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Win Met with Silence at Obama N.C. HQ

Senator Barack Obama drinks a beer at the Raleigh Times Bar in Raleigh, N.C., prior to heading to his election night headquarters May 6, 2008. (Reuters)

By Shailagh Murray
RALEIGH, N.C. -- At 7:30 p.m. sharp, the jumbo TV screen here at Obama election night headquarters delivered some happy news. The senator had won North Carolina.

And the response was deafening silence.

The call had come a bit early, as it turned out. Supporters weren't expected here at the North Carolina State basketball arena for another 45 minutes or so. Sen. Barack Obama is due to speak around 9 p.m., and in the meantime is hanging out a nearby hotel. Campaign staffers are expected soon for briefings -- but not soon enough for nervous television producers, who scurried around looking for something, anything, to shoot live.

After a week of volatile polls, this was a Tarheel problem the Obama campaign was happy to have.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 6, 2008; 7:58 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Primaries  
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Congrats N.C. Great Job all supporters and campaign, the news may have been delivered to an empty arena, but a nation grateful to the statement made today cheered. Yes We Can!

Posted by: walter | May 7, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by Richard: The jockey tried to stop Eight Belles but she refused -- she kept running and running... until a sickening "pop" and it was over.

I too am an Obama supporter but I have to tell ya, I respectfully disagree with the comparison between 8 Bells and Hiliary. The filly ran the race of her life, proving most of the handicappers wrong. I have heard no evidence to support your assertion that Saez tried to rein her in because of concerns she might've been hurt or in trouble. As a matter of fact, he was reported as saying after the race that he only felt a change in her gait after the race as she was galloping out. It was tragic what happen to a fine and noble animal. Hiliary on the other hand is anything but fine and noble.

Posted by: tydicea | May 6, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

How sad we are as a people, how narrow our thought processes. As an African-American woman I will choose the man or woman who cares about people of all races, classes, and cultures...PEOPLE PLEASE! I cannot believe that people still live, move, and have their being in a 1950's mindset. This race has been a double standard long enough what is good for some does not work for others? May the best human win!!

Posted by: Noni | May 6, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice that the posts from Hillary supporters continue to get more bitter and less substantive as this election goes on?

Your candidate lied, pandered and lost.

You need to decide if you can be a better person than she is and get behind the Democratic party for the good of the country or if you are going to follow her lead and hand John "George Jr." McCain the presidency.

Posted by: Paul | May 6, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Geraldine, not cool. Seriously. J Fred Muggs was a CHIMPANZEE. You know exactly what you're saying, so shame on you. What's with all these racist Geraldines?

Posted by: Steve | May 6, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Obama only won 8 of 80 districts in Indiana and is behind 38 to 47 districts in North Carolina. But I guess there was never a question as to where his support lies - black voters and elitist whites.

Posted by: Statistics | May 6, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I wish people like veronica would just get over the "electability" argument. It's pseudo-demographics acting as a surrogate for racial division. Where was that argument when Obama was winning Colorado, Kansas or Wisconsin? And because he also takes the vast majority of the black vote somehow that's a problem. Lest I remind you there hasn't been a Democrat elected president in decades that hasn't overwhelming black support. FYI, all votes are equal and he, or she, with the most delegates wins.

Posted by: Jackson | May 6, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Great Speech from Barrack Obama.

I am so glad to finally start hearing one of these candidates start talking about party unification. It is that kind of unification that will be required for the Democrats to win in November.

I think we have gotten too wrapped up with the primaries. But remember, the prize is in November. The prize is not for the candidates it is for Americans.

The Republicans cannot bring relief to hardworking Americans and their interests. They will not bring relief to the economy. They will not bring this illegal war to a sensible end. They will not force the Iraqis to step up to the plate.

Democrats, this is OUR party. No less than it being OUR primary. Let it be OUR victory in November.

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | May 6, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was amazing. Coming from a 54 year old white female independent voter from Indiana, I thought he was eloquent and extremely effective. I wish more people could see through Hillary's "spin". If you do a bit of research on most of her "issues" you will find that she really is pretty transparent. Obama offers our country a true change and I sincerely hope that we are willing to move forward.

Posted by: mj | May 6, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck Obama. You're up against an intelligent and strong woman. I love Hillary, but I want you to be president - for all the white and colored peoples of the world and for the young people - not because you are black, but because you are intelligent, honest and because you appeal to the young. I'm old, but I know what a mess our generations have made of this country and this world. The young are the ones that have to solve the climate catastrophe coming as well as all of the other catastropes that will accompany that. It is the inheritance of our young people. They trust you, and so must I. Use your heart and soul and all your intelligence. you will need them all. And take care of our children's future.
Bless you and good luck. O.G.

Posted by: O.G. | May 6, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse


That is the biggest bunch of horse sxxt that I have ever read!


Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why is only 45% precints reported. We need to wait for the rest of the votes. I am very optimistic. This race is not over. Senator Hillary Clinton is a strong candidate. Keep moving forward.

Posted by: maria | May 6, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: cary | May 6, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

New Rule:

ANYONE from either campaign who uses "From Day One" is banned from comments for ever.

How ready was Bill on day one? How ready was Reagan on day one? How ready was Dubya (our first mentally handicapped president) on day one, granted that's a bad example. The one president ready on day one was George H.W. Bush who had 8 years as VP plus running the CIA before that.

I'm sick of day one.

Posted by: tcryer | May 6, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

to bess cannon: "the hidden agendas of blacks"???
oh you mean like a fair deal, equality, recognition of rights and equal protection under the constitution...did you mean that kind of hidden agenda???
get real they are only 12.5% of the population, your out dated paranoid hysteronics is sickning.

Posted by: judge alan | May 6, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

obama continues to pour kool aid. Nothing but rhetoric. And I assume most of the posters on this bit think jim jones was a nice guy.

Posted by: jim jones | May 6, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I say again, it appears the blacks are trying to elect a "Black" man, the rest of us are trying to elect a president. I think it is a farce because Obama is a "black" man by choice that is actually half white. It is he, and the blacks that are painting him as all black. Makes one suspicious of hidden agendas.

Posted by: Bess Cannon | May 6, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I said it before, I'll say it again: if Obama likes Bud, he needs to develop a better taste in beer.

I bet Hillary drinks Stella.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 6, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Geraldine, you girl has been ready to go to hell a very long while ago. Hillary out! Joined dynasty to the garbage can!

Posted by: aepelbaum | May 6, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

So it's OK to compare Clinton to a female horse who has to be put to death...but we better "careful" not to compare Obama to the winning, male horse because referencing Obama's skin color will offend this "sensitive" crowd?

Sensitive to racism but not to sexism, eh?

Posted by: csman | May 6, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Exit polling still shows that BO is not winning the white working class voters, even with all that money he spent in Indiana to try to get them.
He won NC because 91% of the blacks voted for him. He will not win the general election. All of those white moderate (not liberal) Dem voters he STILL isn't getting will become McCain Democrats--just like when Reagan won with Reagan Democrats in 1980 and 1984.

Posted by: veronica | May 6, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not ready for the Repuglican attack machine. Beside, have you noticed he looks like J Fred Muggs? HRC will be ready to hit the ground running on Day One. You Go Girl.

Posted by: Geraldine | May 6, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"Very amateurish of BO campaign to miss an important news cycle tonight"

H ICKY: Clearly you can see it doesn't matter at this point. The only body that missed out was the media. It's been over for a long time, only the media and Hillary refuse to admit it.

Posted by: Mozzer | May 6, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder which Non-Alcoholic Beer Barack likes best?

Posted by: RAT-The | May 6, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS to the OBAMA supporters and the CAMPAIGN. You guys did a FANTASTIC job... KEEP IT UP!!!

Sen. Obama for President 2008

We have a President that will listen to the people not talk to them in an impervious manner!!!

GO OBAMA, GO OBAMA, GO OBAMA!!!! 3 against 1 and IT DIDN'T WORK!!!


Posted by: change | May 6, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse


Careful of the spook metaphors. This is a sensitive crowd.

Posted by: Jeremiah | May 6, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Very amateurish of BO campaign to miss an important news cycle tonight

Posted by: H ICKY | May 6, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Big Brown, relative newcomer.

"Big Brown" = Obama.

Whoa, karmic.

: )

Posted by: herzliebster | May 6, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Dave | May 6, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain, Obama, and Clinton & the Kentucky Derby -- spooky metaphors

Can we admit the obvious IRONY and potential prophecy the parallels between Clinton and her tragic horse pick Eight Belles.

The term "Eight bells" can be a way of saying that a sailor's watch is over, for instance, in his or her obituary.

(It's a nautical euphemism for "finished", Mrs. Clinton -- nice pick)

Why is Hillary parallel to filly Eight Belles?

1) Hillary will stop at NOTHING even if it hurts herself and her party and she is not fit to go the much longer track of this particular race.

2) They both are fillies running against a powerful herd of massive colts. Crossing the finish line is not the only goal here. Surviving is another.

3) Hillary wanted everyone to bet for Eight Belles to win simply because she was female -- and everyone who trusted her lost.

4) The jockey tried to stop Eight Belles but she refused -- she kept running and running... until a sickening "pop" and it was over.

5) The filly was fatally crippled, so they euthanized her. Will this happen to America and her potential presidency?

6) Will all fillies have a hard time running in the "big race" hereafter?

7) Was it the new "artificial turf" that did her in?

Our new world turf takes brute strength, respect and longevity.

I bet on the sure thing Big Brown and I won.

I'm betting on Obama because I don't want a spooked war horse like McCain.

Posted by: Richard | May 6, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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