Senator Barack Obama won a commanding victory over Senator Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, drawing a wide majority of African-American support and one-quarter of white voters in a contest that sets the stage for a multi state fight for the party's presidential nomination. Obama had about 54%, Mrs. Clinton, 27% and Mr. Edwards, 19%.
How they faired among s.c. voters
In a speech in Independence, Mo., former President Bill Clinton congratulated Obama and said he looked forward to the Feb. 5 contests.
In a bitter campaign infused with discussions of race, Mr. Obama's convincing victory puts him on equal footing with Mrs. Clinton -having two wins each in early-voting states and also gives him a fresh momentum as the contest quickly proceeds into a nationwide battle over the next 10 days.