaign then went on to use Bill Clinton's words, where he OBVIOUSLY criticized Obama for his claim that he had been ADAMANTLY opposed to the Iraq War CONSISTENTLY TO THE SAME DEGREE, since before it started, and tried to paint those remarks as racist as well by misquoting Bill, twisting his words, and taking them completely out of context to suggest Bill Clinton had suggested Obama's ENTIRE campaign (and thereby the entire notion that a Black man could ever be president) was a "Fairy Tale". The TRUTH, though, is that Bill had said, CLEARLY AND CONCISELY, that Obama's claim that he had been consistent on his views about the war was a "Fairly Tale". Now, some could argue this is an unfair criticism of Obama, and that would have been a valid, if incorrect opinion in my view. However, they didn't do this. Instead, they clipped the speech by Bill to include NONE of the context of what he had said, and simply used the words "Give me a break, this whole thing is a Fairy Tale" as their quote from Bill, and then claimed he had said this in the context of saying Obama's entire campaign, his entire dream of becoming president, was a "Fairy Tale". This was done in order to anger blacks, to incite them to believe Bill Clinton was a closet racist. And it worked beautifully. Obama's lame claim that he had nothing to do with it was EASILY refuted by the MEMO that had been released by HIS CAMPAIGN which noted Bill's remarks, and did EXACTLY what I stated above in trying to claim Bill had made the claim Obama's campaign was a "Fairy Tale." Not to mention the remarks by Michelle Obama to that same effect at a mostly black event where she is quoted as having said, "That win in Iowa ain't no Fairy Tale" Another surrogate of Obama's, a representative of South Carolina named Bakari Sellers, went on to make the same claim the very MORNING of the Primary, although he was chastised about it by David Shuster.

The simple fact is, the Obama campaign started it all, and continued it non-stop. Every chance they got they tried to point the finger at the Clintons and say, "Hey, my opponents are race-baiting, people, isn't that despicable considering I'm a Black Man?" Anyone who watched the coverage over the past two weeks who didn't come away seeing that is simply blind. Blinded by either their own racial hatred, their ridiculous fantasies of a Utopia Obama would create, or their Repuglikkkunt-inspired and COMPLETELY baseless hatred of the Clintons.

Now, if you want to dismiss all this, you're welcome to. But it is completely and utterly factual. If you'd like links to all of the stuff, including the comments by Dyson, Jackson, and Michelle Obama, they're on YouTube. The Memo is at Again, you can dismiss it, but you're simply lying to yourself. Obama, and his campaign, in a desperate bid to stay alive in this contest, PLAYED THE RACE CARD. And while it's garnered him a great deal more support among blacks, he's also realized he's lost a great deal of support among women, whites and Hispanics because of it.

It was bad enough that he pulled such a lowlife move. The fact he's lied about it continuously, and is now having his campaign, his surrogates, and his supporters spread these vicious, EVIL, and completely phony stories about voter intimidation on the part of Clinton supporters shows me there is NO depth to which he won't go. People claim Hillary acts as if she's owed this nomination. I say they're blind. Hillary has NEVER acted like that. The Media has painted that narrative for a year and she's thoroughly rejected it. OBAMA IS THE JERK WHO ACTS LIKE HE'S OWED THE PRESIDENCY. He acts, and his campaign acts, like any attack on him is an attack on blacks.

Now, I know that many blacks who are racist (and trust me, there are just as many racist blacks as there are whites proportionally), and many other blacks who aren't, but are no more interested in delving into the details of the campaigns as the majority of Americans, will be swayed by all of this nonsense that has been fueled by the Obama campaign and their defacto surrogates (the entire Hillary-Hating media). But they better remember one thing. WHITES MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THIS NATION, AND EVEN THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Obama may find he's won the battle (South Carolina), and lost the war.

