South Carolina Democrat primary: Donkey rumble; Update: A "rout" for Obama; anti-Bill Clinton backlash
Update 7:45pm Eastern. A Billy Jeff backlash. Keep talking, Billy Boy!
Update 7:11pm Eastern. Obama is the runaway winner. Hillary has left SC for Nashville…
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.
Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina was running third, a sharp setback in the state where he was born and scored a primary victory in his first presidential campaign four years ago.
The Associated Press made its call based on surveys of voters as they left the polls.
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. Clinton and Edwards each won roughly 40 percent of the white vote, with about 25 percent going to Obama, the first-term Illinois senator.
Polls close at 7pm Eastern. South Carolina media outlets are reporting record turnout. The State:
Good weather and an attractive slate of candidates have South Carolina Democrats expecting record turnout for today’s presidential primary, continuing a trend seen in other early-voting states.
A big turnout likely will propel the winning candidate into so-called “Tsunami Tuesday,” when more than 20 states vote Feb. 5. But state party leaders said it also will make Democrats more competitive in South Carolina.
Despite the surge in voters, though, few believe a Democratic candidate has a shot to win South Carolina in November’s general election. The numbers aren’t there yet.
Adam at Palmetto Scoop blogs on the “corridor of shame” and “the lack of any real change that will come from all the Democrats’ empty rhetoric.”
Meanwhile, back in the Clinton camp: Robocalls.
And via Yahoo News, baby-hurling!
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