Tech-Savvy Gen Xers Boost Obama Win
After cleaning up on the Internet, Obama captures the first prize of Election 2.0.It turns out the Internet vote was right, at least about the Democrats campaigning in the Iowa caucuses. Since the presidential campaigns lit their networks a year ago, Sen. Barack Obama quickly sparked as one of the hottest political properties on the Web. Despite trailing in the national polls to Sen. Hillary Clinton, the Illinois senator easily raced ahead of Clinton among Facebook supporters and MySpace friends and in myriad other Internet metrics.
On Jan. 3, Obama won a real political race, upsetting the tough, well-heeled Clinton campaign in the Iowa caucuses. Riding a wave of young, text-messaging, tech-savvy Generation X volunteers, Obama captured 38 percent of Iowa Democrats, who turned out in record numbers. John Edwards and Clinton finished eight points back in a virtual tie for second place.
Obama refines his tech policy. Click here to read more.Clinton, the Democrats big spender in Iowas quadrennial exercise in arcane democracy, put the best face on her disappointing finish. "We [Democrats] have seen an unprecedented turnout in Iowa, and thats good news," the New York senator said. Brushing aside the results, Clinton vowed, "I am so ready for the rest of this campaign, and I am so ready to lead." Although the Clinton campaign has stumbled badly coming out of the gate, more than a few candidates have lost in Iowa and went on to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, including her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who finished second in Iowa in his 2004 presidential bid before joining the John Kerry ticket as a vice presidential nominee, proclaimed his razor-thin Jan. 3 second-place finish over Clinton as a victory and new life for his beleaguered campaign. "This is a huge momentum change," Edwards said. "As a practical matter, the voters will now decide who is the better agent of change, me or Senator Obama." The campaigns now shift to the Jan. 8 New Hampshire primary, quickly followed by five more primaries in January and an unprecedented 22 primaries on Feb. 8.