September 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

95% white Iowa keeps backing Obama

Barack Obama spoke at a campaign event at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.(PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Seems like a long time ago. January 3, 2008. That night, in the dead of winter, the earth moved in Iowa.

In freezing temperatures, Iowans gathered all across the state for their caucuses. Nobody was looking for any big surprises. Hillary Clinton figured she'd win in a walk. She didn't even bother to campaign there much. But a political unknown had worked his tail off in the Hawkeye state. And when the votes were counted, an improbable journey began.

Barack Obama was on his way, given a huge tailwind by a state that is 95% white. In fact, that night on CNN I remarked that "the only place whiter than Iowa is the North Pole." And Iowans' love for the man from Illinois has remained as rock solid as their principles.

Once again Iowa is at the forefront in this presidential campaign. In the latest CNN/Time Magazine/ Opinion Research Corporation poll out yesterday, Obama has surged to a commanding 15 point lead over John McCain. 55% Obama to 40% for John McCain. Iowa was rated a toss-up until yesterday, and with the way the electoral map is shaping up these new numbers are huge for Obama.

On CNN's electoral map, both Iowa and Minnesota have now been changed from toss-up to leaning Obama, putting the most unlikely candidate for president in our nation's history tantalizingly close to the magic electoral 270 votes needed for election. There are still eight weeks to go, but make no mistake. If Obama goes all the way, white people in Iowa will be a big part of the reason why.

Here’s my question to you: How important is it that Iowa, which is 95% white, remains firmly behind Barack Obama?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. garrick

    hi jack
    thats great,at least we know they dont see color,like places like west virginia that still have laws against blacks,it also shows hes the right candidate for the job,without being a old white guy.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  2. Caroline, Hamer SC

    Very ! We need more like them they are very smart not to be listening to the McCain and Palin because they know it will be the same as we have had for 8 years. I'm white and will vote for Obama

    September 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  3. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    It is important to note that they grow more than corn in Iowa, they also grow intelligent people. That would be the people that know the diffence between " still the same McCain and "His Pit Bull"" and "The Real Deal Obama and experience"

    St. Augustine, Fl

    September 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  4. Kate, NV

    The reason Iowa is behind Obama is because he supports the real issues that are facing America. He supports tax cuts for middle class and poor. He supports creating American jobs and incentives for keeping jobs in America. He is a truthful leader and his words speak the truth. Race doesn't matter and it shouldn't. With the internet you can't lie anymore but I think the GOP doesn't get it because they continue to lie. I guess that makes sense since the top of their ticket doesn't even use the internet. The McCain/Palin think we as Americans are ignorant. McCain/Palin is out of touch and the people of Iowa are smart enough to see it!

    September 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  5. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    These are people who are thinking about the economy, the Bush induced war, issues that are really important. They are not thinking about the color of Obama's skin and they are not listeniing to the Rove tactics the McCain campaign has adopted. I would say to people living in Iowa the country should follow your example and quit listening to the rantings of an out of touch Republican candidate and his new attack dog.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  6. BillD

    It's important because it shows how skewed/misleading the polls are that show this presidential race as being closer than it really is. Obama's appeal is beyond race. The people of Iowa are intelligent enough to see that and to understand that McCain won't change much if anything. If you want a more accurate sampling of what the rest of America thinks, stop polling only people with "land line" telephones. A huge demographic is being left out by not polling the cell-phone only crowd of people under 40.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  7. Betty Jane Tampa, FL

    Iowians know that we need a change and it is not found on the Republican ticket. The fact that Iowa is 95% white and strongly back Obama/Biden speaks volumes to both parties. Talk is cheap but listening to cheap shots and then voting because of rhetoric is self destructive...

