By Valencia Mohammed
AFRO Staff Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Illinois Sen. Barack Obama crushed political rivals in the first southern Democratic primary, giving his campaign a huge boost as he and his challengers head into “Super Tuesday” on February 5th, when 22 states hold primaries.
Obama won with 55 percent of the vote, compared to 27 percent for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and 18 percent for John Edwards, according to exit polls.
"….I did not see a Black or White South Carolina,” he said. “I saw South Carolina.”
Obama won about 80 percent of the Black vote and attracted about one of every four White voters, based on exit polls.
In a rousing victory party before hundreds Saturday night, Obama told supporters that campaign has attracted the most diverse group of voters.
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