Sunday, January 27, 2008

Why Obama won and what his win gets him



Dual stunners: Total turnout exceeds GOP’s and Obama’s margin of victory
Sen. Barack Obama celebrates his resounding South Carolina victory Saturday night.

By: Tom Curry
National affairs writer

There were two true stunners Saturday night: the size of Sen. Barack Obama’s margin of victory over Sen. Hillary Clinton — 28 percentage points — but just as significant this number: Total turnout for Democrats in their primary was greater than the turnout for the Republican primary in this state, which is one of the most loyally Republican in the nation.

Four years ago about 293,000 Democrats voted in the state’s primary: Saturday Obama alone got more than that number of votes.

Why did Obama win South Carolina and what does this triumph portend for future contests?

One short answer: He and his campaign staffers worked.

Thus Obama vindicated Sen. Hillary Clinton’s own New Hampshire campaign slogan when she said, “Some believe you can get change by hoping for it. I believe you get change by working hard.”

Democratic activists here in South Carolina said that the Obama campaign had perhaps the most extensive field operation ever seen in this state.

Superb field organization
The reach of the Obama field operation extended even to such often forgotten places as Allendale County, which has the second smallest population of any of the state’s 46 counties.

To cite another locale, Obama had had about 20 supporters working out of his Greenville, S.C. office since mid-summer; Clinton had only five or six starting in the fall, according to one Greenville Democratic activist.

The Obama high command showed a skill for picking talent: Craig Schirmer, a veteran South Carolina get-out-the-vote expert, was in charge of Obama’s mobilization effort in the state.

Obama also won because Clinton and her strategists, sensing defeat, apparently decided to trim their effort in the state.

“They basically pulled out of the state,” said veteran Charleston, S.C. Democrat Phil Noble, the president of South Carolina New Democrats, and an Obama supporter.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The other Obama



In Barack Obama's bid for the Democratic nomination, wife Michelle is fondly referred to as 'The Closer.'

He is, by both nature and image-maker design, the John Boy of presidential aspirants.Harvard grad, successful lawyer, devoted mother . . . and every morning she gets to wake up next to him.

COLUMBIA, S.C.–She's the other "supportive spouse" on the campaign trail, but she doesn't lecture the media or launch political assaults.

Michelle Obama has no legacy to protect, can't wax nostalgic about her eight years in the White House, doesn't appear to be seeking office herself.

She has her own story to tell.

On a recent day, when Bill Clinton was talking about political "hit jobs," she was reading The Big Hungry Bear to preschoolers, trading hugs with 5-year-olds, then talking at a round table about breastfeeding and her daughters' soccer games.

But make no mistake – 44-year-old Michelle Obama is a savvy, if reluctant, political campaigner, a woman whose elegant air cushions some blunt views, a woman who can switch from doting mother to dynamic speaker at a podium in a blink.

She is an unquestioned asset to her husband, Barack Obama, as he heads into today's South Carolina showdown with Hillary Clinton in their battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, working more subtly and quietly than Clinton's spouse, who likes to bloody a few noses and make a lot of noise along the trail.

The Obama campaign fondly calls her "The Closer," the one who seals the deal, the embodiment of her husband's brassy campaign theme by Stevie Wonder, "Signed, Sealed Delivered."

She, more than her husband, can speak about a typical African American upbringing in this country.

She talks to women, a demographic her husband must win back, and about the gap in opportunities for young black girls, and she has spoken openly about fears for her family's safety.

"Ain't no black people in Iowa," she said famously, touting her husband's ability to cut across racial lines for support.

"Something big, something new is happening."

Michelle Obama can point to her childhood in a one-bedroom apartment on the south side of Chicago, her rise through Princeton and Harvard, a successful law practice, and her positions on corporate boards and the University of Chicago, posts that allowed her to earn double her husband's salary, more than $300,000 according to published reports, when she gave it up to help her spouse of 15 years become president.

"My mother came home and took care of us through high school, my father was a city shift worker who took care of us all his life," she told a university crowd here this week.

"The only amazing thing about my life is that a man like my father could raise a family of four on a single city worker's salary."

She initially had qualms about her husband's presidential run and spent months under the radar, staying back in Chicago with the couple's daughters, 6-year-old Sasha and 9-year-old Malia.

But then, she told Vanity Fair in an interview, she realized this bid was not about her husband, but her entire family.

"We're running for president of the United States," she said.

Now, one of the Obama campaign's buttons features the family of four as "America's First Family."

The former Michelle Robinson first met Barack Obama, a law student three years her senior, when she was assigned to mentor him at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin.

She took it upon herself to try to fix him up with eligible women his age, but Obama finally asked her out.

On their first date, she told the Chicago Sun-Times, they went to the Art Institute, strolled the city's famous Michigan Ave. and caught a movie, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

She had a more traditional view of commitment in a relationship; he was unconvinced of the strength of marriage as an institution.

On the couple's 15th wedding anniversary last October, she told the newspaper of the night he proposed, an evening that began with her telling him she was losing patience with his ambivalence when it came to marriage.

Then dessert arrived, a box on a plate. An engagement ring was inside.

"He said, `That kind of shuts you up, doesn't it?'" she recounted to the newspaper.

She is perhaps an even more commanding presence in a room than her husband, a statuesque woman, this day wearing a grey sweater and pinstriped suit, who demands attention and whose every movement is followed by every eye in the room.

On this day, she reads for a gaggle of 17 preschoolers, and she immediately charms, drawing each and every child into the exercise.

She hams it up with a giant university mascot and even shares a conspiratorial whisper with a tiny member of her group who tells her his parents really like her husband.

"Good," she whispers back, breaking into a large grin.

Then she moves upstairs to another room at this building on the University of South Carolina campus and talks about the challenges facing working women and young children in the United States and the need to elect someone who has "leadership, vision and character ... someone close enough to the ground to understand this."

She tells them she shops at Target, she stands in the morning chill on the soccer fields watching her daughters and agrees with another woman about inadequate maternity leave, saying that everyone pressures women to breast-feed, "but by the time you figure it out, you're back at work."

She tells them she would have no problem staying at home with her children, but that is not an option available to her or anyone in the room.

"During this entire process, I am constantly checking on my kids – `You okay?' `How you feelin'?'

"My disappointment as a woman, as a professional, is that my predecessors have been very good at playing the game, but the game itself is broken," she says. "Being a good mother should not be a barrier to being a good employee."

But she declines an invitation from the Star to discuss the other spouse, with whom Hillary Clinton famously equated her at a debate this week.

"Oh no, definitely not," she says.

But she had no qualms about doing it in a fundraising email.

"We knew getting into this race that Barack would be competing with Senator Clinton and president Clinton at the same time," she says in the appeal.

"We expected that Bill Clinton would tout his record from the '90s and talk about Hillary's role in his past success. That's a fair approach and a challenge we are prepared to face.

"What we didn't expect, at least not from our fellow Democrats, are the win-at-all-costs tactics we've seen recently.

"We didn't expect misleading accusations that wilfully distort Barack's record."

Their "smear tactics" turn people off government, she said.

She has had to learn that her words will always be magnified on the campaign trail. And she has had to check herself in dealing with reporters because her natural penchant is to lapse into sarcastic humour, a dangerous gambit in such a high-stakes race.

Earlier in the race, she made headlines with a comment that appeared to be an attack on the Clintons.

"Our view is if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House," she said in August. The campaign later said she was referring only to her home situation.

And when her would-be president comes home?

He does the laundry, makes the bed, takes out the garbage, she says.

"The girls need to see him doing that, and he knows I need him to do that," she says.

"That was a meeting of the minds that we had to reach.

"I wasn't content with saying, `You're doing important things in the world, so go off and be important and I'll handle everything else here.'

"The truth is, if I did that, I'd probably still be angry."

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Saturday, January 19, 2008



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When Attacked, Obama's Now Hitting Back Pt.1

Sen. Barack Obama lost the New Hampshire primary after attacks from his main rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, went largely unanswered. (Kevin Clifford - AP)

RENO, Nev., Jan. 18 -- The hundreds of people who turned out at the University of Nevada on Friday heard Sen. Barack Obama deliver a lofty stump speech about bridging the nation's divides and creating a groundswell for change. But they also witnessed him engage in the more mundane task of rebutting attacks from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on his positions on Social Security taxes and on the proposed nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

"When Senator Clinton implied that I'm for Yucca when I've never been for it, that's a problem. That erodes people's confidence in our politics," Obama said.

It was a sign of a lesson learned the hard way: Let no attack go unanswered.

After his victory in the Iowa caucuses, Obama arrived in New Hampshire more as the head of a movement than as a candidate, greeted by huge crowds that lined up for hours to hear a speech that could have been delivered at a suburban megachurch, all empowerment and inspiration.

While the Democratic senator from Illinois was holding his rallies, though, Clinton's campaign sent out a mailing accusing him of being soft in his support for abortion rights, organized 24 prominent New Hampshire women to send an e-mail echoing that charge and distributed a flier accusing him of seeking a big tax increase on working families. The charges were debatable, but Obama's only response was a hastily arranged automated phone call decrying the abortion attack. Clinton won the primary with strong support from the mailings' target audiences -- women and working-class voters.

Locked in a close race with Clinton that could continue well beyond the Feb. 5 primaries once seen as the campaign's decisive moment, the Obama team is determined not to make the same mistake. Much of the feel-good imagery was ditched in the New England snow, and it has been replaced by a more traditional campaign that rebuts and prebuts, brags about endorsements, and engages with -- rather than floats above -- the competition.

In Nevada, which holds its caucuses Saturday, the campaign has reverted to "town hall" meetings built around audience questions, rather than the rousing standalone speeches Obama gave in New Hampshire.

The shift in both tone and substance was apparent in a debate Tuesday in Las Vegas. Gone was the sense of easy confidence that Obama carried into the last debate before the Jan. 8 New Hampshire primary. This time he was all business on issues such as energy, the mortgage crisis and Iraq.

"We came into New Hampshire on a high," said David Axelrod, Obama's senior adviser. "The iconic rallies, combined with the polling, conveyed a sense that we were taking it for granted. She [Clinton] looked like she was working for it, scraping for it." He added, "This is a long process, and this is how you learn."

But the new, more aggressive strategy also poses a challenge for Obama: The more time he spends rebutting Clinton attacks, the more difficult it is for him to focus on the broader themes and uplifting rhetoric that have been drawing voters to him. While Obama may have the facts on his side -- at least in several instances -- engaging with the senator from New York may seem to many voters to be a wearying and obscure show of tit-for-tats that distracts from his overarching offer of a "new kind of politics."

But the need for such a rapid response is heightened by Obama's tendency to say things that his rival's campaign can seize on as fodder for attacks. On Friday, the Clinton campaign organized a conference call with several congressmen to lambaste Obama's remarks, in an editorial board interview in Nevada, about the transformative nature of Ronald Reagan, who, Obama said, "changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it." The Obama campaign quickly arranged its own call with congressmen, arguing that the remarks were a historical observation, not an endorsement of Reagan's politics.

On Friday night there was another attack, a radio ad from the Clinton campaign in which basketball star and Clinton friend Earvin "Magic" Johnson calls Obama a "rookie." The Obama campaign immediately produced a rebuttal noting that Johnson in his rookie year won the MVP award in the National Basketball Association finals.

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When Attacked, Obama's Now Hitting Back Pt.2

Sen. Barack Obama lost the New Hampshire primary after attacks from his main rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, went largely unanswered,

Clinton's charge questioning Obama's credentials on abortion rights surfaced a month before the Iowa caucuses; she cited Obama's votes of "present," rather than "yes" or "no," on some abortion bills in the Illinois Senate as proof that he is shaky on the issue. The Illinois chapter of the National Organization for Women had criticized the votes, but the Obama campaign pointed to statements by Pam Sutherland, the head of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council, saying the "present" votes were part of a strategy to protect legislators in vulnerable districts. Obama has 100 percent ratings from abortion rights groups.

But the mailing in New Hampshire, which stated in bold that Obama was "unwilling to take a stand on choice," arrived much closer to the vote there than in Iowa. His campaign rushed out an automated phone call two days before primary day, but on the final day of the campaign, volunteers reported with dismay that many voters were asking about Obama's stance on abortion rights.

This week, the campaign took a more combative approach. Last Saturday, Obama staffers called Sutherland to ask her to publicly explain the "present" votes. "The facts are the facts -- he helped us with a winning strategy," she said in a conference call with reporters the next day.

Clinton also attacked Obama's position on Social Security in a mailing that went to voters in New Hampshire and Nevada, accusing him of seeking a "trillion dollar tax increase on America's hardworking families." It was a reference to his statements that he would consider addressing Social Security's deficit by raising the $97,500 limit on salaries subject to payroll tax. At times, he has suggested a "doughnut hole" of untaxed salary above the current limit and taxing everything above $200,000.

Obama let the charge go unanswered in New Hampshire. But in Nevada he has offered a defense to his audiences, saying that raising the cap, particularly if limited to those earning more than $200,000, would make the tax more fair to working-class Americans, and noting that Clinton told a voter a few months ago that she was open to the idea. Her principal proposal for addressing Social Security is to restore "fiscal responsibility" and to appoint a study commission.

On Thursday came another Clinton broadside, a radio ad airing in Nevada that charged that Obama is "hip-deep in financial ties" to Chicago-based Exelon, a nuclear plant operator that supports the Yucca Mountain waste site, which is hugely unpopular in this state. Obama got Nevada supporters on the phone to assure reporters of his opposition to the Yucca site, and he rehashed it in his appearances.

In engaging more directly, the Obama campaign has mostly refrained from using its own radio ads or mailings to attack Clinton's record or proposals. A union backing him began running a harshly worded Spanish-language radio ad this week accusing Clinton of suppressing working-class voters because some of her supporters filed an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging caucus sites at Las Vegas casinos.

But, as the Clinton campaign points out, that does not mean that Obama has avoided attacks altogether -- he weaves them into his comments on the stump and in interviews, where his barbs have grown sharper. In Reno on Friday, he ridiculed an answer Clinton gave during the Las Vegas debate about her support for a 2001 Senate bankruptcy bill that was backed by credit-card companies and strongly opposed by consumer groups. Clinton said she was glad the measure never became law. "Think about that," Obama said. "She voted for it even though she hoped it wouldn't pass."

The crowd favorite was Obama's reenactment of how Clinton and former senator John Edwards (N.C.) responded during the debate to a question about their biggest weaknesses. Obama recalled his own answer -- that he is disorganized. "And Senator Edwards says, 'I'm just so passionate about poor people. And helping them.' And then Hillary says, 'My biggest weakness is I'm so impatient about bringing about real change to America.' "

Smiling, Obama added: "This is what I mean. This is political speak. This is what you learn in Washington, from all those years of experience."

Watching the new course Obama has taken, some campaign insiders like to think the New Hampshire loss was not the worst outcome for a candidate who is relatively new to the national stage, compared with Clinton, and followed a relatively easy path to the Senate. Had Obama won in New Hampshire, said one prominent Democrat, he might have become the prohibitive favorite for the nomination, "but he wouldn't be ready for the general election, he wouldn't be ready for the White House."

MacGillis reported from Washington.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Kerry endorses Obama



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Kerry endorses Obama

January 12, 2008

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: Barack Obama has secured the endorsement of a pillar of the Democratic establishment, with the former presidential candidate John Kerry backing him to go all the way to the White House.

Senator Kerry announced his decision, which will be a blow for Hillary Clinton, as Senator Obama took his campaign to South Carolina on Thursday. That state's primary on January 26 will be the first big test of Senator Obama's appeal to black Americans.

Senator Kerry declared: "Martin Luther King jnr said the time is always right to do what is right. And I'm here because this is the right time to share with you that Barack Obama can be, will be and should be the next president of the United States."

Despite his failed presidential run in 2004, Senator Kerry remains a force within the Democratic Party, and brings volunteers and a mailing list of 3 million supporters. His decision could tempt uncommitted establishment figures to opt for Senator Obama.

Both men appeared at the College of Charleston, where Senator Kerry addressed doubts over Senator Obama's inexperience. Young visionaries such as Thomas Jefferson and Dr King had played pivotal roles in the nation's history, he said.

"We are electing judgment and character, not years on this Earth. It is the moral compass I see in Barack Obama that gives me confidence he will steer our country in the right direction."

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Bill Bradley comes out for Barack Obama in New Hampshire

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Bill Bradley, a former presidential hopeful and senator, planned to endorse Barack Obama for president on Sunday, aides said.
Bradley, a hall of fame professional basketball player, will campaign on Monday for Obama, Obama aides told The Associated Press.

The aides, speaking on condition of anonymity in advance of the formal announcement, said they hope the endorsement will help Obama end the national front-runner status for Clinton, who placed a disappointing third in Iowa's caucuses last week and is deadlocked with Obama in New Hampshire according to a poll released Saturday.

"Barack Obama is building a broad new coalition that brings together Democrats, independents and Republicans by once again making idealism a central focus of our politics," Bradley said in a statement scheduled to be released on Sunday.

"Because of his enormous appeal to Americans of all ages and backgrounds, Obama is the candidate best positioned to win in November. ... His movement for change could create a new era of American politics — truly a new American story."

