Strong Black Vote Gives Obama S.C. Win | News | BET.com

Posted: 02/11/2008 04:13 PM EST

Posted Jan. 26, 2008 – Barack beat Hillary bad in South Carolina Saturday night.

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According to exit polls, more than 50 percent of the Democratic voters who turned out Saturday were Black folks, and they made it obvious that they wanted the 46-year-old Illinois senator to have their state on lockdown.
 
Saturday's hard-fought battle evened the score with Clinton.

"There is now a two-person race,'' said Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington . Obama  "has an equal claim on the nomination,'' he told Bloomberg.com.

In Obama's victory speech, he told voters  the choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders.

"It’s not about rich versus poor, young versus old. And it is not about Black versus White. This election is about the past versus the future. It is about whether we settle for the same divisions and distractions and drama that passes for politics today, or whether we reach for a politics of common sense and innovation.”

Clinton acknowledged her defeat and vowed to take her fight for the White House nationwide.
 
"I have called Senator Obama to congratulate him and wish him well," said a statement issued by the former first lady's campaign. "We now turn our attention to the millions of Americans who will make their voices heard in Florida and the 22 states as well as American Samoa who will vote on February 5."
 
Democratic candidate John Edwards, who came in third place in the state where he was born, also congratulated Obama and vowed to move on to the Feb. 5 contests.
 
Obama, Saturday night, was endorsed by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy. In an article published on the Web site of the New York Times, Kennedy wrote that Obama could inspire Americans "the way people tell me my father inspired them.''

BET News Senior Political Producer Pamela Gentry was in South Carolina Saturday night and has more.

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