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Obama wins big in South Carolina

Matt has a good breakdown on this surprisingly lopsided victory for Obama:

Check out the data:

  • Obama's 295,000 votes are more than the vote totals of John McCain (147,000) and Mike Huckabee (132,000) combined.
  • Obama wins 54% of the women vote.
  • Obama wins 67% of voters 18-29 years old, 62% of voters 30-44 years old, and 55% of voters 45-59 years old.
  • Obama wins non-Black voters aged 18-29 with 52% and non-Black voters aged 30-44 with 41% of the vote and non-Black voters aged 45-59 with 40% of the vote. 
  • Obama won every income category.
  • Obama won the Independent vote with 42% of the vote.
  • While Obama got 22% of White women versus 42% for Clinton, White men split evenly between Obama and Clinton.
  • 55% of the voters said Obama was most likely to unite the country.
  • 48% of the voters said Obama was most likely to beat the Republican nominee.

Tonight we also learn this from Sunday's New York Times:

A President Like My Father

OVER the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.

My reasons are patriotic, political and personal, and the three are intertwined. All my life, people have told me that my father changed their lives, that they got involved in public service or politics because he asked them to. And the generation he inspired has passed that spirit on to its children. I meet young people who were born long after John F. Kennedy was president, yet who ask me how to live out his ideals.

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