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Obama batters Clinton and Edwards in South Carolina

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By Ben Cohen

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Obama won South Carolina BIG time. Obama tallied up more votes than Clinton and Edwards combined, catapulting him back into the lead. After Hillary Bill's morally dubious campaign over the last couple of weeks, it serves them right that they were handed such a resounding pasting. As for John Edwards, 3rd place is becoming symptomatic and it is not hard to envision him dropping out in the near future.

From the AP:

Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged
South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in
the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600
Democratic National Convention delegates.

"The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or
genders," Obama said at a boisterous victory rally. "It's not about
rich versus poor, young versus old and it's not about black versus
white. It's about the past versus the future."

The audience chanted "Race doesn't matter" as it awaited Obama to
make his appearance after rolling up 55 percent of the vote in a
three-way race.

But it did, in a primary that shattered turnout records.

About half the voters were black, according to polling place
interviews, and four out of five of them supported Obama. Black women
turned out in particularly large numbers. Obama, the first-term
Illinois senator, got about a quarter of the white vote while Clinton
and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina split the rest.

Clinton flew to Nashville as the polls closed, and looked ahead.
"Now the eyes of the country turn to Tennessee and the other states
voting on Feb. 5," she said, adding "millions and millions of Americans
are going to have their voices heard."

Edwards finished a distant third, a sharp setback in the state where
he was born and scored a primary victory in his first presidential
campaign four years ago. Even so, he vowed to remain in the race, his
goal, he said, to "give voice to all those whose voices aren't being

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