Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Obama Storms to Victory in Shock Poll; (1) Low Point: Hillary Clinton after Her Defeat in the Iowa Caucuses (2) Electrifying: Barack Obama Victorious in Des Moines with Wife Michelle and Daughters Malia, Left, and Natasha. the Illinois Senator Now Looks like the Favourite to Win the Crucial New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday (3) Surprise: Mike Huckabee, Who Captured the Republican Vote, with His Wife Janet

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Obama Storms to Victory in Shock Poll; (1) Low Point: Hillary Clinton after Her Defeat in the Iowa Caucuses (2) Electrifying: Barack Obama Victorious in Des Moines with Wife Michelle and Daughters Malia, Left, and Natasha. the Illinois Senator Now Looks like the Favourite to Win the Crucial New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday (3) Surprise: Mike Huckabee, Who Captured the Republican Vote, with His Wife Janet

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Byline: DAVID COHEN

BARACK Obama stormed to a sensational victory in the first poll in therun-up to the US presidential election.

He opened the way for a black man to enter the White House by taking 38 percent of the vote in the Iowa Democratic caucuses.

The party's former frontrunner Hillary Clinton was left badly wounded, trailingin third place behind John Edwards.

The scale of today's victoryin the first test of public opinion before November's full electionmakes Mr Obama favourite for the Democrat nomination. The Republican race waswon by outsider Mike Huckabee, a guitar-playing Baptist minister, who leftMormon millionaire Mitt Romney in second place.

But it was Mr Obama's win, by a margin

Iowa, a state even his supporters had dared not hope for, that spreadshockwaves. In a rousing victory speech, flanked by wife Michelle and daughtersMalia, eight, and Natasha, six, the 46-year-old said: "We are one people.

And our time for change has come. They said this day would never come. Theysaid this country was too divided to ever come together, but at this definingmoment in history, you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do.

"This was the moment when we tore down barriers that have divided us for toolong, when we finally gave Americans who have never participated in politics areason to do so." The Illinois senatorson of a black father from Kenya and white mother from Kansaslooks set to be favourite for the Democrat primary election in New Hampshirenext week.

Democrats turned out in unprecedented numbers in Iowa220,000 compared with 120,000 in 2004after an electrifying campaign. The results showed a clash of generations, withvoters under 30 supporting Mr Obama over 60-year-old Mrs Clinton by five toone, and voters over 65 backing Clinton two to one. He also won over more womenthan Mrs Clinton and more independents, showing he is best equipped to expandthe party base.

With 29.5 per cent of the vote, Mrs Clinton was just beaten by former senatorMr Edwards, who won 29. …

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