Obama remains in a tight race with Clinton, both posting 33 percent support in a CNN-WMUR poll conducted two days after Barack Obama's Iowa victory and released Saturday night. A second poll, from The Concord Monitor and Research 2000, shows Obama at 34 and Clinton at 33. Clinton now seeks to stop Obama's momentum in New Hampshire, where the presidential primary is on Tuesday.

Bradley ran in the 2000 presidential primary against Vice President Al Gore. He sought to paint himself as an alternative to the incumbent Gore, appealing to the party's liberal base. He failed to win, however, because many of New Hampshire's largest voting bloc — independents — flocked to Sen. John McCain's first bid.

Bradley briefly considered a 2004 bid but instead stayed a consultant. In that presidential primary, he supported then-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

"Bill Bradley has always called on Americans to reach for what is possible in our politics," Obama said in a draft statement. "As a presidential candidate and author, he has continued to challenge us to build a mandate for pragmatic solutions and progressive change, and I am truly grateful that he has endorsed my candidacy."

Obama's state director, Matt Rodriguez, was a top aide to Bradley's campaign here in 2000.

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Hillary Clinton 'desperate but not panicked'

By Tim Shipman
Last Updated: 1:31am GMT 07/01/2008


Hillary Clinton's closest allies have launched a calculated bid to play down the significance of Barack Obama's victory in the first White House showdown last week and his credentials to run America.

New Hampshire stampede sets Obama up for second victory
In interviews with The Sunday Telegraph, Dick Gephardt, twice a Democrat presidential candidate, and Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state, joined a publicity offensive to rehabilitate the former First Lady as the only candidate qualified to be president, and tough enough to face down her Republican opponents.


Hillary Clinton now needs a good result
in New Hampshire to stay in the running


Mrs Clinton's friends were sent to campaign in New Hampshire, which holds its primary elections on Tuesday, after her third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses torpedoed her frontrunner status.

In a sharpening of the Clinton camp's rhetoric against Mr Obama, Mr Gephardt said the senator from Illinois had not accomplished much during his three years in Washington.

And Mr Gephardt, a former majority leader of the House of Representatives, suggested that Mr Obama's win, by 38 per cent to Mrs Clinton's 29 per cent, was not a "real loss" for her.

Both he and Mrs Albright questioned the rules of the caucuses, where victory is decided by the number of delegates the candidates win, rather than the number of votes they receive.

Mr Gephardt said: "It's still not clear how far apart they were. They were pretty tightly bunched. It wasn't a blowout victory for Obama. Obviously, you would rather win than lose, but I don't see it as a real loss."

Echoing Mr Obama's campaign slogan, he said Mrs Clinton "is as interested in change as her opponent, but she has the ability to get it done in the real world. Senator Obama is a talented individual but he has only just arrived, he really hasn't accomplished very much."

He warned that the Republicans would "beat up" the Democrat candidate, whoever it is, during the general election but said that only Mrs Clinton was "tested". Mr Gephardt did admit Mrs Clinton had "got to start winning" but insisted she could survive a second defeat in New Hampshire.

He also dismissed Mr Obama's success in attracting record numbers of independent and Republican voters in Iowa.

Mrs Albright questioned the Iowa result, saying: "I think there are issues about Iowa and the caucus system. We all want change but it's necessary to have the experience to make it happen."

Clinton advisers have revealed that there is unease in her campaign team about how to combat Mr Obama's popularity. On Friday, she wheeled out husband Bill - blamed by some in her camp for overshadowing his wife on the campaign trail. The former president declared that she could copy his "comeback kid" achievement in New Hampshire during the 1992 election.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Mr Clinton had taken part in a conference call on Friday morning seeking to calm nerves among his wife's congressional supporters. One participant said of the mood in her camp: "There's desperation, but there's no panic."

Clinton advisers drew attention to Mr Obama's vulnerability to Republican attacks on his admissions of youthful drug use and inconsistencies over healthcare and gun control policy - but will not resort to attack advertisements before Tuesday's primary.

The Clinton camp knew well in advance that they were in trouble in Iowa.

A week before the caucuses, a group of former Oxford University friends of the Clintons' daughter Chelsea - now consultants, lawyers and accountants - flew to Des Moines to join the effort. Time and again when they knocked on doors they found that prospective Clinton voters had defected. "We kept finding people who had switched to Obama," one friend told The Sunday Telegraph. The same message came from a focus group of Democrat voters convened by the pollster Frank Luntz on the eve of the caucus. Phillip Williams, a 48-year-old metal machinist, said: "I have a problem with her credibility. She doesn't seem to be genuine."

In response to the defeat, Mrs Clinton bolstered her campaign in New Hampshire with experienced strategists who helped to revitalise John Kerry's campaign four years ago. With them is Steve Morgan, a British strategist who worked on Tony Blair's election victory in 1997 and was international media spokesman for both Mr Kerry and Al Gore.

He said of the Iowa result: "It's Obama's backyard. It would be like Gordon Brown going to Witney and beating David Cameron."

Mr Morgan will also run the campaign's outreach programme, wooing overseas voters, including 350,000 in Britain. He told The Sunday Telegraph: "There are 6.5 million American expats now - that's more voters than in the state of Massachusetts."

If Mrs Clinton does not get a good result in New Hampshire, planning for the November general election may prove academic.

David Gergen, a former adviser to her husband, said: "She has to win in New Hampshire. I think if she comes in second she will be crippled."

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Steely Clinton attacks Obama as new vote showdown looms

Hillary Clinton launched a searing attack on surging rival Barack Obama, as polls showed Sunday he could inflict a second body blow to her White House hopes in the upcoming New Hampshire primary.

Clinton on Saturday used a tense face-to-face debate, three days before the next crucial 2008 test to argue her rival was inconsistent, inexperienced, and more fond of words than action.

"He could have a pretty good debate with himself," a steely Clinton said, trying to pin the damaging 'flip-flop label on Obama on hot-button issues like healthcare, national security and Iraq.

Clinton came out swinging after a humiliating third place in Thursday's leadoff Iowa caucuses, which validated Obama's soaring message of hope, change and cleansing America's poisoned politics.

"You have changed positions within three years on a range of issues that you put forth when you ran for the Senate and have changed," she said.

"You said that records matter."

She also argued his powerful rhetoric did not mean he would be effective in driving reform, and said her quest to be the first woman president showed she was an agent of change.

"Words are not actions. And as beautifully presented and passionately felt as they are, they are not action."

Obama, stature enhanced by his Iowa triumph, avoided serious gaffes, appeared unruffled by Clinton's attacks, and smoothly deflected them with his own political message.

"What I think is important that we don't do is try to distort each other's records as election day approaches here in New Hampshire.

"What I think the people of America are looking for are people who are going to be straight about the issues," Obama said.

New polls meanwhile showed the effect of Obama's Iowa momentum.

In a CNN/WMUR survey, one of the first since the Iowa caucuses, Obama and Clinton were locked up on 33 percent of likely primary voters. Obama was up four points from a similar poll in late December and Clinton was down one.

Another poll, by the Concord Monitor newspaper, had Obama with a slender one point lead over Clinton, 34 to 33 percent.

The Clinton campaign rejected the idea Obama was vaulting from victory in Iowa, to a win in New Hampshire on Tuesday, saying his poll 'bounce' was negligable.

In a rare moment of levity, Clinton was asked why people appeared to like Obama more.

"Well that hurts my feelings," Clinton said, sparking laughter from the audience, ... "But I'll try to go on."

"He's very likable. I agree with that. ... I don't think I'm that bad," said Clinton, showing the softer side her campaign has tried to highlight to head off claims that she has a polarizing character.

Obama, adding bite to a sugary exchange, joked "You're likeable enough, Hillary," before she went back on the attack.

"In 2000, we, unfortunately, ended up with a president who people said they wanted to have a beer with, who said he wanted to be a uniter, not a divider."

"I'm offering 35 years of experience making change."

The Republican debate was the more bruising.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who won the Republican Iowa caucuses, had to defend his remark that President George W. Bush's foreign policy had been arrogant.

Arizona Senator John McCain, who tied for third in Iowa but leads polls in New Hampshire, said he was the one Republican consistently right on Iraq.

"I know how to lead, I have been involved in these issues and I know how to solve them," said McCain.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney took countless attacks: at one point he accused Huckabee of mischaracterizing his position and Huckabee shot back, "which one?"

McCain accused Romney of distorting his views on illegal immigrants.

"My friend, you can spend your whole fortune on these attack ads. But it still won't be true," McCain said.

Republicans gave Obama a taste of attacks he will face if he wins the nomination, in treatment which suggested he was now seen as the Democratic front-runner.

"Senator Obama does not have the national security experience and background to lead this nation," McCain said.

New Hampshire and a few other states hold "semi-open" primaries that allow independents to get involved on the side of their choice.

Independents comprise some 44 percent of the approximately 850,000 voters in the state and can have a decisive role. Some candidates shape their message to appeal to this crucial bloc.

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Obama Phenomenon

The Obama Phenomenon
By: BOB HERBERT
Published: January 5, 2008
Manchester, N.H.

The historians can put aside their reference material. This is new. America has never seen anything like the Barack Obama phenomenon.

I was surprised all day Thursday, before the results of the Iowa caucuses were in, by the apparent serenity of the Obama forces here in New Hampshire. The stakes were enormous, but the campaign staff members and volunteers seemed as cool as the candidate.

The students, veterans, middle-aged moms, retirees and others working steadily to make Barack Obama president seemed to accept as fact that the country is ready for profound change and that their job is to help make it happen.

“We’ve been busy knocking on doors, making phone calls, inputting data and basically just spreading hope,” said Kathryn Teague, a 19-year-old who has taken a year off from Keene State College to work in the campaign.

There is no longer any doubt that the Obama phenomenon is real. Mr. Obama’s message of hope, healing and change, discounted as fanciful and na├»ve by skeptics, drew Iowans into the frigid night air by the tens of thousands on Thursday to stand with a man who is not just running for president, but trying to build a new type of political movement.

By midnight, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd had been chased from the race; John Edwards was all but literally on his knees; and the Clintons were trying, for the umpteenth time, to figure out how to remake themselves as the comeback kids.

Shake hands with tomorrow. It’s here.

Senator Obama’s victory speech was a concise oratorical gem. No candidate in either party can move an audience like he can. He characterized his stunning victory as an affirmation of “the most American of ideas — that in the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.”

Mr. Obama has shown, in one appearance after another, a capacity to make people feel good about their country again. His supporters want desperately to turn the page on the bitter politics and serial disasters of the past 20 years. That they have gravitated to a black candidate to carry out this task is — to use a term I heard for the first time this week — monumentous.

The Clintons, especially, have seemed baffled by the winds of change. They mounted a peculiar argument against Senator Obama, acknowledging that voters wanted change but insisting that you can’t achieve change by doing things differently. Senator Hillary Clinton has had a devil of a time trying to cope with the demand for change while shouldering the legacy of an administration that defined the 1990s.

Barack Obama has none of that baggage.

But for all the talk of change, it’s just one of the factors driving the Obama phenomenon. The simple truth is that hardly anyone — in politics, in the news media or anywhere else — realized what an extraordinary candidate Senator Obama would turn out to be.

He’s smart, hard-working, charismatic, good-looking and a whiz at fund-raising.

He has an incandescent smile, but it’s not frozen in place. He seems authentic. When he laughs, you have the feeling it’s because something is funny.

People are lining up to believe in him. He has the easy demeanor (in a long, lanky frame) of someone who’s comfortable with himself. Even when he fires up a crowd, he doesn’t get too hot. He has the cadences that remind you of King but the cool that reminds you of Kennedy — John, not Robert.

If the Clintons are going to stop Mr. Obama, they need to do it now. If he wins the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the news media will go nuts and he will head toward the Jan. 19 caucuses in Nevada and the Jan. 26 primary in South Carolina (where half the voters are African-American) with incredible momentum.

I expect that African-Americans, under those circumstance, would view his campaign with almost religious fervor. All those questions about whether he’s black enough would be history. Mr. Obama would be perceived by many as within striking distance of the presidency, and there will be very few blacks in favor of stopping that train.

However this election turns out, Mr. Obama can be credited with a great achievement. He has drawn tons of people, and especially young people, into the political process. More than anyone else, he has re-energized that process and put some of the fun back into politics. And he’s done it by appealing openly and consistently to the best, rather than the worst, in us.

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Why America needs Obama

Why America needs Obama
January 5, 2008
by: Deval Patrick
I AM proud to be a Democrat, but sometimes Democratic politics can be tiresome.

For years, candidates have appealed to voters by arguing how they can win or why any Democrat would be better than any Republican. They miss the fact that voters are more interested in why Democrats should win than how we will. They mistakenly believe that discontent with Republicans will assure a Democratic victory, when in truth most of us aren't buying 100 percent of what either party is selling. So, election after election, we end up with the same old debate and commentary about competing electoral tactics rather than a vision for the future.

We have a chance this time to choose a different kind of candidate, a different kind of president.

Barack Obama is the only candidate in the field who has demonstrated the ability to unite people across differences around common cause.

From his work in Chicago neighborhoods, to the Illinois Senate, to the US Senate, to his success in campaigning for other candidates in so-called red states like Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Virginia, Obama has shown an uncommon ability to work across differences and get meaningful results. Applying that talent to a vision for a better, safer, more just, and more prosperous American future could not come a moment too soon.

We face profound challenges. The Bush administration has been ineffective in foreign policy and absent in domestic policy. While our troops are performing well abroad, their mission was poorly conceived and their exit strategy nonexistent. At home, the poor are in terrible shape and the middle class are one month away from being poor. Healthcare and college costs are getting further and further out of reach, roads and bridges are in disrepair, and a lot of the people in power have spent more time denying climate change than trying to defeat it. Everyday people are anxious, and their anxiety knows no party.

America needs Obama.

He has comprehensive plans to end the war in Iraq, provide universal healthcare, lift up schools, and to save the planet. I like many of his ideas. But frankly most candidates in the race - Democrat and Republican - have a couple of good ideas. What I want, and what I sense the American people want, is more than good policy. We want great leadership.

This is where Barack Obama rises above the field. Instead of calculation or connections, he has risen on convictions. Instead of stoking partisan anger, he calls on our common aspirations. Instead of the right and the left, he is focused on right and wrong. At a time when so many of us - Democrats, Republicans, and independents - are tired of petty division and desperate for change, Obama makes a claim on all of us to join in restoring the American dream. His leadership is about articulating a vision and motivating others to reach for it.

That is why Obama consistently polls higher with independents and Republicans than any other Democrat. That is why he is greeted by crowds made up of every kind of person, from all kinds of backgrounds. That is why he won the Iowa caucuses on Thursday. That is why he has received more than 750,000 donations, mostly from small donors, and signed up a half-million supporters from all age groups, states, races, and political affiliations - many of them involved in the process for the first time. When people try to imagine the kind of leadership they want and know we need, the image that comes to many minds is Obama.

And here is where the wise guys and gals come in. The political commentators and self-appointed experts start telling us that we can't have what we want. I heard that throughout my own campaign. I ask the people of America to do now what I asked the people of Massachusetts to do: take a chance not so much on a candidate, but on your own aspirations. If we do, then Obama wins - and so do we.

Once in a generation, a candidate comes along who is committed to more than succeeding at the partisan food fight in Washington. Once in a generation, a candidate comes along who is both book smart and street smart, who is equally at ease with the meek and the mighty - and perhaps most especially with himself. Once in a generation, we get the opportunity to take a quantum leap forward in our politics. Barack Obama is that candidate and this is our opportunity. I don't care if it's not his turn, because I know in my head and in my heart that it is his time.

Deval Patrick is governor of Massachusetts.

Obama Draws Record Number of Young People

After Iowa's Surprises, Focus Shifts to N.H.
by: Rick Bowmer



Day to Day, January 4, 2008 · Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was propelled to victory in the Democratic caucuses in Iowa Thursday night in large part because of the support of young people and first-time caucuses-goers. Among Democratic caucus participants under 30, Obama took 57 percent of the vote.

"That's a landslide margin," says Jehmu Greene, a political consultant and former president of Rock the Vote, an organization that aims to mobilize young people. "It is clear that his message of change and hope connected with this generation of new voters."

Young voters made up about a fifth of the 239,000 caucus participants, about twice as many as typically take part, according to party officials. While people under 30 made up 23 percent of the Democratic caucus, they were just 12 percent of the Republican caucus, however.

From the beginning, reaching out to young people has been an integral part of the Obama grass-roots approach.

"The Clintons have a strong operation with traditional voters. The Obama campaign knew they were going to have to find new voters, and the best way to find new voters is to reach out to young people, because they are the group that votes in the smallest numbers," says Greene.

In the 2004 presidential election, just 47 percent of 18-to 24 year-old citizens voted, compared to 66 percent of citizens 25 and older, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. This was still an 11 percent jump from four years earlier.

Obama targeted young people not only through phone lines, e-mail and social networking sites — such as Facebook — but also face-to-face in an unprecedented way.

"Usually there's very limited resources put into engaging young people, but the Obama campaign actually put a lot of resources into identifying these young people and they stuck with them, knocked on their doors and actually turned them out," Greene says. "I think the key point with the Obama campaign is that they didn't stop with the Internet and cell phone outreach; they took this to the street."

