Change and conviction trounced money and experience in the Iowa caucuses as Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee grabbed the leading roles in the 2008 presidential contest.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's hopes of becoming the nation's first female president suffered a significant blow, and her days as the Democrats' national front-runner are over for now after her third-place finish. The New York senator faces a rough slog in coming weeks unless she manages to bounce back Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, in which she could be an underdog.
A record Democratic caucus turnout - including a large number of younger voters and liberals - responded enthusiastically to Obama's inspirational candidacy and to his call for a new style of politics in Washington. His supporters outnumbered Clinton's older, largely female backers in a generational split that, caucus-night polling showed, heralded the arrival of a new breed of Democratic voter: more independent politically and ready for government to act on problems such as giving affordable health care to millions who lack medical coverage.
Obama now has a realistic chance to become the first African-American nominated by a major party. He appears well-positioned to defeat Clinton in New Hampshire and in the first Southern primary, later this month, in South Carolina, where black voters are a dominant force. Source...