Black Women Face Tough Choice

By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Oct 14, 2007 2:22 PM CDT
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, talks with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by the South Carolina State University...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – South Carolina’s real Democratic debate is going down in the hair salon, where the New York Times informally polled black women on their split allegiances to Hillary and Obama. Maternal fondness for Barack may work against him—one won’t vote for him because “I fear that they just would kill him.” Black women are a crucial 29% of the state's primary voters.

The Democratic candidates swept through the area earlier this month. Clinton may have an edge because she is familiar and her Southern husband is beloved in the area. Though difficult to pin down because of the torn allegiances between race and gender, most were thrilled with the choice: “Either way, it’s history. So let’s see what history going to bring in.”