The Obama campaign has 175 student chapters in Iowa.

"Each one was turning out five to 20 young people to the caucuses," Greene says. "That is just unprecedented in presidential campaigns."


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Thursday, January 3, 2008

from Obama HQ Feature:
OBAMA WINS IOWA
By Sam Graham-Felsen - Jan 3rd, 2008 at 10:25 pm EST

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Nobody thought we could do this. We're proving the cynics wrong every day.

CNN...

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) -- Barack Obama will win the Iowa Democratic caucus, CNN projects, based on early results.
UPDATE: Video from MSNBC:

UPDATE II: LA Times:

The news agency also projected Obama as the winner over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. Clinton and Edwards were running neck and neck for second place.
UPDATE III: AP:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Sen. Barack Obama, bidding to become the nation's first black president, captured the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, opening test in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination...

Obama, 46 and a first-term senator from Illinois, eased past a high-powered field that included Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the former first lady, and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the party's 2004 vice presidential nominee.
UPDATE IV: ABC News "Obama emerges victorious in Iowa:

ABC News projects that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will be the winner of the Iowa Democratic caucuses. At this point ABC News does not have enough information yet to project who will come in second or third.

Over the last year in Iowa leading up to today's caucus, Obama's hope-infused rhetoric of a political fresh start went head-to-head with Clinton's message, built on a foundation of strength, experience and electability. The two themes have been at loggerheads among Democratic voters in the Hawkeye state; though increasingly experience and electability gave way to idea of change and a new direction.
UPDATE V: Washington Post:

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) secured victory in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, a stunning affirmation of his message of change and a stinging setback to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) -- the long time national frontrunner. Clinton called Obama to concede.

With nearly 1,500 of the state's 1,781 precincts reporting their results, Obama led with 35 percent of the votes followed by former senator John Edwards and Clinton, both with 30 percent.

A large number of news media outlets have declared Obama the winner and his campaign was estimating that turnout surged above 200,000 -- a massive increase from the roughly 125,000 Democrats who participated in 2004.

UPDATE IX: Washington Post The Trail:

When the networks called the race, Barack Obama supporters had just started to trickle into the downtown arena that the campaign had booked for caucus night, and they reacted with both shock and glee as the returns rolled in. Senior Obama advisor David Axelrod said the most surprising thing was the turnout.

"These were numbers you'd expect almost in a primary," he said. "The prodigious turnout was breathtaking, and it eclipsed anything I heard predicted. It's just fabulous to see people engaged in this way."

One crucial group, he said: young voters. "Younger voters participated in far greater numbers than ever before," said Axelrod as he studied the screen of his Blackberry, still appearing somewhat stunned at the returns.
UPDATE X: CBS News:

Entrance polls of Democratic caucus attendees also confirm some expectations for the evening - Clinton starts the night with strong support among women, and Obama is showing strength among young attendees.

"Young and first-time voters delivered for Obama as his campaign predicted and change was the number one concern of over half of Democratic caucus goers, creating the conditions for his victory," Ververs added. "His campaign now heads to New Hampshire with momentum, a state loaded with Independent voters who can now visualize him as a winner."
UPDATE XI: MSNBC:

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sen. Barack Obama, campaigning to be the first black president in American history, won the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, turning back rivals Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in the opening test of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination...

Obama, 46, and a first-term senator from Illinois, and Clinton each had sought to make history, he the most viable black presidential candidate in history, she a former first lady bidding to become the first female commander in chief.
UPDATE XII: MSNBC "Heavy Turnout..."

The state party said later that with 93.5 percent of the precincts reporting, there had been a record 218,000 caucus participants.
"Linda Lohse-Lange, of West Des Moines, has been going to caucuses since 1976. She has been a state delegate for both parties, but she showed up Thursday night in a bright red hat adorned with buttons for Obama.

"I think it's very serious, more serious than in the past," Lohse-Lange said. "I was surprised the parking lot was so full. I had a hard time finding a place to park."
UPDATE XIII: Chicago Tribune:

Fueled by record turnout among young and new voters, Sen. Barack Obama won an historic and convincing victory in the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, a win that validated his status as a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

He handily defeated both Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, ending any talk of Clinton as her party's presumptive favorite.

The win propels Obama to New Hampshire with a strong wind behind him with only four days remaining before the first-in-the nation primary. A strong turnout from independent voters helped deliver the victory.

Turnout surged for all Democrats, easily surpassing the 125,000 voters in the 2004 primary with only two-thirds of the vote counted.

Obama's message of change clearly trumped Clinton's pitch about experience.
UPDATE XVI: CNN.com:

With such a close race on both sides, voter turnout was key. The Iowa Democratic Party reported seeing record turnout. The party said there were 218,000 caucus attendees with 93.5 percent of the precincts reporting.

The Iowa Democratic Party said 124,000 people participated in the 2004 caucuses, while the Republican Party of Iowa estimated that 87,000 people took part in the 2000 caucuses. (President Bush ran unchallenged for a second term in 2004.) Photo See your pictures of the candidates in Iowa »

Caucus-goer Kathy Barger, inside a Democratic caucus site in Walnut, Iowa, said the room she was in was packed to the brim with a line out the door.

"I don't know how they are going to be able to fit everybody in the room, much less count the votes," she said. "There are bodies in every available space in the room."
UPDATE XVII: CNN.com:

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — At Obama's caucus night headquarters in Des Moines, the hall is filling up with people — many young — screaming "We did it!" When they see returns on the big screen TVs ,the crowd bursts into spontaneous rounds of Obama's campaign chant: "Fired up — Ready to go!"

Obama aides say returns show Obama did better than expected among seniors and in rural districts.

The candidate himself seemed to be in a confident mood today. At a visit to a restaurant this afternoon he told diners "I feel good" or "We're doing great."
UPDATE XVIII: Donna Brazille on Obama's "momentum"...





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By lvampa Today at 9:27 pm EST
Thanks Iowa!!!
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By Stel Today at 9:28 pm EST
Its our movement, our win. 49 more states to go. Oh yeah.
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By Jeff Today at 9:50 pm EST
Amazing. Obama really is best for this country.
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By M. from North Scituate, MA 3 minutes ago
I am so excited. I am an Australian living in Sydney. Barack offers a different way forward!
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By Ang Today at 9:29 pm EST
Yeah!!! we didi it. Thank you to all the ground troops in Iowa. I love you guys

Obama 08
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By JP - VA 4 OBAMA Today at 9:29 pm EST
YES!!!

Thank you Iowa! Thank you to all of those who traveled to Iowa to help in the effort. I feel confident that next Tuesday we will have the same results in NH!!!!!
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By Mr. PC Today at 9:53 pm EST
WE DID IT!

I've never been so excited about an Iowa caucus in my life.

AMERICA! DO YOU BELIEVE NOW??
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By Sandy 29 minutes ago
I too have never been so excited about an IA caucus! We caucus in NV too and I am fired up and ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!
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By MarkfromChi Today at 9:34 pm EST
This is great news! Fired UP and really PROUD. THANK YOU IOWA!!!!
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By EM Today at 9:34 pm EST
I can't stop the tears. AMEN! I am so proud of IOWA!!!!!! What a team we have here!
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By Helen Today at 9:35 pm EST
Iowa came thru. Lets keep it going into NH
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By Clark from Cincinnati, OH 57 minutes ago
I am so proud of the American people. I am PROUD of the Iowan youth. You guys did this! You made this happen. Thank you, from an Ohioan.
TEARS?! Yeah, I'm a little misty myself. I believe again. Belief is a good thing. One state down. One to go. Let's get New Hampshire.
Thank you, Barack! We believe in you!
Listen folks. If everyone can donate even as little as another $25 in the next few days, we might be able to bury Hillary and Edwards right now.
THANK YOU IOWA!
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By Athena 54 minutes ago
We love you, Iowa!
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By Adrienne, Portsmouth, VA Today at 9:35 pm EST
First of all, I thank God for answering our prayers. And thank you Iowa and Senator and future 2008 President, Barack Obama!
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By Dominick from Roseboom, NY Today at 9:40 pm EST
Republicans for Barack in Cooperstown New York wish to extend their thanks to the brave men and women of Iowa who said, "Yes, we believe in hope."
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By Pakakele Today at 9:37 pm EST
THANK YOU IOWA! OUR PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED! CONGRATULATIONS SENATOR OBAMA!

Team Obama in Iowa....You did an incredible job...we are so proud of you. Thank you for all of your hard work!

I am looking forward to caucusing for Senator Obama in Hawaii next month!
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By JP - VA 4 OBAMA 39 minutes ago
Aloha and Mahalo for your support for Barack.

God Bless!
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By Sandy 27 minutes ago
DITTO
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By Cynthia Baughman Today at 9:39 pm EST
THANK YOU IOWA! Thank you voters, volunteers, staffers for your work in the sweltering heat and the freezing snow. Thank you contributors from around the country. We are dancing in our living room here in Pennsylvania, and we can't wait for the campaign to hit the ground here. We are organized, we are deep & strong, and we are all fired up and ready to go!

Thanks from Berks for Obama in rural PA. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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By MtnMom Today at 9:40 pm EST
I have been involved in the Dems for years. As my community is a retirement community, most times, I was one of the youngest and would be asked “Why don’t young people care about politics? Why don’t they participate?”. I always said that we do care yet there haven’t been candidates reflective over our values. THIS IS HISTORIC!

Thank you Obama and all my fellow Obama supporters for showing our values – that our country’s greatness lies in our diversity, our vitality, our commitment for the future through hope and hard work.

Thank you all for you hard work and for giving me reason to believe again in ‘one voice’.

With liberty and justice for all!
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By Andrew Bary Today at 9:41 pm EST
YES!!! Obama!!! Praise the Lord! (Jesus... not Obama.) Woot!
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By Dagmar Today at 9:43 pm EST
Congrats to the team on the ground. You guys rock. Let's keep it going.
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By Rob G. Today at 9:44 pm EST
The first domino has fallen!

Thank you Iowa!

Keep the momentum rolling in NH!

Congratulations to Barack, Michelle and the team on the ground in Iowa!
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By Edith from Dayton, OH Today at 9:46 pm EST
Congratulations Iowa!!!!
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By Ami from Chicago, IL Today at 9:46 pm EST
It's 2:45 am here in London & this American is awake & celebrating OBAMA!!!
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By Cathy 59 minutes ago
Oh thank you God, thank you Iowa, thank you Obama, thank you all the volunteers in Iowa. You have given all of us volunteers in California a huge boost! I can't stop crying with joy and gratitude. We are doing this!!!
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By David from Buckeye, AZ Today at 9:49 pm EST
Thank you Iowa!!! Grassroots is rearing it's beautiful head!!! YES! Real change is coming! The fight is not over, but we can do this! A little time, a little money, it all adds up. Go Obama in '08!
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By Arif from Dubuque, IA Today at 9:50 pm EST
yes yes yes yes
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By Naj Today at 9:51 pm EST
Oh yeah baby!!!! Iowa - you guys ROCK!!!! Obama '08 - Fired Up! Ready To GO!!!!!!
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By Aziz Today at 9:52 pm EST
This is it. I stood awake for it. Indeed from Boston 4 years ago.
Lets move on but first of all so many thanks Iowa and all of you.
A sleeper Aziz from Copenhagen..Denmark
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By Stephanie from Silvis, IL 60 minutes ago
Just got back from a small town in Iowa for a caucus (my boyfriend lives there) and it was pretty much 40 and under on the Obama side and a lot of elderly for Hillary. Edwards was a mix. But we had 4 delegates and Obama got 2 and the other candidates 1 a piece. I heard the same result happened in Iowa City.

Go Obama!
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By Jon from Council Bluffs, IA 34 minutes ago
It was the same way at my Caucus. Lots of elderly for Hillary, but only one young person in that group. Whereas our Obama group was mixed but it was refreshing to see some younger faces there. Made for easy talking amongst one another, along with the 30 and 40 somethings.
IOWANS THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH | Report to Admin Reply
By Theresa in Maine 57 minutes ago
IOWANS THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH

I have been screaming and jumping up and down. This is such a GREAT DAY.
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By ABear 56 minutes ago
OMG! Thank you so much Iowa! woohoo! We proved them wrong - lets see how the pundits like their humble pie! Next stop, New Hampshire. =)
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By Milli 54 minutes ago
THANK YOU, Iowa! You are AWESOME!

Congratulations, Barack and Michelle! I LOVE you!


FIRED UP! READY TO GO!!! Now let's take NH!
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By mm 52 minutes ago
THANKS IOWA!!!! THANKS OBAMA CAMPAIGN!!! AND THANKS OBAMA!!!!
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By Doe 47 minutes ago
Go Barry O!
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By T from Salina, KS 29 minutes ago
I can only say THANK YOU AGAIN to all involved in helping this cause. I LOVE EVERYONE INVOLVED. MAY ALL CELEBRATE A WELL DESERVED WIN. IOWA THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STARTING AMERICA OFF RIGHT--WHAT A HUGE VICTORY FOR US!!! For those of us in the later states I can only say, THANKS FOR ASPIRING TO BE THE HEART OF THIS MOVEMENT!! Now tomorrow it's time to take the next step. FIRED UP!! READY TO GO!!
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By William from Gainesville, FL 45 minutes ago
Way to go Barack!!!! WE all knew you could do it!! Great job to all the field staff and volunteers in Iowa who have kept the hope alive and who have showed that anything is possible. As voters began to pay attention to the race, the decision was clear: Barack is in this to WIN. He is the only candidate who can unite both sides of the aisle and advance our country in the right direction.

IM FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!!!
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By FreedomOfSpeechForObama2008 42 minutes ago
I am so happy.
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By Nathan from Centreville, VA 39 minutes ago
Its feels good to say this country is ready for change
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By Jon from Council Bluffs, IA 39 minutes ago
Its great to be an Iowan right now. Supporting the candidate that has the best chance to turn this country around.

Keep the train moving everyone! This is only the first step to bigger things.
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By LisainNYC 36 minutes ago
I love you Iowa!!

Thanky you so much, to our fantastic Iowa supporters and especially our Iowa bloggers!
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By Myown from Lincoln, NE 33 minutes ago (Updated 16 minutes ago)
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By Laurie from Minneapolis, MN 26 minutes ago
I have hope!!!! Lets keep it going!
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By Heather from Tacoma, WA 23 minutes ago
I was so happy I was jumping up and down in my living room! I got the OBAMA FEVER! Let's Go!
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By Susan in Denver 15 minutes ago
WOOHOO!!! Thank you Iowa!!!
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By Roxanne from Bowie 10 minutes ago
Thank you Iowa! You shown why Iowa is important! You came out without fear and with commitment.

I am so happy, in tears, this is a great day for America.

GO OBAMA, GO IOWANS, GO EVERYONE

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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By MTT Today at 9:28 pm EST
Hurrrahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Chris Matthews is about to have a heart attack - he gets it.

Yea! YEA! YEA! | Report to Admin Reply
By heartofohio Today at 9:28 pm EST
Yes, Barack, we all believed!!!!!!! Way to go Iowa!!!!!

Change | Report to Admin Reply
By Strong Heart Today at 9:28 pm EST
WE Believe!!!

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By Wagne from San Francisco, CA Today at 9:37 pm EST
Congrat to everyone
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By DesertFox Today at 9:48 pm EST
Strong Heart is still with us! We, the senior supporters are still here! :-)
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By Foreigner 48 minutes ago
YES INDEED, WE BELIEVE!
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By Edmund Dantes 38 minutes ago
Change is already being felt around the world.

I can't believe Edwards is using the "Change" wording to his advantage in his concession speech!

AMAZING!
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By Helen 30 minutes ago
They can all use the word change but only Obama makes us believe its possible. HRC is now in 3rd place. Hooray Obama and IOWA.
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By shawnmarie 29 minutes ago
YES WE Beleive!! And we will keep believing ALL the way! Thank you again and again so much IOWA!!
I'm so happy and proud, tears of of pure JOY!!
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By Dawn 20 minutes ago
Congratulations, Strong Heart! You're one of the front line trooper that deserve so much credit for keeping folks like me in line.
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By Strong Heart 3 minutes ago
There would be no line if not for folks like you…

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By The Wise One Today at 9:29 pm EST
Oh Dear God,

Let the results remain the same with Obama in the lead. Folks we are almost there and I'll keep my hopes alive!
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By The Wise One Today at 9:31 pm EST
Obama is going to win it. Oh my God. We are so close. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH Thank God.

OBAMA '08!! | Report to Admin Reply
By LM Mitchell Today at 9:29 pm EST
Thank you Iowa!! Thank you for sending a solid message that we as Americans need CHANGE! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!

OBAMA '08!!
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By Sandra from San Jose, CA Today at 9:37 pm EST
I'm ready to get on that train, that leaves at Midnight. I will see you in all in the golden state on Super Tuesday.

Thanks to everyone who has put so much and time effort into this campaign you all are so beautiful.

