Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

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South Carolina's effect on the Obama campaign

Regarding the Jan. 28 article, "Can Obama extend his appeal?": I am disappointed that the article on Sen. Barack Obama's victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary attributed his win only to black voters and questioned whether he could reach white voters in other states.

Senator Obama got more votes than the combined vote totals of Sen. John McCain and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in the South Carolina Republican primary. His level of support from white men was comparable to that drawn by Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Obama has shown that he can compete in all 50 states, including Republican strongholds such as South Carolina. That's why "red- state" senators such as Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, and Tim Johnson of South Dakota have endorsed Obama in the Democratic primary. All of these states have a relatively small African-American population - clearly Democrats there understand that Obama has an appeal that can cross party lines and unify a deeply divided America.

Buddy Maupin Creal Springs, Ill.

Regarding the article on Senator Obama's South Carolina win: If Obama hopes to prevail over Hillary Clinton on Super Tuesday, he needs not more white voters in general but rather more white male voters in particular - many of whom have already left the Democratic Party. One book title says it all: "The Neglected Voter: White Men and the Democratic Dilemma," by David Paul Kuhn.

Gordon E. Finley Miami

Regarding the article, "Can Obama extend his appeal?": I have been an expert witness in several voting rights cases in South Carolina. Part of my testimony has been based on statistical analysis of voting by blacks and whites. Black candidates running in Democratic primaries against white candidates in South Carolina usually receive 90 percent of the black vote or more. Obama received only 80 percent. Such black candidates sometimes receive 25 percent of the white vote, as Obama did. …

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