    September 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  8. Marie Ontario

    Well Jack it's more important to your country's image than it is to Obama himself. It shows people are placing more emphasis on issues than innuendos and a strong desire to bring America into the 21st century with other modern societies.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  9. Jim in British Columbia

    Also it might be pointed out that 50% of those white Iowans are women. Smart women, obviously.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  10. Cathy, Illinois

    It's imperative that Iowa supports Obama/Biden. We can't afford to fall for an exciting speech that says nothing of sustance. McCain/Palin still only offer more of what we got. And, we already know that isn't working.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  11. CincinnatiDarling

    Hopefully they will. I was impressed way back during the VERY first caucus that they stood firm in voting for Obama! It was a defining moment in his campaign. For it to be several months later and well into the General Election and they STILL are showing their support for him speaks VOLUMES about the citizens of Iowa! Hang in there Iowa with the rest of us...it's almost over.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  12. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I absolutely love the voters of Iowa. I never dreamed that in this middle America farm and heartland state there were so many racially blind, fair and un-bias people. For your open minded fairness, LOVE YOU IOWA.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    It represents HOPE that America can finally get past the sickness of racism. Iowans must be really intelligent and educated people. Let's hope other states follow in supporting OBAMA/BIDEN to straighten out this country!

    September 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  14. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I don’t think it matters much. How many people in Iowa again. That’s not even enough to cancel out the millions of radical religious right wingers.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Very important. I am a big fan of the Music Man. The play of course takes place in Iowa. We are used to thinking positively of Iowans as down to earth folks with good common sense.

    They are choosing on the basis of ability nothing else should enter in.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  16. frank from phoenix

    Jack, its important that while the votes in many states will be influenced by race at least somewhat, Iowa is not one of them. It speaks volumes for how far America has come.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Susan, Atlanta GA

    Iowa voters are really important in this election because they reflect the fact that this isn't an election about race... it's about the best candidate who can get us out of this mess and back on track!

    September 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  18. Sue -Idaho

    I believe that the majority of the sane people in this country can see how it's going down the tubes, they aren't buying into the whole religious right zealot stuff, after last night's speech by Palin, that's all they have, they can't address the real issues which their party has created, the demise of our Country, so they try and make it about abortion and patriotisim. Not going to work this time out, the people of Iowa White and Black and every other color know that.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  19. Shawn

    It means the people of Iowa are smart and can see through the snake oil that the McCaian campaign is trying to sell America. Jack i was raised right accross river in Illinois, went to college in Iowa, and worked part of my adult life in Iowa. The people there are friendly, nice, and smart. They don't care what color your skin is as long as you are law abiding and a hard worker.
    I now live in Phoenix, AZ and let tell John McCain has got to be one of the laziest , do-nothing Senators around. Somewhere in his job desciption he thinks he is supposed to appear on every Sunday morning talk show instead of serving his constituants.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  20. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    I suppose he can win the election without carrying the state, but how he is doing in Iowa is probably a very good sign of how he is doing amongst all white voters, especially women, so if he starts to lose them in Iowa, he could be losing them in those key four toss-up states that he needs (Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, and Virginia), but if my math is right, he could lose IA and get those 4 and he still wins! But, best not to say anything against ethanol!

    September 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  21. Grace

    This says to me Jack that there are smart people in Iowa and they should spread their knowledge...They know of Obamas great works in the state senate of Illinois and his work in the national congress.

    Obama is not afraid to role up his sleeves to get the job done – by the way Sarah Palin that's what us community organizers do...we get in the thick of the dirt to do the work...we don't add water and sling the mud to say "look everyone I can get dirty too"...

    Iowans believe in the dream...to judge a man (this case a candidate) by the content of his character and not the color of his skin! We need real people – with real solutions...Obama and Biden offer that...McCain and Palin don't....


    September 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  22. Andrea, Maryland

    It's very important. Jack, the joke is over. McCain isn't doing anything but hiding behind this woman's skirts. He doesn't have a platform to run on and the clowns he had speaking for him last night are better than the ones in the circus. Rudy Guiliani in particular who had his wife and girlfriend living in the same house at the same time. Yeah....um hum. Like I said, what a joke. All of them have the same fleas.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  23. Kerry Diehl

    Lets ask this question again a little later down the road. Give the Iowa folks some time for this all to sink in.

    My guess is last nights speech by Sarah Palin along with John McCain's speech tonight may finally separate the discrediting Bush/McCain comparison and link.

    If there are doubts, for us the forgotten middle class, about John McCain's desires for changing and reforming the political process, Sarah Palin's previous activities, determination and abilities WILL ... "Git 'er done".

    kerry diehl
    grosse ile, mi

    September 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  24. cy gardner

    I'm 100% white (I'm pretty sure) and I support Sen. Obama. What's the big deal? cy arlington va

    September 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  25. pat in Ky.