Fired Up and Ready to Go...
Obama 08

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By Tom from Eastlake, OH Today at 9:30 pm EST
Congratulations! I also have good news, I am the #2 delegate out of 3 from Ohio's 14th Congressional District! WOO HOO!
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By waterprise2 Today at 9:35 pm EST
Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
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By The Wise One Today at 9:35 pm EST
YYYYYEEEEESSSS I'm sure we've WON. WOAHHHH! Help I'm having a heart attack if the results remain the same. Marty nurse please send me some medication to stay alive and see Obama as POTUS.
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By Terri 50 minutes ago
You GO Tom !! Congratulations !!!

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By Gregory from New York, NY Today at 9:31 pm EST
Thank you Iowa. Finally someone and something I believe in is getting a chance. Now, it's on to New Hampshire!!

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By hollywaz Today at 9:31 pm EST
well done guys . we are screaming off our heads in london. well done we believe in the new america

fired up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


well done iowa
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By Naj 58 minutes ago
Oh Lord!!! Thank you God! Thank you London please spread the word - there is a New America on the horizon - we are CHANGING - Obama '08!!!

He Is The One! | Report to Admin Reply
By Jennifer from Savannah, GA Today at 9:31 pm EST
Praise the Lord!!!!!!
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By eagleforlife 28 minutes ago
HALLELUJAH!

Fired up!!! Ready to Go!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Michael Today at 9:31 pm EST
Here's to Iowa...next up New Hampshire!!!

History starts now! | Report to Admin Reply
By IndieGirl Today at 9:32 pm EST
My day is made. The tension headache was worth it. :)

"What kind of world do you want?
Think Anything
Let's start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now... " - Five for Fighting

This was the theme of my Flickr upload today. :)
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By P.Licavoli Today at 9:32 pm EST
ITs 36 - 30 - 30 right now thats HUGE!

AWESOME JOB EVERYONE!

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By Ann in Tenn. Today at 9:32 pm EST
Thank you, IOWA!!!!! I have chills as I watch this happening.

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By Ryan Today at 9:32 pm EST
I AM SO EXCITED!!! I was just at the kickoff celebration for Hampton Roads, VA for Barack and we had a great turnout with the news coming to report on it as well. Things are looking great here and it is only going to get better!!

FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!!!

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By mscholl Today at 9:32 pm EST
Congratulations Obama Nation!!!

This is only the first step!!! Celebrate tonight. Tomorrow we get back to work!!!
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By RevD n MD Today at 9:37 pm EST
This is amazing!!!!
CNN has called it for Obama, too; amazingly enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Iowa!!! What a night!!
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By Ms_CongenialityHI Today at 9:38 pm EST
Aloha! Checking in from NOLA, this is by far better news than the Sugar Bowl, LOL! Waiting for the airport shuttle and will be back to hit the ground running at the next HI meeting at Kawananakoa Middle School!

HRC - What am I missing | Report to Admin Reply
By JP - VA 4 OBAMA Today at 9:32 pm EST
Why does the MSM keep saying IA was a hard state for Hillary? She was leading until a couple of months ago, what am I missing?
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By lvampa Today at 9:33 pm EST
Don't worry, they'll be saying it was a hard RACE for her when she drops out!
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By waterprise2 Today at 9:36 pm EST
That's HER spin...excuses, excuses, excuses....
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By Jason Today at 9:38 pm EST
They are going to be spinning it that way all the way until Tuesday, but we'll have to see if it works. It is annoying I agree, but there argument of the race being so close is starting to run out as it appears we are up by 6% now.

This is great! 6% is about what I expected, but it would be FANTASTIC if we could get up to around 8-10%.
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By bluecat 31 minutes ago
Don't worry, the bounce in NH, will be awsome.

Hat's off to our new Democratic Nominee, tomorrow I walk and talk, the weather is supposed to be great. My husband caught his sisters cold, so bundle up ya'll.

Barack the House ya'll.
Barack Obama 08, the change America needs now!
Thank you so much for braving the weather and talking to people in all the sleet and heat, Iowa.

History is being made and the great state of Iowa, has announced our new nominee. Let's take it to the rim in NH too.

Congradulations Barack and Michelle, flawless, simply flawless.

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By Michelle From Cincy Today at 9:33 pm EST
Hallelujah!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations Obama! Good job and congratulations Iowa supporters and volunteers!!
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By mm Today at 9:34 pm EST
!!! WOWW!!!!! its been one heck of a year!!!

Senator Barack Obama : 36.11%
Senator John Edwards : 30.57%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 30.34%
Governor Bill Richardson : 1.89%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.96%
Uncommitted : 0.10%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.03%
Precincts Reporting: 1401 of 1781
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By VA for Barack Today at 9:34 pm EST
Yahoo.

Congratulation Barack and great team.

Thank you IOWA.

Fired up. Ready to go.

NH lets go change the world.
CHANGE IS REAL! | Report to Admin Reply
By Edmund Dantes Today at 9:40 pm EST
Can you feel the world now changing on it's axis, the planets are re-aligning themselves as we blog!!!

Congratulations!!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Sandy Today at 9:33 pm EST
It is truly exciting to see this positive response to Barack's vision of hope and change in Iowa!!
Way to go to all the volunteers and donors for working so hard.

YESSSSSS! | Report to Admin Reply
By meta Today at 9:33 pm EST
THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW WINS!

I love you, Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations! | Report to Admin Reply
By Mo Today at 9:33 pm EST
This is a great day! Keep going Obama!

WE CAN DO IT | Report to Admin Reply
By KYLE DAVIS Today at 9:33 pm EST
LETS GO BABIE WE CAN DO IT IM BLACK AND THIS IS GREAT DAY THANKS TO IA
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By Ben Vos 38 minutes ago
It's a great day for people of all colors, but I'm so glad that Obama has proved to all of us that character is more important than color!

WOW | Report to Admin Reply
By Jim Today at 9:33 pm EST
WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! !

Yeah | Report to Admin Reply
By Ansu Today at 9:34 pm EST
We did it.......

thank you | Report to Admin Reply
By Julia Today at 9:34 pm EST
THANK YOU IOWA.

THANK YOU.

I AM CRYING TEARS OF JOY.
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By Nathan Today at 9:36 pm EST
THANK YOU IOWA!

Democracy is alive and well | Report to Admin Reply
By Todd.B. (office of citizen) Today at 9:34 pm EST
1 down, 49 to go!! To my friends in Iowa. Thank you for keeping Democracy alive and well, and for taking the first step in allowing American citizens to take back their government. To Barack Obama, I can't wait until I am able to cast my vote for you as president!

FIRED UP!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Redsoxnation Today at 9:34 pm EST
AMAZING!!!!!!!!

I've had 4 glasses of wine in celebration.

Up by 6% now!

Laura | Report to Admin Reply
By Stephanie Today at 9:34 pm EST
Laura just sent me another text and said the first timers are why we are winning. She had 12! We owe Laura a huge THANK YOU!!!!
Re: Laura | Report to Admin Reply
By Naj 42 minutes ago
Thank you Laura!!!! God Bless you!!! Obama '08.
Re: Laura | Report to Admin Reply
By Ben Vos 32 minutes ago
Stephanie, thanks so much for that update. This is incredible!!!
Re: Laura | Report to Admin Reply
By shawnmarie 25 minutes ago
Thank you Laura and we love you dearly for all you have done!

Great Day | Report to Admin Reply
By Chance from Valparaiso, IN Today at 9:35 pm EST
Biggest and best political news in over 30 years!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: Great Day | Report to Admin Reply
By meta Today at 9:41 pm EST
This is a whole new world for everyone!!

YEAH!!!!!! FIRED UP!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Alexander from New Orleans, LA Today at 9:35 pm EST
WE DiD it! FIRED UP! READY TO GO!!

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE. !!!! YES!
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By Chauncey Today at 9:37 pm EST
YES I"M IN FLORIDA I CANT wait to JAN 29th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

GO OBAMA 08,12

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By meta Today at 9:36 pm EST
Chris Matthews is slamming on HRC!
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By Grant Today at 9:38 pm EST
YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! !!!!


OBAMA 08!!!
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By Sam Today at 9:51 pm EST
Oh man, I wish I got MSNBC. Big Congrats to Barack and Michele Obama, but the BIGGEST winners are us, the American people! Thank you Iowa volunteers and caucus-goers! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now, how many days til the NH primary? Let's get moving volunteers and Sen Obama...we've got a Democratic primary to win!!!!!

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By The Wise One Today at 9:39 pm EST
WE'VE WON WOOOAAAAHHHHH!!!! Thank you IOWA.

Thanks Iowa!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Tennille Today at 9:36 pm EST
Thanks Iowa for showing up and representing us all. Thank you from NYC!

THANK YOU IOWA! ! WHOOO!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Eve W. Today at 9:36 pm EST
You guys are the BEST! WHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
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By TheBlackKnight aka Isaac Today at 9:41 pm EST
Thank you Iowa
Thank you volunteers
Thank you bloggers

We Won.
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By bluecat 13 minutes ago
Thank You Jesus, for answering our prayer for our new leader of the UNITED STATES Barack Obama!

America thanks you for your mercy and guidance on this campaign. On to the White House now Lord, thank you.

Amen.

Oxford | Report to Admin Reply
By Heather from New York, NY Today at 9:36 pm EST
Oxford, England is fired up and ready to GO!!!

CAP-TASTIC! | Report to Admin Reply
By Nocore Today at 9:36 pm EST
OBAMA WINS!
OBAMA WINS!
OBAMA WINS!
OBAMA WINS!

SO! FIRED! UP!

YES! YES! YES!

History was made tonight.

SO! FIRED! UP!
THE SHOT THAT WILL CHANGE AMERICA | Report to Admin Reply
By Chauncey Today at 9:38 pm EST
THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Chris from Palm Harbor, FL Today at 9:39 pm EST
THIS IS HISTORY!!!!!



PEACE AND LOVE!!!!!

OBAMA 08
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By Nocore Today at 9:44 pm EST
"It's been a long, a long time comin', but I know... a CHANGE is gonna come... oh, yes it will..."

Can you feel it? Can you sense it?!? | Report to Admin Reply
By Deborah from Gold Country Today at 9:37 pm EST
Our country is about to change - - for the better!!

God bless Senator Obama and his family.

God bless Iowa. God bless America.
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By RevD n MD Today at 9:40 pm EST
Amen and Amen! This is so amazing!! I think I'm going to cry, but boy, this feels good!!

darn. | Report to Admin Reply
By Hollie Today at 9:37 pm EST
Boy am I regretting my decision not to get cable...
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By Junior Today at 9:39 pm EST
Joe Trippi is spinning the results now we need to get out in front and shape the story. Wooooooooooooooooooo! Thank you Iowa!!! Fired up and ready to go!!
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By JP - VA 4 OBAMA Today at 9:40 pm EST
you can see the live stream from msnbc
go to msnbc.com

HECK YES!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Jacob Kelly Today at 9:37 pm EST
I knew we could! Great work guys, let's keep the love and the support flowing. For all of us states yet to have our turn. LET'S DO IT!
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By Redsoxnation Today at 9:38 pm EST
Up to 37%!!!!!

Give God the Glory!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Rosalind Today at 9:37 pm EST
Thank you God for letting Obama prevail, we give you all the glory Amen!!!! On our way to NH!!!

Please continue to give donations we want to make additonal headline for our Candidate and to be the Next President of the United States.

All the Way to the White House!!!
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By Peanuts 38 minutes ago
Yes Give God the Glory!!!!

I am so happy Thank you Iowa!!!! Thank you Obama team...Thank you Barack Obama...On to NH!!!!

WHAT A WIN! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ilya Today at 9:38 pm EST
We didn't just win, Obama is leading others by over 6%

Thanks Volunteers | Report to Admin Reply
By Wendy V Today at 9:38 pm EST
Thanks Iowa voters and thanks to all of the volunteers who worked so hard for Barack, change and hope.
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By Mark Webb Today at 9:41 pm EST
I am SOOOO pleased to see these results. My appreciation to all those throughout Iowa, and our great country, who served this outstanding campaign selflessly. Fired up, ready to go!
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By VA for Barack Today at 9:41 pm EST
what a great win 7% so far. and it will grow as the night goes.

I'm really hoping for 3rd for HRC | Report to Admin Reply
By Donna - NH Today at 9:38 pm EST
I'm really hoping Hillary comes in third. That will send a really strong message that she is indeed UNELECTABLE. Love you all!

Hip hip hooray!
Hip hip hooray!

Cheers! Clink, clink.

WOO | Report to Admin Reply
By Josh Today at 9:38 pm EST
Obama 08! I'm so pumped!

Peace,

JM

People Get Ready | Report to Admin Reply
By Lyn MD Today at 9:38 pm EST
People Get Ready there is a train coming.....

don't need a ticket just get on board

Obama 08
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By Donna - NH Today at 9:40 pm EST
I'm on board the Obama express heading to NH. Chugga, chugga, woo, woo!

yes! | Report to Admin Reply
By IndieGirl Today at 9:38 pm EST
Obama now has 37%! :D Rock on!
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By Banko Today at 9:40 pm EST
Thank You JESUS
Re: yes! | Report to Admin Reply
By Cheeto from San Antonio Today at 9:41 pm EST
Wow. I hope that lead keeps growing.

Woo Hoo | Report to Admin Reply
By Wendy from San Francisco, CA Today at 9:38 pm EST
Thank you so much for turning out! I am so proud of all of you. Thanks Iowa!!!!!!

A new day! | Report to Admin Reply
By Melissa Today at 9:39 pm EST
Thank you Iowa and all who have worked so hard to campaign for Obama.

I am so excited!!!!!

FIRED UP!! | Report to Admin Reply
By A Believer Today at 9:39 pm EST
WE DID IT!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!

FIRED UP!!!

Obama wins | Report to Admin Reply
By Nuriddeen Today at 9:39 pm EST
Go Obama. We beklieved in you and we knew you could do it. Can't wait till we get our chance to vote in NY. Congratulations!

John's done | Report to Admin Reply
By Greg Today at 9:39 pm EST
I'm the Edward's supporter here.

One thing


NO ONE should call this a muddled result......or razor slim

You guys have a very SOLID win

I realize my guy is done

Be kind

I'll be voting for Barack in Jersey on 2/5
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By waterprise2 Today at 9:40 pm EST
Thank you Greg...We really welcome you to our family!!
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By Donna - NH Today at 9:42 pm EST
Greg. Thank you! from the bottom of my heart. Cheers.
Re: John's done | Report to Admin Reply
By Helen Today at 9:45 pm EST
You are a gentlemen and welcome to Obama 08
Re: John's done | Report to Admin Reply
By Sam 52 minutes ago
Welcome! We're just getting started. Glad to have you on board!
Re: John's done | Report to Admin Reply
By JP - VA 4 OBAMA Today at 9:41 pm EST
Thank you! We will appreciate your support in February.
Re: John's done | Report to Admin Reply
By RevD n MD Today at 9:43 pm EST
Welcome, Greg. I'm on the phone with an Edwards supporter in VA, too - we'll welcome both of you! We all have a chance here to be a part of something amazing and historic.
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By meta Today at 9:48 pm EST
Greg, you are welcome here. Sorry for your disappointment, but we're happy to have your support. Join us!
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By JP - VA 4 OBAMA Today at 9:49 pm EST
Greg we would love for you to join our grassroots campaign in NJ. We need all of NJ on the Obama team and you can help.

You can go to the action center from the home page, or here is the link.

Link
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By Cathy 51 minutes ago
Greg,
Thank you and welcome to the family! Also thank you for hanging around to converse with us so long.
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By Ben Vos 31 minutes ago
John Edwards is not done. His work will continue and THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE.

I greatly appreciate his courageous stand to speak for those who lack a voice. I hope we can continue to serve the needs of those (like you) who have been drawn to John Edwards' message.
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By Mike 23 minutes ago
Greg... you have nothing but class!
welcome!

Roll Call to Thank Volunteers!! | Report to Admin Reply
By waterprise2 Today at 9:39 pm EST
Michigan--Detroit! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By stan 4 change Today at 9:45 pm EST
I cannot remember the last time I was this excited about anything political before, thank you IOWA, thank you volunteers, thank you SEN. OBAMA. I'm a believer !
fired up and ready to go!!!!
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By TJ 56 minutes ago
Detroit, Michigan here too!!! My new favorite state might just be IOWA...

FIRED UP, READY TO GO
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By Rob 29 minutes ago
BALTIMORE MD. THANX YOU

Barack Obama, Baby! | Report to Admin Reply
By Dawn Today at 9:39 pm EST
Man, this feels so damn good!!!! I'm going outside with my neighbors to party on the street! Congratulations, everybody!

Woohoo | Report to Admin Reply
By Dylan from Laguna Niguel, CA Today at 9:39 pm EST
yessssss
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By Robin Today at 9:41 pm EST
This is so awesome - he just keeps on getting stronger!

7 points ahead right now!

WOOT WOOT | Report to Admin Reply
By Bronson from Norcross, GA Today at 9:40 pm EST
Way to go IOWA....Massachusetts here we come!

Lets all sing along | Report to Admin Reply
By Julia Today at 9:40 pm EST
Get back in the Holiday spirit!

Link

FIRED UP

Now at 37%!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Valerie from Fairmont, WV Today at 9:40 pm EST
THANK YOU, IOWA! This country is ready for change, and you just proved it!!!! Great job!!!