I think it's too late for Obama, his surrogates, or advocates to close the Pandora's box they opened with their despicable lies and BS. There might be a chance, but I don't think there is. And frankly, I don't want there to be a chance anymore. For while I have been calling for a Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama ticket for the past two years, if Hillary were to put this man on the ticket I not only wouldn't be able to vote for her, but would in fact be forced out of principle to actively work against her campaign. To me, Barack Obama is a lying, lowlife, RACIST TRAITOR to everything this nation holds dear. The fact he's been able to convince so many morons otherwise doesn't surprise me though. Bush did the same for a while, and I was NEVER fooled by his lies and BS either. To me, Barack Obama is nothing more than a lowlife RACIST NIGG*R, not fit to shine my shoes, let alone be my president.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama is playing the race card. But how long can he continue doing that is the question.

Posted by: seegreen2002 | January 26, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I saw this coming. Blacks were so inspired by the fact that there is a black presidential candidate that they went for him all the way.

Jessie Jackson won the South Carolina primary too. So Obama is not undefeatable... as long as he lays off the racist stuff that he has been spouting after New Hampshire.

He should remember its blacks that didnt vote for the white candidates. Whites voted more evenly.

Posted by: fjstratford | January 26, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Truthfully, fairbalanced?

I have NEVER voted for a Repuglikkkunt, and while I thought McCain seemed a bit more honest than most Repuglikkkunts back in 2000, I've come to think of him as just another politician. However, while I would still NEVER vote for him, if someone put a gun to my head and said choose between him or Obama, he'd be my nod. Obama is an EVIL, LYING, LOWLIFE, RACIST PIECE OF SH*T, AND I'VE BEGUN TO BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHING VERY SINISTER ABOUT HIM. Even if there isn't, he's still a lowlife who doesn't deserve to hold a job scrubbing my toilets, let alone be my PRESIDENT.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 26, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Next president of the United States: John McCain.

Posted by: fairbalanced | January 26, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

America lost something today. It has been losing it slowly for decades, but today marked its COMPLETE and UTTER disappearance. What is it that America lost? Its ability to recognize the truth.

America has finally been overrun by the lies of the Right-Wing controlled media. They've finally bought into the lies, hate, fear and divisiveness these scum have been selling.

At least it appears that way. Perhaps it's only an anomoly of South Carolina. Here's hoping it is. Here's hoping that the EVIL, VICIOUS, DESPICABLE LIES told by the Obama campaign about the Clintons, and repeated ad nauseum by their defacto surrogates in the Right-Wing media like Joe Scarborough, constantly saying over and over every day that the Clintons had injected race into this election, when they knew it was Obama who had, will not hold sway over the rest of America.

We will find out February 5th. And if the LYING, LOWLIFE, RACIST PIECE OF SHI*T NAMED BARACK OBAMA is successful that day, then America is doomed. For it will mean none of our votes really matter. It will mean we've truly become a corporate fascist state, controlled completely by a bunch of Right-Wing, Neo-Fascist scum in the media and their corporate controllers, bent on twisting reality to fit their needs at the cost of all Americans. And truthfully, it'll be a day I really will begin planning on leaving this country.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 26, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Racial split? The white vote was practially split 3-ways. Barack Obama won a broad mandate across every demographic. The story line should be that the voters of South Carolina rejected the old-line politics of hate for the new dialog of hope. It's as simple as that.

Posted by: tloyd | January 26, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

SO IT TURNS OUT... there isn't this big "race war" that the media so desperately wanted. African Americans would be happy with Clinton as nominee, and whites would be happy with Obama. Yes, even in South Carolina. The Post and the rest of the MSM must be SO depressed to see those results tonight. Sorry guys.

But hey, you guys sold a LOT of advertising while pushing the race war meme, you should be proud of your (morally) little selves. And Papa Warbucks down at corporate is very pleased with you.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 26, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Is the media supposed to ignore it when a candidate wins by getting 80% of one group of people and 24% of another?

Posted by: dvg1 | January 26, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Quit posting articles about race, the media is turning Obama into a black only candidate.

Posted by: cdjohnson25 | January 26, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

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