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Obama Wins South Carolina

PJM Roundup: After a hard-fought -- and, at times, ugly -- battle for South Carolina, Barack Obama emerged victorious over Hillary Clinton. Will his strong showing reshape the race for the Democratic nomination? The media and blogosphere weigh in. Kathryn Jean Lopez: Obama's inspiring victory speech shows how tough he will be to beat if he gets the nomination. NY Times: Obamalot? Caroline Kennedy endorses Barack Obama because he is "like my father." More at the jump...

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January 27, 2008 - 1:30 am

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TalkLeft: Media’s Clinton Derangement Syndrome is rearing its head again.

The Trail: Fewer than 20 Hillary Clinton supporters show up at post-election event.

CNN’s Political Ticker: “Roughly 6 in 10 South Carolina Democratic primary voters said Bill Clinton’s campaigning was important in how they ultimately decided to vote, and of those voters, 48 percent went for Barack Obama while only 37 percent went for Hillary Clinton.”

David Freddoso: “The determining factor in how people voted was race. Not that this is a good thing.”

CNN: Live results

MSNBC: 68% of white voters think Clinton unfairly attacked Obama.

Fox News, ABC News project Obama to win

ABC News: Large Turnout Among Blacks, Women

Michael Graham: “It is possible Obama won’t win a single state after South Carolina. He could even lose his home state of Illinois.”

Fox News: “Barack Obama doesn’t just want to win the South Carolina primary. He wants to do it in such a way that proves he’s got broad appeal across lines of race, gender and economic status.”

TheState.com: “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.”

Politico: “With polls showing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton lagging behind Sen. Barack Obama here, the Clinton campaign is concentrating on competing hard in selected congressional districts in an effort to keep Obama from running up the score in Saturday’s primary.”

CNN: “Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may be competing in the South Carolina Democratic Primary Saturday, but they’re also vying for the top prize in another contest: The Oppression Sweepstakes.”

SurveyUSA: “Last time 14 pollsters all told you that Barack Obama would win a Primary, all 14 were wrong. That was the day before New Hampshire, 18 days ago. History has an opportunity to repeat itself this weekend.”

Open Left: “All 9 pollsters working South Carolina have Obama ahead by 6-20 points. If Obama loses South Carolina to Clinton, the nomination fight is over and the polling community is in some serious trouble.”

Kevin Drum: “I don’t know if this year’s primary has really been an awful lot more heated than some in the past, but it sure has been more meme driven … The latest meme, of course, is that a few testy exchanges means that this is the roughest, toughest, meanest primary we’ve ever seen. Spare me.”

Pollster.com: Variation in results from different polls explained.

Political Arithmetik: Some polls have “an amazing undecided rate of 36%. That makes every candidate in their poll look lower than in all other polls that have a much lower rate of undecided.”

CBS: “Barack Obama is walking a tricky racial line, trying to excite black support in the South without getting tagged as “the black candidate” and scaring off anybody else.”

Politburo Diktat: How the white vote factor will play out.

NY Times: Candidates spent Friday trying to widen their appeal to groups outside their core group of allies.

Dick Morris: “How Clinton Will Win the Nomination by Losing S.C.”

Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby: “Barack Obama has a 13-point lead on rival Hillary Clinton but his support has eroded slightly on the eve of South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary … John Edwards gaining two points to climb to 21 percent and inch closer to second place.”

TheState.com: Edwards might be in striking distance for 2nd-place finish.

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