Hillary Clinton was already far away when the South Carolina result was announced, campaigning in Tennessee. This is one of the more than 20 states – representing more than half of America – that hold primaries on February 5, so-called “super Tuesday”. Clinton remains ahead in the race, but Obama is now hard on her shoulder again, and has regained momentum.
Most states will not offer Obama such a large African-American population to mine, but it appears Hillary has serious worries. The former first lady has to broaden her appeal, as it seems she mainly enjoys a clear lead among older voters, while other social groups are heeding Obama’s message of change. It seems this year America is ready for that, but it is unclear if people believe Clinton can deliver it.