Obama Wins Easily in Georgia

He gets 86% of blacks, 43% of whites; GOP too close to call
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 6:08 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows his voting receipt after voting in the Illinois Primary at the Shoesmith Elementary School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama easily won the Georgia primary today on a wave of strong black support and stronger-than-expected white support, NBC reports. Georgia is the first of 20-plus states to be called for Democrats on Super Tuesday. Exit polls gave Obama 86% of the black vote and 43% of the white vote. On the Republican side, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Mike Huckabee remained in a tight race too close to call.

Obama did so well in Georgia that he may claim up to 60 delegates out of 87, better than expected. That he got so many white votes in a Deep South state bodes well for him on a national level, NBC notes.