Race Takes Center Stage in SC

Racist call to State newspaper shines light on primary's racial angle
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 4:15 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, is greeted by a crowd as he is introduced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, during a campaign stop in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 23,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As South Carolina hits the polls today, one word looms large: race. This is, after all, the first primary state with a notable black population, which pollsters say will help boost Barack Obama to a double-digit victory. It’s also home to a newspaper that got an angry phone call for “supporting a black man for President of the United States.”

A State editor lamented, "How many white South Carolinians still think that way? Too many, if there’s only one of them." But he adds that the racist was "the exception, not the rule." Blacks are adding a racial element too, according to a pundit who analyzes their shift away from Hillary—partly because they were "shocked, insulted, and/or disappointed" by her race spat with Obama.