“We don’t have to be divided by race or gender…Our time has come.”
Barack Obama is giving a speech at his headquarters in Chicago and in true Obama style is inspiring his supporters as much at 11pm on the close of a day that will easily go down in history as he did at the dawn of this day. When a supporters yells to Obama that she loves him, without missing a beat he yells, “I love you back!”
And with California polls just having closed and Obama and Clinton in a head to head race for delegates that is incredibly close, today has truly lived up to its “super” status. Clinton is leading on the Democrats side in California right now with only 10% of precincts reporting. John McCain is leading the Republican pack, with Romney in second place.*
The age gap is alive and kicking. Clinton has easily won the support of voters 60 years and older across the country while Obama brought out the younger voters, 18-29 years old in droves. Meanwhile, black voters – 8 out of 10 of them – voted for Obama.
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As I put my young children to bed this evening, listening to Hillary Clinton speak at her headquarters, I drew a breath. I told my children that they were listening to an amazing moment in political history. A woman has never come this far. An African-American man has never come this far. We have already won – all of us – Americans everywhere have won.
And here’s a quick recap of the states won and lost thus far before I sign off myself:
Clinton has won: Arkansas, Tennessee, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma
Obama has won: Georgia, Colorado, Illinois, Utah, Minnesota, Connecticut, Kansas, Alabama, Idaho, North Dakota and Delaware
*California has been called for Hillary Clinton and John McCain though the delegate count won’t be known until tomorrow at some point.
Not yet able to call for the Demorats yet: Arizona, Missouri, California
Total delegates awarded thus far today: Obama – 211 awarded Clinton – 206 delegates awarded
Popular votes – 100,000 popular vote difference between Obama and Clinton.