Senator Barack Obama scored a historic win tonight in the Southern state of South Carolina. With 99% of precincts reporting, he currently holds a commanding lead of his chief rival, Senator Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady was hurt by the negative campaign tactics employed by her campaign and her husband. Their outright lies about Obama’s record and misquoting him evidently played a big factor into people’s votes. After 8 years of lies from the Bush administration, it is clear that Democratic voters do not want to replace George Bush with another administration of liars.
Obama – 55%
Hillary – 27%
Edwards – 18%
I am extremely proud that the state of South Carolina rebuked the negative campaigning of Bill Clinton. As I showed in the video I made earlier this week, the Clintons have been campaigning on fear. The Politics of Fear lost to the Politics of Hope tonight. And in a big way. While the Clintons undoubtedly will try to spin this 28% victory as a black man winning a black state, that same cynicism is the very reason they are in the predicament that they are in. They LOST nearly all white Iowa. They came within 3% of losing nearly all white New Hampshire. Two states with little diversity.
When we get to a state that has a lot of diversity, all of a sudden it doesn’t count? I don’t think so. That’s what the Democratic Party is about! We are the party of everyone – whites, blacks, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, men, women, gays, the elderly and the young. This is not the Republican Party of old white men. If Hillary’s only strength is going to be among women and old people, how the heck does she expect to win in November against the Republicans? By the way, 61% of the voters today were women. That’s more than Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. If that wasn’t an advantage for Hillary, I don’t know what is.
Let me make my point this way: 290,000 people voted in the Democratic primaries in 2004. Barack Obama’s unofficial total is at 295,000 right now. It will go above 300,000 once all of the votes are counted. Barack Obama alone outperformed EVERY Democrat COMBINED from the 2004 primaries (John Kerry, John Edwards, Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich). The Democratic turnout for 2008 is nearly twice what it was in 2004. Something is happening, folks. Young people are turning out in record numbers, women are supporting a man over their own, and white people (in the South no less) are doing what no one thought possible. This is astonishing. America is finally changing for the better.
The good news is, you can be a part of it. February 5, 2008 is “Super Tuesday”, the closest thing we have ever had to a national primary. 22 states will vote on Super Tuesday, including mega states like California, Illinois and New York. If you live in one of these states, VOTE. Obama needs your support! This is not going to be an easy fight. The Clintons will throw everything and the kitchen sink at Obama to prevent him from winning. They want the White House. If you live in one of the states below, please get out on February 5 and support Obama:
Idaho (Democratic Party Only)
Kansas (Democratic Party Only)
New Mexico (Democratic Party Only)