Thursday, January 3, 2008

Iowa Caucus Results are In!

Ahh, caucusing. Politicians began their campaigns well over a year ago, and we’re now down to the final moments (read: months) of battles from within each party…

As I don’t have TV to watch from home and decided to stay home and attempt to keep working (read: attempt- I was far too distracted by the caucuses to actually get any work done), I found myself constantly refreshing internet pages to see the results as they poured in of the first night of primaries: The Iowa Caucus.

The Democrats at least had it together for persons like myself who were anxiously awaiting results from the internet. offered results as they came in, automatically updating every 30 seconds. I was surprised to find Edwards in a strong lead in the beginning, with Hillary in an (almost) close second and Obama in a far third. This didn’t last long, though, as gaps were quickly closed and by 8:00 Clinton was pushed back into third place where I predicted she’d be, with Edwards slowly falling further behind Obama. By the time all results were in by 10pm, the results were as follows:
Obama 38%
Edwards 30%
Clinton 29%

The Republicans did not have such a friendly site... I eventually found a neutral site, but their statistics were slow and not as up-to-date. It did have Huckabee in a decent lead from the beginning, though, just as I expected. He maintained this lead throughout the night, and by 8:20 they were calling it a win for him. While Huckabee had a similar % vote to the Democratic ‘winner’ Obama, the rest of the Republican vote was much more split. The results as such:
Huckabee 34%
Romney 26%
Thompson 13%
McCain 13%
Paul 10%

No big surprises here... I did expect Edwards to do a little better, but as you can see below, this is pretty much what I predicted. Nothing like a kick-off to a new year with early elections!

This is so beautiful, truly even though this is only the first of many primaries, this is a huge step for our nation. "Stand for Change" is Obama's slogan, and indeed change has begun. For the first time since 1988 (Jesse Jackson), a primary has been won by an African American. Hillary Clinton- a woman- is still in the top running, practically tied for second place in the Democratic race. Of the top 3, only ONE is our typical "white male" - how beautiful is that?!?!

Obama began his Victory speech with this:
“They said this day would never come. They said our sights were set to high. They said this country was too divided, too disillusioned to ever come together under a common person…On this night, you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do..."
Well friends, "they" were wrong. Praise God for the big wins and the united front with record highs in turn-outs to the [Democratic] primaries. Republicans, Democrats, Independents alike all came together- I have never before seen such a united front for any candidate on either side. This gives me hope.

If you wish to see all the final results (better than the "neutral site" I used above), I thought this local news broadcaster did a great job updating all night as well. (and of course... within hours, every national news station will have the results listed as well).

Peace be with you as we move forth and anxiously move forward to more nights like this one as we continue to seek the change our nation needs.

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