Obama Wins South Carolina
Taking 57% of the vote in South Carolina it would seem that Barack Obama won in a run away. Far back ran Hillary with 29% and Edwards with that 13% that he seems to be drawing everywhere he goes. The headlines will tell us that he won a racially charged election. But while Obama did take around 80% of the Black vote, he couldn't have taken 57% of the vote if he didn't have significant white votes as well.
We must be careful that we don't allow this to be about race and gender. No matter who wins the nomination or in November, that person must be the President of all Americans -- not just whites, blacks, Latinos, men, women, young or old. The Rovian message is divide and conquer. It may win elections, but it's not good for the nation.
So, I say to the press, the pundits, and to the Clinton camp especially -- watch what you say about this win.
So today, I'm thankful that my guy won. And I'm a white male in California!
Update: 6:50 PST
I just checked things again, and here's an up to date count with about 99% of precincts in:
Barack Obama -- 288,402 --- 55%
Hillary Clinton -- 138, 486 --27%
John Edwards --- 92,285 -- 18%