Barack Obama Wins South Carolina Primary, Democrats Eye Super Tuesday

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 27, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 27,

Columbia, SC ( — Barack Obama, one of the three pro-abortion Democratic candidates for president, captured the South Carolina primary on Saturday night with a strong showing. Obama came away with 55 percent of the vote while rival Hillary Clinton received 27 percent and John Edwards 18 percent.

The result was not surprising as Obama held a lead in the southern state for some time and Clinton shifted her emphasis on the Super Tuesday voting states on February 5 not long after her win in Nevada.

Obama fared well with black voters, who accounted for about half of the Democrats heading to the polls this weekend, while all three candidates split the vote of white Democrats.

Exit polls show some of the same trends among Democrats as in previous primary battles.

While Obama does better with younger voters and voters getting involved in a presidential race for the first time, Clinton does better with older voters considered to be more of the establishment of the Democratic Party.

In another sign to worry Republicans, about 530,000 Democrats turned out for the primary while 445,000 Republicans participated in the primary there on January 19. Those figures are similar to other states where Democratic turnout has outpaced Republicans.

In an election that will likely feature candidates who are diametrically opposed on abortions, the turnout figures should be a source of concern for the pro-life community looking to keep the White House in pro-life hands.

All three of the Democratic presidential candidates strongly support abortion and have pledged to appoint only pro-abortion judges to the Supreme Court. With either Clinton, Obama or Edwards in the White House, unlimited abortion would likely remain legal nationwide for another 35 years.