DES MOINES, Iowa –swept to victory in the Thursday night, pushing to third place and taking a major stride in a historic bid to become the nation’s first black president. rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to win the opening round among Republicans in the 2008 campaign for the White House.
Obama, 46 and a first-term senator from, told a raucous victory rally his triumph showed that in “big cities and small towns, you came together to say, ‘We are one nation, we are one people and our time for change has come.'”
Nearly complete returns showed the first-term lawmaker gaining 37 percent support from Iowa Democrats. Formerof appeared headed for second place, relegating Clinton, the former first lady, to a close third.
Huckabee celebrated his own victory overand a crowded Republican field. “A new day is needed in American politics, just like a new day is needed in American government,” the former Arkansas governor told cheering supporters. “It starts here, but it doesn’t end here. It goes all the way through the other states and ends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”