Momentum Makes Obama the Leader

Shift in white voters is sparking shift in black voters
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 1:04 PM CST
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead in national polls is “meaningless,” says MSNBC’s Howard Fineman, and her campaign is in danger of collapse because the race’s direction—toward Barack Obama—is what matters. Black voters are waiting to see whether Obama can win over whites in Iowa and New Hampshire, Fineman theorizes, before abandoning Clinton.

"She is in danger of losing all four early contests, including Nevada and South Carolina," Fineman writes. Indeed, black voters are gravitating toward the erstwhile underdog, the Wall Street Journal says, with four polls showing Obama leading among South Carolina African-Americans. But the Journal argues that Clinton’s constituency is more likely to go to the polls.