The Associated Press declared Barack Obama the winner of the South Carolina Democratic Party Primary Saturday night just minutes after the primary polling locations closed at 7:00 PM. They are calling the race a win for Obama based on their exit polls.
Update I: Here's a snapshot of CNN's exit poll showing the distribution by race. It shows that 53% of the polled electorate was black, and of those black voters 80% voted for Obama.
Update II: Results with 99% of the precincts reporting:
Obama - 55% = 25 delegates*
Clinton - 27% = 12 delegates*
Edwards - 18% = 8 delegates*
*The state has an additional 9 superdelegates.
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.
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