Proud Democrat "Congratulations!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Margaret & Mike from Visalia, CA Today at 9:40 pm EST
Hello Barack,
I am so proud to say that I have been your supporter and blogger, AND WILL CONTINUE. Congratulations!!!
I wish I could have been there!
PROUD, PROUD, PROUD!!!

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By Gary from Little Elm, TX Today at 9:40 pm EST
Way to go!!!! I'm so excited about this! Thank you, Iowa!! Barack in '08!!

AMAZING GRACE | Report to Admin Reply
By Henry from Greensboro, NC Today at 9:40 pm EST
Thank you Iowa
Am crying
Am shaking
But thank you
We love you
You have shown the way
You have lit the touch
There is a way

Yes! | Report to Admin Reply
By Audra from Astoria, NY Today at 9:41 pm EST
It's so wonderful to see grassroots movements and movements coming from the people actually working! Obama restores my faith in our ability to create change and knock down the Washington status quo!

49 more to go...

Can't wait for Feb 5th, and my chance to stand up for Obama!

We Win!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By SHAH Today at 9:41 pm EST
ON TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By John Today at 9:41 pm EST
One down!!!

I LOVE YOU IOWA! | Report to Admin Reply
By Terri Today at 9:41 pm EST
I LOVE YOU BARACK!!!!

I LOVE YOU ALL !!!!!!


Big talk is turnout! The volunteers and staff did such a magnificent job!

Now on to NH and the rest of the country!

WOW! | Report to Admin Reply
By Adam from Minneapolis, MN Today at 9:41 pm EST
I am getting chills! Thanks to everyone for all of their hard work. WE did it!

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS | Report to Admin Reply
By Anne Today at 9:41 pm EST
BARACK I LOVE YOU! IOWA I THANK YOU!
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow...
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY YYYYYYY!!!

Hip Hip Hooray!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Atticus Today at 9:42 pm EST
Yeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Hawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!


WE DID IT!!!

Pay Attention | Report to Admin Reply
By Laurianne from Diamondhead, MS Today at 9:42 pm EST
I hope the next primary states pay attention to the huge difference that the IND vote made in Iowa. They went overwhelmingly for Obama. People need to sit up and take notice of which DEM candidate can draw the IND vote and swing voters!! This man can do it - Congrats!!
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By RevD n MD Today at 9:47 pm EST
Great point, Laurianne! Bll Schneider on CNN was making a similar point on the air a couple minutes ago - he was saying that their polling shows HRC did very poorly with IND voters, and NH primary voters are usually up to 40% of the total! That bodes very poorly for her. Barack can go all the way, friends!

Hope | Report to Admin Reply
By Unknown user Today at 9:42 pm EST
we have the momentum! Clinton's husband may be from hope but we represent hope!!

we will we will rock you | Report to Admin Reply
By Ellyn from Bainbridge Island, WA Today at 9:43 pm EST
if i could physically do back flips i would. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE. Im soooooo flipping stinking happy. HISTORY is being made in iowa. Lets also take note that iowa is 95% white state...that is history being made. My 73 yr old mother in law is from iowa city and she is pretty happy right now. she was on the fence but i see her coming around.

*miracle* | Report to Admin Reply
By Lisa Barker Today at 9:43 pm EST
This is only the beginning... he'll need our help and support in the coming weeks. We have to keep up our phone-banking and door-to-door efforts!
When Obama is elected president, it will be a defining moment in our history.
Glad to be a part of this group of thoughtful, energetic people.

winning train | Report to Admin Reply
By Kalu from Randolph, MA Today at 9:43 pm EST
join the winning train before it leaves the station.history have been made. thank you iowa.

we will we will rock you | Report to Admin Reply
By Ellyn from Bainbridge Island, WA Today at 9:43 pm EST
if i could physically do back flips i would. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE. Im soooooo flipping stinking happy. HISTORY is being made in iowa. Lets also take note that iowa is 95% white state...that is history being made. My 73 yr old mother in law is from iowa city and she is pretty happy right now. she was on the fence but i see her coming around.

we will we will rock you | Report to Admin Reply
By Ellyn from Bainbridge Island, WA Today at 9:43 pm EST
if i could physically do back flips i would. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE. Im soooooo flipping stinking happy. HISTORY is being made in iowa. Lets also take note that iowa is 95% white state...that is history being made. My 73 yr old mother in law is from iowa city and she is pretty happy right now. she was on the fence but i see her coming around.

OH YES! | Report to Admin Reply
By Marie Today at 9:43 pm EST
Someone drag me from my death bed if necessary this Saturday to make it to SC GOTV classes! Oh yes...happy dance! Thank you IOWA!

we will we will rock you | Report to Admin Reply
By Ellyn from Bainbridge Island, WA Today at 9:43 pm EST
if i could physically do back flips i would. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE. Im soooooo flipping stinking happy. HISTORY is being made in iowa. Lets also take note that iowa is 95% white state...that is history being made. My 73 yr old mother in law is from iowa city and she is pretty happy right now. she was on the fence but i see her coming around.

Thanks | Report to Admin Reply
By Peter from Greenwood, IN Today at 9:43 pm EST
Thanks Iowa. Now on to NH!

Victory! | Report to Admin Reply
By Rev. Chuck Currie Today at 9:44 pm EST
Great job Iowa!

- Rev. Chuck Currie
www.chuckcurrie.com

just the beginning | Report to Admin Reply
By Chris Wants a Real President Today at 9:44 pm EST
this is fantastic, but I'm looking forward to the next few so we can have momentum going into Super Tuesday and the big states (Ca) where Hillary looks very strong. Momentum!!!!
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By Stevo Today at 9:48 pm EST
Iowa, thank you!
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By Ann 51 minutes ago
I'm from rural CA, my county is 85% Rep. but helping in Nevada and then CA will help direct the movement. I'll be in Reno, Nevada!
Fired Up and Ready to Go! Congrats to Iowa and of course, Barack Obama and Michelle!

Thank you Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By atanarjuat Today at 9:45 pm EST
To the Iowans who validated all of our hopes: THANK YOU!

I am so so happy!
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By Desert Rat Dan Today at 9:47 pm EST
Senator Barack Obama : 36.86%
Senator John Edwards : 30.15%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.87%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.07%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.91%
Uncommitted : 0.10%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.03%
Precincts Reporting: 1562 of 1781

(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)

speech..speech...speech... | Report to Admin Reply
By HeatherHanson Today at 9:45 pm EST
Thank you all you wonderful people in Iowa!!! You are amazing!!!! Do we get to hear from the candidate???

I Believe | Report to Admin Reply
By Eboni Today at 9:45 pm EST
Sleep well Iowa! Thank you!

NH get ready 4 change | Report to Admin Reply
By The Wise One Today at 9:45 pm EST
New Hampshire is NEXT! Here we come. Oh my God thank you Lord for America.

Thank you America, thank you IOWA. WOOOAAAHHHH. Fired up and ready to GO!

Snapshot at 9:45 PM Eastern | Report to Admin Reply
By Almak Today at 9:46 pm EST
Senator Barack Obama : 36.82%
Senator John Edwards : 30.15%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.90%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.08%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.92%
Uncommitted : 0.10%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.03%
Precincts Reporting: 1553 of 1781

(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)
Thank you IOWA! Now off to North East ...we will make you proud !!!!

FIRED UP !

READY TO GO !
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By Jayne Today at 9:48 pm EST
OK - I just had to leave my bedroom and tv to come into the office and my computer just long enough to say two things:

1) thank you to all the Iowa volunteers for all your hard work - we love you very much!

2) YIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

YEEE-HAWWW! | Report to Admin Reply
By teachearth Today at 9:46 pm EST
I said it to you when you came to Austin, and I'll say it again when we are on the steps of the White House:

AMERICA'S BACK!!!



Thanks Obama!
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By Alyce Rocco Today at 9:48 pm EST
I second that emotion.

Yahoo! | Report to Admin Reply
By Alyce Rocco Today at 9:47 pm EST
Thanks to all the work you did to garner support for Obama in Iowa. Thanks also to all those in Iowa that forgot about the bitter cold and went out to support Obama.

49 states to go, but heartwarming to see Obama's vision of we, the people as being majority "decent", being shown on the numbers.
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By Julie in Boise Today at 9:52 pm EST
I went to Iowa four years ago as part of Dean's Perfect Storm. I decided to stay home this year so as not to jinx my 08 pick. :)

This is SUCH great news. As Rachel Maddow said a while ago, it's a historic night for America. I am so proud of what all of you did in Iowa. And here in Idaho - where Obama has by far the most mojo - we can't WAIT to help him sew it up on February 5.

When you believe | Report to Admin Reply
By Peter from Switzerland Today at 9:47 pm EST
When you believe

Link

Enjoy!

speech | Report to Admin Reply
By MarkkraM Today at 9:47 pm EST
Speech time??
I hope someone let's us know so we catch this live speech, as if we could not get it on youtube or barackobama tv.
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By Ron Today at 9:49 pm EST
CNN has called it...but what's with the picture they have of Obama on their website, they could have found a better one!!!
Re: speech | Report to Admin Reply
By meta Today at 9:51 pm EST
We want Barack!

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By Tania from Ossining, NY Today at 9:48 pm EST
This is wonderful!!! I can't believe this came so fast and we did prevail!!! Yes!!! I can't wait for the rest of the primaries, if this win represents what is going to happen in the future, I am very excited!!!

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By Chris from Oak Park, IL Today at 9:48 pm EST
I just put my two and a half year old daughter to sleep telling her that she might, just might, grow up with a President she can be proud of.

This is the best news I've heard in, well, years. Congratulations to everyone there, and of course to Mr. Obama.

WE KICKED TAIL!!!!!!!!!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By FedUpFireHorse Today at 9:48 pm EST
WHOOOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO O!!!!!

Obama won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEW HAMPSHIRE IS NEXT IF WE KEEP OUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

Time for Change | Report to Admin Reply
By JPower Today at 9:49 pm EST
Way to go Iowa! I am impressed with the internal organization and structure of the Obama campaign. I looks powerful and successful from the outside looking in. I hope this continues throughout the nation. Perception is reality. Running this well could be a powerful weapon in our campaign. CONGRATS!
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By JP - VA 4 OBAMA 58 minutes ago
That internal structure is us. All of us can volunteer in our state or nearby state and canvass. If you can't do that then one can phonebank from home. This is everyone campaign and Barack is our organizer.

Wohoo! | Report to Admin Reply
By Elise Today at 9:49 pm EST
I'm so excited. Thanks to everyone in Iowa who went out to the caucuses. I know it's Barack's win, but in a lot of ways it feels like a group win because so many people banding together in support to make this happen.

Iowa you did it! | Report to Admin Reply
By jlamm3 Today at 9:49 pm EST
Thanks Iowa...you've proved that real change can happen...State by State. Go Barack in 2008!!

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME | Report to Admin Reply
By Nocore Today at 9:49 pm EST
Link

WOO-HOO! | Report to Admin Reply
By Amalia Today at 9:49 pm EST
I couldn't be happier...

FIRED UP! READY TO GO! | Report to Admin Reply
By Julia Today at 9:49 pm EST
who wants to join me in popping this champagne?
Re: FIRED UP! READY TO GO! | Report to Admin Reply
By FedUpFireHorse Today at 9:51 pm EST
Belgian beer for me, but I'm toasting!!!
Re: FIRED UP! READY TO GO! | Report to Admin Reply
By Damon 57 minutes ago
I would! This is BETTER than Christmas.

1 down. 49 to go!

I am as HYPED as ever! I pledge to raise $1000 for the Barack Obama campaign this winter!

BARACK THE VOTE JAN 6!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ben Vos Today at 9:49 pm EST
THANK YOU, IOWA!!!!!!

Tell everyone that something good is coming January 6th in Nashville - it's completely grassroots but we're having an event at Exit/In on Elliston Place, just north of the Vanderbilt campus.

We are so excited to tell Tennessee about our candidate - he is ready to change the world and so are we!!!

Way to GO, Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Thomas Today at 9:49 pm EST
Iowa has spoken and Barack wins -- and with authority. His message -- equal parts optimism and pragmatism -- will now lead him to sucesses in the primaries and beyond. Go Obama!!!

WOW | Report to Admin Reply
By Bruce Today at 9:50 pm EST
Keep in mind that it appears Barack will win by about (or at least) 6% points. But don't let anyone tell you it was even close. That's more than 20% more votes than either Clinton or Edwards in actual numbers, folks. Amazing! Thank you grassroots!!

Live FREE FOR BARACK!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By yoTom Today at 9:50 pm EST
We are pumped up here in NH..this is the first time in my wife's life she has watched an election and we will both be at the Portsmouth office tomorrow to help out!!

be ready for tons of Soccer Moms going to Obama!
Re: Live FREE FOR BARACK!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Arif from Dubuque, IA 60 minutes ago
obama obama obama obama hoooooahhhhhhhhh

THIS IS HISTORIC on SO many levels | Report to Admin Reply
By Ellyn from Bainbridge Island, WA Today at 9:50 pm EST
im soooooooooo proud right now. Thank you IOWA for seeing what so many of us see in our Guy. He has this and he WILL see his name on the ticket in November. So much for She who shall not be named ya'll (((((-:
Re: THIS IS HISTORIC on SO many levels | Report to Admin Reply
By Ann 45 minutes ago
My daughter called me from West Seattle the moment she heard. We were in Sea for the holidays and she couldn't get over her Mom, basically apolitical, with such enthusiasm for this man. She is for the democratic candidate and now sees the power. Go Obama!

way to go Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Rob H Today at 9:50 pm EST
Yesss!!

I still remember Hillary's snide "They're attacking me because I'm ahead."

It was not inevitable, Hillary.

Rather, Iowans voted for the most eloquent and sincere political voice to come out of the United States in 40 years.

Now it's on to New Hampshire.

(Rob H from California)

cnn | Report to Admin Reply
By hollywaz Today at 9:50 pm EST
thanks to all the volunteers in iowa. thans for sending a message to the clinton news network.

wolf blitzer who had the last laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!

History is made - and by a commanding lead | Report to Admin Reply
By Athena Today at 9:50 pm EST
A black candidate "with a funny name" wins in a state that is 95 percent white.

This will be in the front page of newspapers around the world.

America, stand proud. We have chosen wisely, already increased our standing in the world, and shown the best in us.

It's from Iowa to the White House

War in Iraq
Economy
Health Care

CNN's Bill Schneider says that Our Candidate won on all of these fronts.
Obama also won 41 percent of the independent vote, by far more than Clinton.

The pundits: people chose change over experience.
Re: History is made - and by a commanding lead | Report to Admin Reply
By Goldie Taylor 29 minutes ago
I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE WHOLE WORLD REACT TO THIS TOMORROW. CHANGE IS COMING, AMERICA!

Not only a win... | Report to Admin Reply
By Jonathan Pron Today at 9:50 pm EST
Not only did Barack win Iowa, but one pundit on CNN made a comment that HRC was very few people's second choice. That's a great second line of all those articles nationwide tomorrow that will have Obama Wins as a headline :) Great job, everyone in Iowa... great momentum to New Hampshire!!
Re: Not only a win... | Report to Admin Reply
By Athena 60 minutes ago
David Axelrod on MSNBC NOW!!

Obama | Report to Admin Reply
By Bryan Today at 9:51 pm EST
Hell Yea Obama important start but we must keep on this track. How about Clinton coming in third wow

WE DID IT " CHANGE " WE ARE FIRED UP AND READY FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE | Report to Admin Reply
By The believer Today at 9:51 pm EST
CONGRATULATION MR. BARACK OBAMA

Go, man, go! | Report to Admin Reply
By L from Knoxville, TN Today at 9:52 pm EST
This, in a nutshell, ROCKS!!!! GO OBI-WAN!

Whoa, what a Win IOWA! | Report to Admin Reply
By bluecat 60 minutes ago
Obama 08, ain't it great!
No more Drama, Vote for Obama!

The Dream | Report to Admin Reply
By Tyharri 60 minutes ago
The Dream is no longer deferred! Congratulations Barack and Michelle. Your tenacity and persistence paid off. I am deeply moved by your sacrifice and commitment to change this country. Your team did an extraordinary job during this initial part of the campaign. I look forward to a national sweep!


Fired Up and Ready to Go!

Tyharri

First Iowa, Next Georgia | Report to Admin Reply
By Scott 60 minutes ago
Former Iowan living in Atlanta. I can't wait for February 5th. Let's Go Barack, Let's go America. It's time for change!

I am so proud... | Report to Admin Reply
By Vermonter 60 minutes ago
I am so proud to be part of this campaign today...

The Real Thing | Report to Admin Reply
By BabyBoomer 59 minutes ago
It good to see that finally there is someone that
compels the the first timers and youth of this country to value their vote and our system.
It feels good to have someone to stand up for again.
Listen.....can't you hear the drumming.....
Stand-Up!
Re: The Real Thing | Report to Admin Reply
By RevD n MD 55 minutes ago
Yup, the drums are playing a new song!!
Fired up! Ready to go!
THANK YOU SO MUCH< IOWA!!!
Re: The Real Thing | Report to Admin Reply
By RevD n MD 55 minutes ago
Yup, the drums are playing a new song!!
Fired up! Ready to go!
THANK YOU SO MUCH< IOWA!!!
Re: The Real Thing | Report to Admin Reply
By RevD n MD 54 minutes ago
Yup, the drums are playing a new song!!
Fired up! Ready to go!
THANK YOU SO MUCH< IOWA!!!

