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Obama Getting Close In South Carolina

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A shift is happening, and with Hillary going negative the shift could be even more pronounced in the coming days.

From Rasmussen:

New York Senator Hillary Clinton’s lead over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in South Carolina’s Presidential Primary has disappeared. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race shows Clinton with 36% of the vote while Obama is the top choice for 34% of the state’s Likely Primary Voters. A month ago, Clinton had a ten-point advantage. In September, the former First Lady was up by thirteen points.

Hillary’s saving grace?

Among supporters of John Edwards, Clinton is the second choice for 34% while Obama gets the nod from 16%.

Key demo shift…

Obama’s showing has improved significantly among black voters. He now attracts 51% of the African-American vote in South Carolina while Clinton picks up just 27%. A month ago, the candidates were even in this important constituency (Obama 46%, Clinton 45%). There is virtually no movement among white voters in the state–Clinton now earns 43% of the white vote, Edwards 22%, and Obama 17%.

In the South Carolina survey, African-Americans constitute 49% of Likely Democratic Primary voters.

With Obama and Oprah filling up stadiums on their Double-O tour, I can’t see how Hillary can recover from that deficit.