The news channels are reporting record turnout and everything appears up in the air. I was just canvassing a heavily African-American area in downtown Charleston. It’s the kind of neighbourhood where Obama has been banking on 75% support but he’ll get nothing like that. Many voters were returning from the polling station but still wanted Hillary stickers. It also became clear that a number of young supporters who shouted Barack’s name at us were not actually registered to vote.
Meanwhile, Republican areas are also reporting strong turnouts. There’s a rumour going round that these are actual Republicans rather than swing voters who are voting Edwards as a spoiler. Certainly the native of South Carolina is looking strong in the latest polls (which wouldn’t surprise given that he’s spent more here on TV ads than the other two combined).
Some other nuggets: – the rain has held off which may favour Obama – age and gender seem to be a much better predictor of voting intention that race – this may favour Clinton – there’s a lot of tactical voting with Obama and Clinton supporters backing Edwards to keep him in the race