From a supporter in California | Report to Admin Reply
By Susan from Los Angeles, CA 59 minutes ago
Thank you, Iowa. You've proved that all the horrible racist comments that were made about Barack Obama's ability to win were false. Thanks for giving those in the rest of the states an opportunity to try to change the focus of the discussion in the United States. We salute you and are so grateful.
Re: From a supporter in California | Report to Admin Reply
By Desert Rat Dan 58 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.05%
Senator John Edwards : 30.09%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.68%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.14%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.91%
Uncommitted : 0.11%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.03%
Precincts Reporting: 1615 of 1781

(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)
Just came from Caucusing for Barack | Report to Admin Reply
By Dan 43 minutes ago
I just came from the caucus center, first time for me. I had my 9 year old for future experience. We had 169 participants in our event in the area middle school. 66 of us stood for Barack while 52 for Edwards, and the serious looking Hillary group was 51. At times it looked like a tag of war. Some of us crossed the line to persuade the smaller groups of Richardson and Biden people. All of us in the three main groups took our share. Finally they did the math, and though we were ahead with 66 head counts we stayed at 2 delegates. So did Edwards and H. Precisely we would be more than 2 delegates but the mathematical formula would be 2 point something and both Edwards and H would be 1 point something... So they rounded it up and gave each 2 delegate numbers. My other friend I encouraged to go helped Barack win their Caucus precinct. Good news from our little world guys. Again those of you who inspired us with your consistent positive messages, but live in distant places from Iowa, cheer up. We are winning this thing.
Just came from Caucusing for Barack | Report to Admin Reply
By Dan 43 minutes ago
I just came from the caucus center, first time for me. I had my 9 year old for future experience. We had 169 participants in our event in the area middle school. 66 of us stood for Barack while 52 for Edwards, and the serious looking Hillary group was 51. At times it looked like a tag of war. Some of us crossed the line to persuade the smaller groups of Richardson and Biden people. All of us in the three main groups took our share. Finally they did the math, and though we were ahead with 66 head counts we stayed at 2 delegates. So did Edwards and H. Precisely we would be more than 2 delegates but the mathematical formula would be 2 point something and both Edwards and H would be 1 point something... So they rounded it up and gave each 2 delegate numbers. My other friend I encouraged to go helped Barack win their Caucus precinct. Good news from our little world guys. Again those of you who inspired us with your consistent positive messages, but live in distant places from Iowa, cheer up. We are winning this thing.
Re: Just came from Caucusing for Barack | Report to Admin Reply
By shawnmarie 12 minutes ago
Thank you so much Dan for letting us know and for working hard and caucusing for Obama! More hard work but you guys made history tonight and we'll continue to make history together!

Go Barack! | Report to Admin Reply
By Redsoxnation 58 minutes ago
I just donated another $100 to the campaign!


OBAMA!

Thank you Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Greg J 58 minutes ago
Thank you Iowa! This is such an exciting start to the primaries and the 2008 election. Fired up, ready to go!

NETWORKS: OBAMA WINS IOWA | Report to Admin Reply
By BahamasForObama08 58 minutes ago
Prediction: Senator Barack Obama will win by 40% of the votes!

'You will when you believe!'

Thank you, IOWA! Look out, New Hampshire - the Obama Train is on its way! Choo-chooooo!

We Did It | Report to Admin Reply
By Luis 58 minutes ago
Here in Puerto Rico,we are honking our cars and making noise in my house.Thank you Barack and lets change the world!!

Aqui yo estoy tocando bocina y haciendo ruido en la casa.Gracias Barack y vamos a cambiar el mundo.

OBAMA 08

Watching MSNBC | Report to Admin Reply
By Terri 58 minutes ago
The Obama crowd is going WILD!

I LOVE IT !!!

Wow! | Report to Admin Reply
By Douglas Dunn 58 minutes ago
It's going to be a new day in American. Profound change is on the way. Please step up! Really do something to help in your neighborhood.
Unbelievable | Report to Admin Reply
By SRao 53 minutes ago
As the son of an immigrant - God Bless Obama and God Bless his efforts to lead this country in a time of crisis. God Bless his victory. Obama is in my prayers every day and I hope for a refreshing change to the way our country operates.

Fantastic! | Report to Admin Reply
By Pat 57 minutes ago
This is fantastic -- for our country. Thank you, Iowa.

We in Louisiana are FIRED UP!
Re: Fantastic! | Report to Admin Reply
By Banko 55 minutes ago
THANK YOU IOWA

The road starts here | Report to Admin Reply
By Mel 57 minutes ago
Tonight we are moving forward to make real, significant change in this country. THANK YOU IOWA!
Re: The road starts here | Report to Admin Reply
By Shlomo 56 minutes ago
THAT'S RIGHT! FIRE IT UP!
Re: The road starts here | Report to Admin Reply
By MsCiara 50 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.24%
Senator John Edwards : 29.97%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.56%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.14%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.94%
Uncommitted : 0.12%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.03%
Precincts Reporting: 1656 of 1781

Delegate for Iowa | Report to Admin Reply
By Denise Rider 57 minutes ago
I am proud to be elected as a delegate for Barack!! I would like other delegates across the US to let me know what you think about this honor that has been bestowed upon you. Maybe we can meet at the National Convention!!
Re: Delegate for Iowa | Report to Admin Reply
By Terri 54 minutes ago
How Awesome! Congratulations, Denise!!
Re: Delegate for Iowa | Report to Admin Reply
By waterprise2 51 minutes ago
Oh Denise! We are SO excited for you!

Thank you Iowa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Mason City 4 Obama 50 minutes ago
Me too, in Cerro Gordo County. Obama didn't do very well in my precinct (4 delegates compared to 7 for HRC), but this news is the absolute best news ever. Thank you my fellow Iowans.
Re: Delegate for Iowa | Report to Admin Reply
By shawnmarie 9 minutes ago
Congrats Denise and great job! Thank you

We did it!!!!!!!!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Casey in Arizona 56 minutes ago
Yes!!!! We did it!!!! Thank you Iowa for believing in this campaign. 1 down, 49 to go!!!!
OBAMA 08, BABY!!!!!!!

Go Obama! | Report to Admin Reply
By Andrew Yen 56 minutes ago
Great job Iowa!

We Did It - We've Changed The World!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Tommy Ates from Austin, TX 56 minutes ago
YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!

FIRED UP!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Kyle from Hillsdale, IL 56 minutes ago
FIRED UP!!

CONGRATS OBAMA!! CAN'T WAIT FOR NH!

DMR | Report to Admin Reply
By Carlos 56 minutes ago
Did anybody mention yet the genius pollster of the DMR?
Re: DMR | Report to Admin Reply
By Tommy Ates from Austin, TX 47 minutes ago
They won't doubt Ms. Selzer again! :)

Obama '08!

Finally, Power To The People!!

Thank You! | Report to Admin Reply
By JediMasterMatt 55 minutes ago
Well done! A big hug to everyone who helped in Iowa, from the inside and out!

OBAMA '08
Re: Thank You! | Report to Admin Reply
By RevD n MD 48 minutes ago
Well said, Matt! Now cancel that afternoon heart attack you were blogging about earlier :-)

God bless you Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ali Alavi 55 minutes ago
You did it and not small, you did it big!!!!

Change is coming | Report to Admin Reply
By Randy from Alpine, CA 55 minutes ago
I'm so happy right now, keep it coming. It's not over folks but this gives us terrific momentum. Thank you Iowa.

Sincerely,
Randy
Re: Change is coming | Report to Admin Reply
By Kate from Evanston, IL 51 minutes ago
What a victory--Obama wins by large margins, Hillary (probably) 3rd, huge turnout, independents and republicans voting!

Democracy wins!
Re: Change is coming | Report to Admin Reply
By Kimberly from Miami, FL 43 minutes ago
THANK YOU IOWA!!!! Three young professionals in Durham, NC are very pumped right now.

Congratulations to Senator Obama and the Obama teams all over the country. I BELIEVE.
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By Jay from Alexandria, VA 17 minutes ago
ANYONE NOTICED HOW ALL OF A SUDDEN HILLARY SEEMS TO BE FOR CHANGE AND NOT EXPERIENCE???? SHE IS ON NOW ON CNN .

Young America Speaks! | Report to Admin Reply
By Pierce 53 minutes ago
The future of this country is standing up and shouting..."we want change!!!" Congratulations to Senetor Obama and congratulations to Iowa!!! The future IS bright!

Keep it Going NH | Report to Admin Reply
By ObamaHawkeye 52 minutes ago
HUGE Obama turnout at my caucus site tonight in Coralville. 752 people this year vs only 145 in 2004. What a great night! REALLY hoping you can keep it going NH and SC!

Great work fellow Hawkeyes!
Re: Keep it Going NH | Report to Admin Reply
By SvK 50 minutes ago
To all the "Youth for Obama"

you make me soooo proud........My generation X was apathetic.....you guys and gals

ARE THE GREATEST!!!!!!

I love all of you!!

Thank you sooooo much!


SvK
Re: Keep it Going NH | Report to Admin Reply
By JP - VA 4 OBAMA 42 minutes ago
AMAZING! I guess having that big crowd yesterday was an indication.

Thank you for all of your support.

I am leaving VA on Saturday heading to NH to go and try to help NH have the same results as IA.

Snapshot at 10:00 PM - Eastern | Report to Admin Reply
By Almak 52 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.18%
Senator John Edwards : 30.00%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.58%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.15%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.94%
Uncommitted : 0.12%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.03%
Precincts Reporting: 1647 of 1781

(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)

NORTH EAST AWAITS !!!

SOUTHERN STATES AWAITS !!!

I AM SURE WEST AWAITS !!!!

YES WE CAN !!!
YES WE CAN !!!

All right, what's next? | Report to Admin Reply
By Colin from Palmer, AK 51 minutes ago
On to New Hampshire.

YES! | Report to Admin Reply
By Mr. Bill 51 minutes ago
Bless you all!

I AM so FARGEN HAPPY! | Report to Admin Reply
By Sally 51 minutes ago
WOOOOOO_HOOOOO
Thank you Iowa, from the bottom of my heart ;) I am glad you all represent a person like me in Florida -
On Our Way to Change The World-
Obama 08'
What a wonderful night!
I am so HAPPY!

a win for America | Report to Admin Reply
By IndieGirl 51 minutes ago
Tonight is a win for America all around. My first election I voted in was 20 years ago. I wouldn't have believed it if someone said in 20 years a presidential caucus would have results like:

A woman garnering 30%
A Mormon garnering 25%

and a bi-racial man garnering 37%!

We are waking up and bringing MLK jr's dream to life. It's about time!

GIVE IT UNTIL IT HURTS | Report to Admin Reply
By Steven R 51 minutes ago
DONATE MONEY NOW, OVER AND OVER AGAIN

I just really stepped up and put my money where my heart is. I had previously pledged $50 initally then got a match just as they called the race for a second $50... and to show my joy, i Just pledged 10 matches @ $25 a piece. You can do it to. Even just one. Barack needs our blood, sweat, money, and love to beat the Hillary machine. You can bet they will take the gloves off and come right at us know, but she's on the ropes and we can land the KO by Valentines Day. Donate Tonight, make the news in the morning as the campaign expounds it's fundraising to the press, and we go on to change the world!!!!

My message to my 10 Pledges on Matches:

I was an undecided voter until December. It was around that time that I realized we had a chance to make this world a better place if we simply believed again. Obama has really stoked my passion and earned my support in a strong way. I live in Texas so I can't vote yet, but making this donation is the best way vote where it matters. I know you believe in Obama after tonight's performance and I want you to know you're one of the 10 matches I've made this evening for $25 each. Thank you so much for joining me, and if you can spare it, please consider matching yourself in the future. Together we'll all stand to make this a better world. One voice just shook the world! GO OBAMA GO!
Re: GIVE IT UNTIL IT HURTS | Report to Admin Reply
By Terri 45 minutes ago
Thank you Steven !!!!

We can break our goal tonight too!
Re: GIVE IT UNTIL IT HURTS | Report to Admin Reply
By Steven R 42 minutes ago
Great News! All 10 Promises have now been matched. It is so cool to read the pledges message, knowing they're a first time doner to my promise. Unbelievable that they're getting this many donations tonight. That's 10 $25 within 10 minutes. It took 3 hours this afternoon for my $50 donation to match

Yeeeesssss! | Report to Admin Reply
By Jessica from Dayton, OH 51 minutes ago
Next stop, NH! Can't remember the last time I felt so much optimism! Thanks Iowa. I agree that Chris Matthews looked to be on the verge of heart attack (not too different than most of us, I'm sure) and yes I think he does "Get It"! Let's hope the rest of the country "gets it"!

Good job! | Report to Admin Reply
By Tiffany N 51 minutes ago
Thata boy!
1 down, 49 to go, and we can take them all.

What happened to the trolls? | Report to Admin Reply
By SWZR 50 minutes ago
Where is unknown user, and there were a few other nay sayers that kept interjecting on these blogs...

It is waaay too early to say who will win the nomination for certain. But for now this is the absolute best outcome for the Obama campaign!
Re: What happened to the trolls? | Report to Admin Reply
By MW 42 minutes ago
Actually, it would be better for us if Edwards winds up third. But he fought pretty hard and equalled HRC. Good for him.

He needs to get out of the race, though, and let the non-Hillary vote coalesce around the only candidate who can beat her--OURS!

I want to hear this. :) | Report to Admin Reply
By Athena 50 minutes ago
Tune in to MSNBC NOW!

Hillary will speak/spin in a few minutes.
Re: I want to hear this. :) | Report to Admin Reply
By Athena 47 minutes ago
According to MSNBC, young voters comprised 20 percent of the vote, comnpared with 17 percent in 2004.

I think I also heard them say that Obama won amongst men AND women.
Re: I want to hear this. :) | Report to Admin Reply
By Leila 22 minutes ago
The woman reporting for MSNBC stated that Hillary's crowd is "manufactured." "They weren't there 30 minutes ago." Those people aren't local supporters.

Well, no big surprise there. That's for sure.

Hillary Dean Scream | Report to Admin Reply
By Adrienne, Portsmouth, VA 49 minutes ago
I'm betting on HRC's version of the infamous scream during her speech in a few moments. Who's with me?
Re: Hillary Dean Scream | Report to Admin Reply
By meta 41 minutes ago
Major Cackle Time.
Re: Hillary Dean Scream | Report to Admin Reply
By Adrienne, Portsmouth, VA 31 minutes ago
JE beat her to it....

Too exciting! | Report to Admin Reply
By Allison W. 49 minutes ago
This has fired me up in the most incredible way. I have never even watched the Iowa caucus before, now I am holding my breath with each news flash. Thank you Iowa for helping to renew my faith. I will get out and volunteer first thing in the morning!! Alaska is pulling for you Senator Obama!

YEAH IOWA!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Phil In the Cuse 49 minutes ago
Okay, now I can sit down - but it's not easy to be this way in this triumphant moment!
Having not heard anything other than the GOP results, just as I was pulling into my driveway the projections came through - the words that will shake the entire world - BARACK OBAMA WINS IOWA!
What followed were about 20 (and counting) Howard Dean-like screams, all of them heartfelt and wonderful, and lots of Tiger Woods-like fist pumps to go with it!
Excuse me - YEAHHHH!!! YEAHHH!!
Iowa, you have sent the entire world a message strong, powerful and passionate - America's days of doubt and cynicism are over.
We believe again!! And we believe in Barack Obama!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Iowa!! You have started a revolution. Be proud of yourselves - the night of Jan. 3, 2008 will go down in history as the time America changed course for the better.
WE DID IT!! YEAH!!! YEAH!!!
Re: YEAH IOWA!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Diamond *IrishAmericansForObama* 46 minutes ago
I'M SPEECHLESS !!

I didn't think folks were this decent.

THANK YOU JESUS !!!!
Re: YEAH IOWA!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Donna of MD 43 minutes ago
THANK YOU IOWA. YOU STOOD UP FOR BARACK AND NOW YOU CAN PASS THE TORCH ON WE WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL TO YOU ALL

CONGRATULATIONS BARACK!
Re: YEAH IOWA!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ray 42 minutes ago
WAY TO GO BARACK!!!!

BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO OBAMA!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Army Officer (Ty) 39 minutes ago
Thank you Iowa. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! You have proven that America is truly ready for change. Ready to turn that corner to a brighter future. This will forever be a glorious moment in history.
The fight isn't over yet though. Let's move on to New Hampshire and keep the fight alive. I am an Army Officer in Germany on my way to Iraq in a few days and the news that Obama has won in Iowa has made my day. Let's stay fired up people.
Let's go New Hampshire Get Fired Up, and get Ready to Go!!!!!

IOWA!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Eric from Cambodia 47 minutes ago
WE LOVE YOU IOWA!!!
WE LOVE YOU AMERICA!!!
LET BARACK ROCK THE WORLD!!!

IOWAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

AMPLIFY THE VICTORY!
DONATE NOW!!!
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AMPLIFY THE VICTORY!
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Re: IOWA!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Eric from Cambodia 45 minutes ago
THIS WILL HIT ALL THE WORLD MEDIA HEADLINES!!!
Re: IOWA!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Tommy Ates from Austin, TX 45 minutes ago
You can feel it in your bones..The World Is Rejoicing!!

What a day Tomorrow will bring...
Any one going to NH from NY | Report to Admin Reply
By Gideon from Canada 44 minutes ago
Folks I am going to NH from Canada!
We did it!

Any one from northern NY going to NH?

Yes, Yes.....

4 years ago... | Report to Admin Reply
By kkbmom 47 minutes ago
I heard Barack's speech at the convention and I went on his website and urged him to consider running for the presidency. And here we are!

Thank you to Iowa and everyone who made this possible.

On to NH!!!!!!!!!!

YES!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Brian Anthis 46 minutes ago
I was worried Obama might lose to Edwards fortunately he didn't.... I hope Clinton comes in 3rd after Edwards!
Re: YES!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Diamond *IrishAmericansForObama* 43 minutes ago
I hope Clinton comes 4th.

Thanks! | Report to Admin Reply
By Howard 46 minutes ago
Thank you Iowa! I'm sorry I ever doubted you guys!

Man On The Moon Moment! | Report to Admin Reply
By Michelle from Wynnewood, PA 46 minutes ago
I am a middle aged African American woman and Barack's win in the Iowa Caucus is a "man on the moon" moment for me. It is the quintessence of hope!
Re: Man On The Moon Moment! | Report to Admin Reply
By Pierce 39 minutes ago
I am so proud for you, proud for Obama and proud for this country!!! My faith in the greatness of this country is being restored!!!

Praise the lord!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Jo 45 minutes ago
Thank you Iowa, To all our precints captains and volunteers. Congratulations to our campaign staff, to Senator Obama and Michelle. We still have a lot of work to do before January 2009 and the inauguration ceremony in Washington. However, this is the best start that we been hoping for.

We will deliver california in february 5th!!!

My wife wants to donate | Report to Admin Reply
By Desert Rat Dan 45 minutes ago
My wife is so excited. She has been fairly quiet so far through this campaign. She has been silently praying every night. As I kept feeding her the numbers tonight and her watching on TV her excitement grew even further. When it was announced that Barack would be the winner the first thing she said was she is going to donate tomorrow. All eyes on NH now.
Re: My wife wants to donate | Report to Admin Reply
By Terri 39 minutes ago
Ah, Dan! Thank your wonderful wife for her prayers..and give her a hug from me!

Turnout | Report to Admin Reply
By Bruce 44 minutes ago
Double WOW. Iowa Democratic party projection 212,000 voters turning out. (And Barack is getting more about 30% more than either Edwards or Clinton.)

Barack rocks! Michelle rocks! Grassroots rock!!
Re: Turnout | Report to Admin Reply
By Laura Hubka 40 minutes ago
Hello my loves! we did it and just as I said! Obama, Edwards, Hillary!
Re: Turnout | Report to Admin Reply
By Ben Vos 28 minutes ago
YOU ROCK, LAURA HUBKA!!!! YOU DID IT FOR ALL OF US!!!! YOU DID IT FOR YOUR SON!

We are so proud of you. Stephanie gave us an update from your text messages.
Re: Turnout | Report to Admin Reply
By Eric from Cambodia 22 minutes ago
Big hugs from Cambodia, Laura!
You rock!!!
Thank you so much for this incredible victory!!!
Re: Turnout | Report to Admin Reply
By Stephanie 21 minutes ago
You did it!!
Love you Laura!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Phil In the Cuse 7 minutes ago
Laura, we believed in what you and your amazing Iowa team would do - and you came though! Thank you so much for all your hard work for Barack and this movement - we love you!!

Obama Headquarters | Report to Admin Reply
By Stephanie 44 minutes ago
CNN has live stream of Obama headquarters

Link
Re: Obama Headquarters | Report to Admin Reply
By MsCiara 41 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.36%
Senator John Edwards : 29.97%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.45%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.13%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.93%
Uncommitted : 0.12%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.02%
Precincts Reporting: 1688 of 1781
(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)

Tonight | Report to Admin Reply
By Shawn 42 minutes ago
I caucused here in Louisiana and worked the phones and emails with friends around the country. I converted about 10 clintonites, celebrated, and and trying decide on what my next contribution will be. Great job to the Iowa Team.

Thank You! | Report to Admin Reply
By Jake 42 minutes ago
Thanks to all you volunteers and precinct captains! Thanks to all of you who came out on a cold January night to be heard! The rest of us can blog and send money, but you people in Iowa MADE IT HAPPEN!

Congratulations and Thank You! Here we come New Hampshire!

SC Absentee Voting Started Today! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ethel 41 minutes ago
I just spoke to my boyfriends MOM. She stated they went to vote today. They were the only ones in there. Hopefully the team will get people to vote absentee since they are already voting.
Re: Not just a win | Report to Admin Reply
By CILLA IN NYC 29 minutes ago
Hi everyone,

Well like I told you,I am in Puerto Rico celebrating my birthday today and let me tell you I could not have asked for a better birthday present!!!! My Boyfriend and I were at the Hotel casino,but I could not do anything but keep going out side to the bar area where the T.V. was on and yes I could not stop shaking.Finally all results said OBAMA!!!!! My boyfriend and I look around us and all the people were actually cheering becuase they too want this. They might not be able to vote come Nov.08,but they also feel that our country needs this BIG TIME. Car horns were honking and people were chanting Obama,Obama!!! Tears of joy from me,as my boyfriend gives me hugs and tells me this is truly worth all the talking and arguing that we still need to do when we get home. So everyone,enjoy our moment and please don't forget this is only one victory and a BIG ONE,BUT we have a lot more places to get to. Luv all ya!!! Be Back next week.


BIG HUGS TO THE OBAMA BLOG FAMILY,


CILLA
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By Dawn 25 minutes ago
You sure did tell us! Happy Birthday! A hell of a birthday gift right. I promise, promise, promise I will NEVER doubt your faith again!
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By shawnmarie 4 minutes ago
HUGS back Cilla, have a great happy birthday!! Know this had to make it MUCH better!

Way to Go Barack | Report to Admin Reply
By Katie B. 40 minutes ago
Way to Go Barack Obama!!! Thank you so much Iowans for making this a memorable caucus. You folks have shown that you want Change, Unity and Hope for our country. You have shown America and the world that you want a candidate/President you can believe in. You have also shown that you want an end to the Washington/elite establishment. Sorry Hillary!

Has anyone been watching Andrea Mitchell covering the Clinton campaign? Someone should FIRE Andrea because it is SO OBVIOUS that she is BIASED towards Hillary. we should all contact Chris Matthews, Tim Russert and the rest of the MSNBC posse that Andrea Mitchell should go into retirement.

HOURRAY!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Eric from Cambodia 40 minutes ago
WE LOVE YOU IOWA!!!
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I CAN TELL YOU THIS WILL HIT THE WORLD PRESS HEADLINES!!!

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By MsCiara 38 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.39%
Senator John Edwards : 29.95%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.46%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.13%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.93%
Uncommitted : 0.12%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.02%
Precincts Reporting: 1692 of 1781
Re: HOURRAY!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Dawn 23 minutes ago
Congratulations, Ms Ciara! You've been on the front line from day one!

Wishing I was there... | Report to Admin Reply
By Harry from Indianapolis, IN 40 minutes ago
I'm watching MSNBC's live stream and wishing I was there in Iowa to celebrate! Thank you, Iowa. Thank you, for my children...

Thank you thank you thank you | Report to Admin Reply
By Juj 2003 40 minutes ago
I just got home, couldn't help being out and away from televisions tonight...and coming home to this was the best thing in the world!!!!!!!! Thank you Iowa! Thank you volunteers! Thank you Obamablog family! Thank you Michelle and the girls. More importantly thank you to Sen. Obama for the hope!

"Urgent" Current World's Affair | Report to Admin Reply
By Jean Jacques 40 minutes ago
Congratulations!!! to Senator Obama. It would be nice to see included into the Senator’s speech tonight a call for unity, peace and reconciliation among Kenyan’s who are currently dying for Democracy. This will be strongly and positively heard and praise in around the world, and it will differentiate Senator Obama from other presidential candidates by showing its experience and its readiness to lead as well as its ability to think about current world affairs while running for office. We have had condemnations for Benazir Butho’s Dead; let him express its dissatisfaction or say at least something about what’s going on in Kenyan which could be I believe very positive for the Campaign.

Jean Jacques F
Re: "Urgent" Current World's Affair | Report to Admin Reply
By JP - VA 4 OBAMA 37 minutes ago
He did that yesterday.
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By waterprise2 33 minutes ago
The Senator recorded a statement re: Kenya yesterday. It is here on this blog somewhere; but I'm sure if you google it, you'll find it.

The situation in Kenya is VERY important to the Senator and also to us here on the blog...

That's why it was so important for him to WIN!
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By RevD n MD 33 minutes ago
It's a good point, Jean Jacques, and I heard that Senator Obama spoke to Kenyans on Voice of America radio yesterday. I hope that will prove to be helpful.
God bless the people of Kenya.

Please donate 10.00 !!!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Sally 38 minutes ago
I have donated 5 dollars four times, and I just spent 10 dollars of my grocery money for the week. The Iowa results have lifted my spirits and soothed my soul- HOPE AND CHANGE are ALIVE AND WELL!
Please donate, we will need whatever funds we can to fight the battle- it's going to get a lot more nitty gritty as time goes on- PLEASE donate :)
Thank you all, and thank you Iowa again :) I love all you guys! This blog is my support when I feel strong and my vent when I feel distraught!
Please donate- I wanna win this for Obama, and I want the corporations to know we can squash them with our own Little People Power!
Goodnight!
OBAMA 08
SO FIRED UP I COULD ROCKET TO MARS!!!!!!!
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By Justin from New York, NY 36 minutes ago
YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! DONATE DONATE!
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By MsCiara 35 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.39%
Senator John Edwards : 29.95%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.47%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.12%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.92%
Uncommitted : 0.12%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.02%
Precincts Reporting: 1700 of 1781
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By Archaeology Jim 34 minutes ago
Sally,

Done!

Thank you for your financial sacrifice!

Archaeology Jim in Arizona

The first step | Report to Admin Reply
By Mcclam 36 minutes ago
I see this as the first step, and the first declaration that cannot be denied. This is the first step on the path to rebuilding America that Obama is leading us onto. And of course let me say Woot.

Finally, a light in the tunnel | Report to Admin Reply
By Jessica from Boise, ID 36 minutes ago
I am thrilled. This is the best news I've heard in 7 years.

Hmrph | Report to Admin Reply
By Bruce 35 minutes ago
Edwards speaking as if he won. I predict he'll wake up with a big hangover tomorrow. The least gracious loser I've ever heard but we'll welcome his supporters as I believe they are good people.
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By Ali Alavi 31 minutes ago
Shouldn't they at least congratulate the winner as a tradition?
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By Dawn 23 minutes ago
Tacky and petty!
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By PB 31 minutes ago
He's really full of himself ain't he?
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By Mason City 4 Obama 27 minutes ago
Not very classy speech from Edwards. He couldn't congratulate Barack? We'll see what HRC has to say now...
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By Juj 2003 29 minutes ago
In his mind, and frankly in my mind, he did win in a way. He has helped beat Hillary. I think generally, he is a good person, just too much of a lawyer (good at making speeches and closings)!
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By Juj 2003 28 minutes ago
ETA-- I meant that he won the race that he had set up in his mind...to come in second place
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By MTT 29 minutes ago
Let us leave him alone - he hasn't slept for 36 hours. Our people spoke and that is all that matters!
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By Ben Vos 25 minutes ago
No, I like Edwards' message. He speaks like an attorney and he's prosecuting a civil action against the whole of corporate America. I appreciate his ability to "stick it to the man" because if I had $15 million, I'd want to stick it to the man too.

Heck, if he'd give me $15,000, I think I'd stick it to the man. I hope Edwards gets the clue and starts a microenterprise incubator in the U.S. like we have in Africa.
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By Bruce 19 minutes ago
Clinton at least congratulated Barack and Edwards. But she was so uninspiring as she talked about changing the world. It was much the same message but somehow lacked conviction and heart of Obama. I'm glad we're all behind someone who can inspire us, and I hope Sen. Clinton's (as well as Biden's, Dodd's, Kucinch's and Richardson's) supporters join us in a movement for change.

THANK YOU!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By UNITED4Obama 35 minutes ago
Congratulations to Barack, Michelle, Campaign Staff, Ground Team and, a special Thank You to the Iowa Caucus Voters!!!

POTUS'09

NH is next!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Idris Noor 34 minutes ago
First of all i would like to thank God..Because without him all this would have not been possible..Second thanks alot to everyone in Iowa!! YOU guys came through..Me and my freinds are all going to be in NH to make sure that tonight's outcome get repeated over there..Keep the faith everyone...The Change is Coming!!

God Bless Obama and the people of this country!! Ameen
Re: NH is next!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Goldie Taylor 30 minutes ago
THANK YOU IOWA! IT'S TIME TO BELIEVE IN AMERICA AGAIN! YOU SHOWED THEM THE CHANGE MATTERS, IDEAS MATTER, CHARACTER MATTERS, UNITY MATTERS... THEY SAID HE COULDN'T DO IT! THEY TRIED TO DOWNPLAY THE DMR POLL! BUT YOU DID IT. YOU SHOWED UP AND BARACK SHOWED OUT!

BTW, THANK YOU OPRAH!

WOO-HOO!
Re: NH is next!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Gideon from Canada 29 minutes ago
Idris,

Yes we all have to go to NH!

The folks in there are also as
hard workers as Iowa, and lets all
of us give them a hand.

History in the making, and lets
all of us be part of it.

Its Our Time | Report to Admin Reply
By Rob 34 minutes ago
This is our election to lose. Thanks Iowa you have renew my faith in the commom good
Re: Its Our Time | Report to Admin Reply
By Michael from Charlotte, NC 32 minutes ago
Thank you Iowa! A state that is 95% white just went for an African-American candidate. I have never been prouder to be an American! Way to go, Barack!

Fired UP! | Report to Admin Reply
By Josh 34 minutes ago
SO fired up and ready to go!

Obama 08
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By Mary Kay in St. Louis 31 minutes ago
You can say that again!! I just got back from an unofficial St. Louis Young Dems caucus. Barack wins here too!! Local media was there covering the event so we should get another bump locally to start to get St. Louis on the "O" train for Feb. 5! YEAHH!!!!

WE win!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Harry 33 minutes ago
The Win is OURS!! Congratulations and thank you Obama for telling us to own this campaign: I feel so much that I HAVE WON TONIGHT!!

Thank you, Iowa!!!! Kudos, Kudos to you all!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By MTT 32 minutes ago
Iowa - thank you so much for all your work! What an amazing night! What a huge and decisive victory! Your voice will indeed change the world.

Barack | Report to Admin Reply
By Anthony 32 minutes ago
Barack Obama is going all the way.
Re: Barack | Report to Admin Reply
By shawnmarie 2 minutes ago
Indeed he is!!

Portland, Oregon is Fired Up!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Michelle from Portland, OR 32 minutes ago
It may be wet outside, but inside we are fired up! Bring it on Huckabee...you're going down, down, down in a ring of fire!

Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by and THAT has made all the difference!

Change is what we need badly right now so call your siblings and your parents and your friends and get them to donate some cold hard cash. Tell them why your heart is saying Oh Bah MAH!!!
Re: Portland, Oregon is Fired Up!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Desert Rat Dan 31 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.51%
Senator John Edwards : 29.90%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.43%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.10%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.92%
Uncommitted : 0.12%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.02%
Precincts Reporting: 1711 of 1781

(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)

Change (Bahamas) | Report to Admin Reply
By Sherrick from Pompano Beach, FL 31 minutes ago
Change is about to happen it has just started. GO Obama the Bahamas got your Back

Thank You Iowa......... | Report to Admin Reply
By John 31 minutes ago
I knew that the hope of this country would recapture the American Dream. Thank You Iowa, you have given me hope for the future! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

You deserve not only a pat on the back, but a god given talent to organize, to caucus, and to be the America that the world needs us to be.
Thank You Iowa,
Johnny Mclaurin
South Carolina For Obama
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By Brian S. 25 minutes ago
I AM TRULY SPEECHLESS ~ A DEFINITIVE WIN!!!

AMERICA HAS WON!!!

THANK YOU IOWA!

THANK YOU EVERYONE ON THIS BLOG!

THANK YOU OPRAH!

THANK YOU BARACK & MICHELLE!

THANK YOU, GOD!

