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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Uh OH-Maybe Chris Rock was On to Something.......Obama Wins Iowa!

Well the pollsters called it correctly, Senator Obama won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire and South Carolina are the next hurdles. Perhaps Hillary doesn't have Black folk in her back pocket after all. Mike Huckabee of course, won the respective Republican ticket in Iowa as well. But remember folks, there is a long road to travel and more states to conquer, so let's not do the Harlem shake just not quite yet. Here's more from Reuters pertaining to the Iowa race:

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Barack Obama took a big step on Thursday toward becoming the first black U.S. president when his campaign for change caught fire in Iowa and swept him past Hillary Clinton in the opening Democratic nominating contest.

On the Republican side, underdog Mike Huckabee capped a stunning political rise to beat Republican rival Mitt Romney, despite being dramatically outspent by the wealthy former Massachusetts governor and venture capitalist.

Obama, an Illinois senator, captured the first Democratic prize on the road to the White House with a comeback triumph over New York Sen. Clinton and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who were in a tight battle for second.

"We are choosing hope over fear, we are choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America," Obama told thousands of cheering supporters.

Both Obama and Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and ordained Baptist minister, once trailed better-known rivals Clinton and Romney in their race to be on the November election ballot, but rode a wave of grass-roots enthusiasm to victories by touting an outsider's message of change in Washington.

"Tonight what we have seen is a new day in American politics," Huckabee, with actor and supporter Chuck Norris nearby, told cheering backers in Des Moines. "Tonight we proved that American politics is still in the hands of people like you."

The 2008 campaign is the most open presidential race in more than 50 years, with no sitting president or vice president seeking their party's nomination, and the Iowa contest was the most hotly contested in the state's history.

Turnout among Democrats topped 220,000, smashing the previous record of 124,000 in 2004 -- testament to the high enthusiasm among Democrats heading into November's election.

For more of the Reuters article in its entirety, click on the link below:

Obama and Huckabee win first 2008 vote

And perhaps Hillary should have taken head to this Iowa Debate focus group:

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