A Thumping. A Rout. A Landslide.

55-27! Some numbers to gnaw on:

*Obama received more votes (295,901) than all the votes cast (293,843) in the 2004 South Carolina Democratic primary.

*Turnout among college-aged voters tripled, compared to four years ago. Turnout among blacks doubled. Overall turnout was up by 75%.

*He received more votes than the top two finishers in last week’s GOP primary combined. The victor, John McCain captured 147,283 votes, while runner-up Mike Huckabee reeled in 132,440 votes.

Obama is displaying his ability to expand the electorate, a skill crucial for the general election.

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