LET'S GO CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

PLEASE PLEASE DONATE to help fight the UPCOMING BATTLE! | Report to Admin Reply
By Sally 30 minutes ago
I have donated 5 dollars four times, and I just spent 10 dollars of my grocery money for the week. The Iowa results have lifted my spirits and soothed my soul- HOPE AND CHANGE are ALIVE AND WELL!
Please donate, we will need whatever funds we can to fight the battle- it's going to get a lot more nitty gritty as time goes on- PLEASE donate :)
Thank you all, and thank you Iowa again :) I love all you guys! This blog is my support when I feel strong and my vent when I feel distraught!
Please donate- I wanna win this for Obama, and I want the corporations to know we can squash them with our own Little People Power!
Goodnight!
OBAMA 08
SO FIRED UP I COULD ROCKET TO MARS!!!!!!!
Re: PLEASE PLEASE DONATE to help fight the UPCOMING BATTLE! | Report to Admin Reply
By Andy 20 minutes ago
Raised $450 for Barack from students at my school, and friends of my family. Never made a better investment

Fired Up!

Ready To Go!

We will see if Hillary turns negative against Obama, jesus I hope she does. That would prove she is NOT her husband.

Only 3 democrat Candidates since '72 have failed to win the primary after winning Iowa

Signed,Sealed,Delivered | Report to Admin Reply
By eagleforlife 30 minutes ago
YEAAAAAAAAA!
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By Robin 4 minutes ago
WHOOO - HOOOO! YAAAY!

The gap is widening! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ali Alavi 29 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.50%
Senator John Edwards : 29.89%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.42%
Re: The gap is widening! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ali Alavi 27 minutes ago
Edwards has no manners, he didn't even congratulate Barack!

Shades of JFK | Report to Admin Reply
By Jack Ewing 29 minutes ago
I am amazed how closely the Obama campaign is moving in the same direction that JFK's campaign in 1960 in his defeat of Richard Nixon. Kennedy. being a catholic was not expected to win that election. Let's pray that our nation has progressed to the point where we can elect a black president this year.

Unbelievable | Report to Admin Reply
By Unknown user 29 minutes ago
As a European, I have to say that tonight I have been left astounded. After seeing the American people vote in George W. Bush twice (the second time being beyond belief) we had all but lost hope in you guys. But tonight you have amazingly and thankfully proven us all wrong. America needs to be recaptured by its people. You need to take back your rightful place in the world as beacons of hope and dreams that we all once aspired to. Barack Obama embodies what America should be and what it once was, so this is not about him as an individual but that which he represents, all that was right with your nation, and all that we used to love about you.
The fact that he is an idealistic shows us that for the moment at least, the people of Iowa have shown us that America aspires for higher ideals than the awful carnage created at the hands of the lunatics neo-cons. We love you all, come back to where you once were, take back your country!!! Obama all the way!
God Bless and Well done.
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By Andrew from Brookfield, IL 27 minutes ago
Hope. It's real.
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By Archaeology Jim 20 minutes ago
Yes...the darkness is leaving and the light of hope has emerged!

We The People of the United States have been misled, lied to, and stripped of many of our civil liberties.

Tonight we said No More!!!

Archaeology Jim in Arizona

I'VE GOT A HEADACHE | Report to Admin Reply
By David D 27 minutes ago
John's yelling is giving me a headache. Nice to throw in "thanks for second place" at the end.
Re: I'VE GOT A HEADACHE | Report to Admin Reply
By Mason City 4 Obama 23 minutes ago
Who would have guessed Hillary would have had a more classy concession speech than Edwards. At least she congratulated Barack and all the other candidates....
Re: I'VE GOT A HEADACHE | Report to Admin Reply
By Sandra from San Jose, CA 16 minutes ago
Yeah after his wife walked up to him and told him to say it. What a sore loser.
Re: I'VE GOT A HEADACHE | Report to Admin Reply
By waterprise2 23 minutes ago
I cannot believe he NEVER congratulated Barack or mentioned any of the other candidates! Not very gracious!!

Hillary is saying WE brought about "change" in the Iowa Democratic Party!

What a NIGHT!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Callie 27 minutes ago
What an amazing night!
I am a first time caucus go-er, precinct captain, and a TRUE BELIEVER in what this Sen can and WILL accomplish!

I am overwhelmed by our turnout here in Iowa...and SO PROUD to be from our great state, and to know that we as Iowans know what is real!!!
I am so greatful of the hours that I have put into this campaign (the first time I have ever been this involved!!) and I am so proud of EVERYONE's efforts here in Iowa, and in our other great states!!! I frequently come here and read the GREAT encouraging words that you all offer!!

Thank you Iowa, thank you everyone one else out there in the United States, and in the farther lands!!!! And thank you to the wonderful Senator and his amazing family, that will reunite our WORLD!!!!

In peace!

gaffes | Report to Admin Reply
By Alyce Rocco 27 minutes ago
CNN: "The President's wife loses...". Excuse me, Bill is not a President & was actually impeached. It is also a gaffe because as much as I dislike Hillary, she should get be respect for herself not as someone's wife. Glad Obama bested her, as of this moment by 8.08%.

turnout! | Report to Admin Reply
By Chris Wants a Real President 27 minutes ago
something like 220,000 caucus goers turned out for the democrats! If I remember correctly last time it was like 130,000. Thats just amazing, and speaks volumes both about how energized the democratic base in Iowa is, and how awesome our Iowa organization is. Way to go Iowa, THANKS!!

Our Wonderful and Unique Blogosphere | Report to Admin Reply
By waterprise2 26 minutes ago
Isn't this the most wonderful night tonight!

It is because of our Obama family here on the blogs that encouraged, lifted up, helped, donated, and loved the volunteers in IA to success!

Our blogosphere is so unique...I sneaked over to HRC earlier today, and it dawned on me that when they post, there is nowhere for them to "reply"...therefore, they were never able to form relationships with each other!

Thank you to Sam, Sarah, and the rest of the web/blogmeisters...you guys really know how to make a family!

President and First Lady Obama!
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By Archaeology Jim 17 minutes ago
"...I sneaked over to HRC earlier today, and it dawned on me that when they post, there is nowhere for them to "reply"...therefore, they were never able to form relationships with each other!"

BINGO!!!

Watch them add a reply button now.

In Obama We Trust!!!

Archaeology Jim in Arizona

Greetings from Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Tim from Iowa 26 minutes ago
What a night!!

This is indeed an historic evening in Iowa.. I'm watching the Obama group gathering in Des Moines for the celebration and the tv commentators are referring to a "rock concert" atmosphere.

My wife and I are proud to have caucused for Barack Obama tonight for the first time in our lives!!

Obama08!
Re: Greetings from Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Elisabeth 23 minutes ago
A big thank you to you and your wife as well as all of the Iowans who came out tonight! Amazing to see and blessed to witness. THANK YOU!
Re: Greetings from Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By RevD n MD 23 minutes ago
THANK YOU, Tim, (and Mrs. Tim) for your service!! You've given the rest of us in the rest of the country something to believe in! Now it's time for the rest of us to get fired up and ready to go!
Re: Greetings from Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Terri 19 minutes ago
Thank you Tim. Thank your wife. This could not have happened without you both!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Re: Greetings from Iowa! | Report to Admin Reply
By Brian S. 17 minutes ago
Yes, an historic night for Iowa...and, more importantly, an historic night for THE WORLD!

Let's go change the world!!!

Ready for Change | Report to Admin Reply
By LR 25 minutes ago
Hillary's tag may be Ready for Change...but with the Bushes and Clintons holding a place in the White House for OVER A QUARTER CENTURY, America is READY for a CHANGE...Go OBAMA!
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By Ethel 22 minutes ago
Now Hillary is talking about independents and Republicans.

That is too funny.
Re: Ready for Change | Report to Admin Reply
By Juj 2003 20 minutes ago
Yeah, I thought that was amusing too! She really does not have an independent thought of her own!
Re: Ready for Change | Report to Admin Reply
By RevD n MD 19 minutes ago
Hillary's speech (I'm listening on CNN) is soooo flat. She is just not the campaigner or speaker that Bill is....yawn.....
Clinton Concede | Report to Admin Reply
By VA for Barack 17 minutes ago
Is she crying?
Re: Ready for Change | Report to Admin Reply
By Kwamboka 6 minutes ago
WAY TO GO OBAMA!! Let's keep the momentum folks, for VICTORY is ours in NH. Keep the Faith

Albright??? | Report to Admin Reply
By Juj 2003 22 minutes ago
Anyone else seeing Madeline Albright in the back ground of Hillary's speech... Could she be any more of a pseudo name dropper?
Re: Albright??? | Report to Admin Reply
By SvK 20 minutes ago
Hillary is being very gracious....kudos!

SvK
Re: Albright??? | Report to Admin Reply
By Leila 19 minutes ago
The woman reporting for MSNBC stated that Hillary's crowd is "manufactured." "They weren't there 30 minutes ago." Those people aren't local supporters.

Well, no big surprise there. That's for sure.
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By Ali Alavi 17 minutes ago
yes, she said that. It is like bringing people with bus!
Re: Albright??? | Report to Admin Reply
By JP - VA 4 OBAMA 16 minutes ago
Albright has been actively campaigning for Hillary. I've seen her on quite a few of the MSM channels defending and speaking up for Hillary.

OMG - | Report to Admin Reply
By Terri 22 minutes ago
Hillary just said we're not just trying to elect a president, we're trying to change a country!

Does she have NO SHAME whatsoever????
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By Juj 2003 19 minutes ago
How can she say anything about the trops who could not make it? She is the one who voted to send them to war! Why
Re: OMG - | Report to Admin Reply
By T from Salina, KS 17 minutes ago
blah!blah! blah! Will she ever stop running her mouth about HERSELF!!
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By Leila 11 minutes ago
I know. She mentioned support from Independents and Republicans...and she used the word "light"...everyone laughed. It's so manufactured. Face it: she't not going to stop stealing lines from Obama. She wants to blur the differences.

Wow! The Tide is coming | Report to Admin Reply
By GMP08 19 minutes ago
Deval Patrick became the first African American governor of Massachusetts, and he is with the Obama campaign to ride the wave of change!

Go Obama 08!

Great night for Democrats | Report to Admin Reply
By Ben Vos 18 minutes ago
Edwards and Clinton both drew more caucus-goers than John Kerry did in 2004. The Democratic Party won.

Hillary Clinton is still thinking like she's a member of the minority party. She's talking about how "Republicans who see the light" are joining her to "change this nation". She's forgotten that she IS the status quo.

She's losing steam... I'm listening to her hit her top issues, but none of them get me very excited.

Can't wait to hear Barack show us the love tonight.
Re: Great night for Democrats | Report to Admin Reply
By waterprise2 10 minutes ago
Geez, all of those Independents and Republicans voted for BARACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She acts like they voted for her!!

It was BARACK that brought in 75,000 more people to the Democratic Party Process in Iowa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By kkbmom 18 seconds ago
Yes, and I just emailed MSNBC telling them they should give Barack credit for it (not that they will, though)

IOWA | Report to Admin Reply
By Kevin from Davenport, IA 18 minutes ago
Not only did we win, but I was elected a delegate for Obama. I couldn't think of anything better.

Time for NH to step up!
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By RevD n MD 17 minutes ago
Congratulations, Kevin!!
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By SvK 15 minutes ago
I want Schwarzenegger to endorse Obama..........

hehehehehe

SvK
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By JP - VA 4 OBAMA 13 minutes ago
Congratulations Kevin! We will making it happen in NH. I was there a few weeks ago, and they are quite busy. Quite a few of us are traveling from the DC/VA/MD to work thru the primary on the 8th.

We will be celebrating again next Tuesday!
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By Terri 13 minutes ago
Awesome! Congratulations!!

And thank you so much for helping make history tonight!
Re: IOWA | Report to Admin Reply
By MsCiara 13 minutes ago
Congratulations !! I am hoping to go as a democrat abroad delegate.

THANK YOU IOWA!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Cristina Cruz Gonzalez 17 minutes ago
What a strong and impressive display!! Inspiring for the rest of us supporting the campaign.

It Takes a Village... | Report to Admin Reply
By waterprise2 17 minutes ago
...to raise a child...

ANOTHER theme she "stole"...that is a old African proverb...she acts like SHE made it up...no, she co-opted that one, too!

exciting night | Report to Admin Reply
By SoCalObamaSupporter 17 minutes ago
I AM SO HAPPY TONIGHT...I know this is only the beginning of the Obama movement in action!

THANKS IOWA AND ALL THE CAMPAIGN WORKERS WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!

Let's go change the world | Report to Admin Reply
By LA Filmmaker 16 minutes ago
Because if you can change a room, you can change a city. And if you can change a city, you can change a state. And if you can change a state, you can change a nation. And if you can change a nation, YOU can change the world.

Let's go change the world.

YES!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Sean 15 minutes ago
WE DID IT!!!!!

I KNEW IT ALL ALONG (though i was afraid to say for fear that i would speak to fast)


3 way tie my ash

off to the debate saturday and then New Hampshire

there are no words to reflect how grateful i am


OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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LETS GO CHANGE THE WORLD

Latest Numbers | Report to Admin Reply
By Desert Rat Dan 15 minutes ago
Senator Barack Obama : 37.55%
Senator John Edwards : 29.86%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.40%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.09%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.94%
Uncommitted : 0.13%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.02%
Precincts Reporting: 1722 of 1781

(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)
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By Ali Alavi 11 minutes ago


Just amazing!

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By PJ 15 minutes ago

God Bless all of you
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By VA for Barack 10 minutes ago

BREAKING: Sen. Chris Dodd drops out of Democratic presidential race, NBC confirms
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By Greg 9 minutes ago

Disappointed that my candidate did not congratulate Barack Obama.

I've followed him for the last 4 years.

That's not his way.

I know what these results mean.

He did well...finishing slightly ahead of Hillary.

I trust he has called Barack....to congratulate him.
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By JP - VA 4 OBAMA 6 minutes ago

Greg, I hate to tell you this, but he didn't concede to Kerry either in 2004.
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By Mason City 4 Obama 4 minutes ago

Thank you for your kind words and classy congratulations to us.
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By Nicole Lewis from Austin, TX 5 minutes ago

Thank you so MUCH Iowa, you guys are now apart of history! God bless you all!

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By Archaeology Jim 11 minutes ago
Wow, Chuck Norris is there behing Huckabee.

I heard that Chuck Norris' tears can cure every disease known to man. Too bad he never cries.
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By Juj 2003 7 minutes ago
To bad Huckabee can't win the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny! But seriously, Chuck Norris???

Feeling Good | Report to Admin Reply
By Desert Rat Dan 10 minutes ago
It's definitely time for this one:

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Dodd drops out | Report to Admin Reply
By Luis 8 minutes ago

CNN confirms that Chris Dodd has dropped out of the race.
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By agk. 5 minutes ago

It's probably not nice to gloat, but we won this one!!!! We won! We won! Let's stay fired up and bring it on home to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We can do it. We've got a lot of celebrations to look forward to.

500,000+ donors. Wow - what a number! Did everyone who could donate today?

Thanks to the Obamas and to you all on the blogs who perk my mornings up everyday when I get the good word here and have my coffee before diving in to work. You guys rock!

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By Donna - NH 9 minutes ago
Happy BARACK Year to you!

And, a great big WELCOME to all of the new members of our Barack family posting here tonight. Please stay with us. We're in this together to continue this momentum that we've built and propel Barack on to wins in the coming states for "the fierce urgency of now."

"Let's go change the world."

Oh YEA!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By monica 9 minutes ago
Thank you IOWA!!!!! YOU did it!!!
That was soooooo exciting!!!!

Edwards Supporter Offers Congrats | Report to Admin Reply
By Jim from Perrysburg, OH 9 minutes ago
I jsut wanted to congratulate you all on a great win in Iowa! I am an Edwards supporter, but I much prefer Obama as my 2nd choice over Hillary! I would love to a see an Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama Democratic ticket. It would be a ticket of real change unlike a ticket with Clinton on it!

Once again, congratulate you all on the victory, and I look forward to the next debate and New Hampshire!
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By Archaeology Jim 6 minutes ago
Thank you!

I have always thought an Obama/Edwards ticket would be an amazing thing.

Thank you for your gracious reply here...

In Obama We Trust!!!

Archaeology Jim in Arizona
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By Steph from Beverly Hills, CA 6 minutes ago

thx jim and count me in as one who would take edwards over clinton..you have 2nd place it seems.....it was a good fight in Iowa .cya down in NH....lets change this country
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By Juj 2003 6 minutes ago

Jim
Thank you for your congratulations! You do your candidate proud!
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By RevD n MD 5 minutes ago

Welcome, Chuck! You've been supporting an honorable man, and we're glad to have you!
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By Ben Vos 4 minutes ago

Thanks for your gracious words. Edwards is on the right track now that he's trying to advocate for the poor and underserved in our country. I really hopes he becomes a leader in the microenterprise field and helps new business owners to get the support, healthcare, and help they need to find their American dreams.
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By Athena 2 minutes ago
Thank you Jim.

Congratulations to your candidate on his second place finish.
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By Mason City 4 Obama 2 minutes ago
thank you so much -- very nice of you to join us.
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By Ben Vos 2 minutes ago
Thanks for your gracious words. Edwards is on the right track now that he's trying to advocate for the poor and underserved in our country. I really hopes he becomes a leader in the microenterprise field and helps new business owners to get the support, healthcare, and help they need to find their American dreams.

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