    What a question! It's vital – just like every other vote he can get in every other state!

    September 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  26. Jackie in Dallas

    Critical, not just important. One thing about Palin, she speaks to the small-town good-ole-boys, and Obama HAS to have them to win. Iowa is a good indicator state. They look to be bypassing the color of his skin, and instead considering what he can do for them...and they need him to! Our farmers, small businesses, and small towns need an upgrade in infrastructures like roads, bridges, railroads in order to survive. If they can focus on the fact that a multimillionare and a governor of a state whose only industry is oil are NOT likely to care about their needs, then Obama's doing his job right.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  27. Nick

    Just means that the media needs to stop saying he has a problem with white voters mayeb he just has a problem in Appalachian since hes also winning in MINN WISC and of course ILL his home state is like 70% white.
    Maybe the people in the midwest and the coast think different that Appalachain. and maybe we should figure out why ?

    September 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  28. Pat, Greenville, Ohio

    That a dream has finally come true, that a man can be judge by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. And also Iowans do understand how Bush has destroyed the economy of this beautiful country we live in.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  29. cy gardner

    I hope that people who are on the fence will look to Iowa and realize that Iowans got to see a lot of Sen.Obama up close and personal over a series of months and they love him. I hope people will pay some attention to that and not so much to the monstrous hypocrisy and lies that are the modus operandi of the GOP cy arlington va

    September 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
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    September 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  31. Louise L.Gallone

    Jack, It tells me that Hillary was wrong again!! Hard working, white, middle class voters will vote for Obama!! I am so proud of them and proud to be a member of that class.

    Louise Fort Wayne, Indiana

    September 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  32. Rose in Az

    That could all change soon, you know how quickly polls can turn around. They haven't met Sarah Palin yet. I think Penn. will love her too, she happens to be one of those gun toting Bible clingers that Obama mentioned behind (what he thought) closed doors.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  33. Terry in Hanover County

    I hope to live long enough to see a day when race doesn't matter in this country. As to Iowa, ask CNN to spring for a ticket and go to Iowa and ask the voters there. I hear it's a pretty state. Maybe take the rest of us with you because never before during an election season have I felt I needed a vacation so badly.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  34. Robert Carter

    It is CRITICAL that Obama maintain his hold on Iowa. What this means is that America has grown up. The Rovian tactics are not going to work this time. Iowa is a sign that America is finally becoming what it was always meant to be. A multi-cultural people with leaders that understand the needs of ALL people, not just the priveliged few.

    Bel Air, Maryland

    September 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  35. Jay-Mississippi

    Completely important. It helps to dismiss that he is the black candidate and he is just the Democratic nominee for President. I am very happy and proud of Iowa for standing their ground. Perhaps West Virginia will come around.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  36. Charles in Desoto TX

    Its huge and a breath of rare fresh air! I nearly suffocated last night from the air that filled my house while watching Pitbull Palin. The Iowa voters are the type of white americans that have enabled all americans to enjoy freedom equally............Because it is the right and moral thing to do. Palin for Saturday Night Live!!!!!!!!!!!! Not VP.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  37. J. Weidenbach

    Nicely written blog, Jack.

    It's very important. In 2004, G. W. Bush won the state by a margin of less than 1%. This time around, Iowa recognizes that the leader who is best for them is Senator Obama who fits perfectly with their state motto; "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain".

    September 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  38. Vinnie Vino

    It is very important he needs them to win. Like we need air to live...

    C.I., New York

    September 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  39. Marielle Thomas (Atlanta, GA)

    It shows that they are listening and agree with his policies and issues. It shows that they are not falling for the stupidity and the lies of the Republican party. It shows that the right man for the job was chosen by the Democratic party.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  40. Jenny Rome Ga

    Maybe the good people of Iowa threw aways their guns and are now clinging to hope and religion? Just a thought.

    Sorry for repost major typo.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  41. Rikki

    Iowa makes me proud and sends a very powerful message. This is especially refreshing considering there were about 4 people of color at the republican convention last night.

    Rikki ~ Oakley, California

    September 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  42. daniel

    Iowa suport Obama! that tell you something is going to change in America. is under way

    September 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Sydney Slater

    It is very important. No one ever thought that Iowa would take a crucial role in this election. Iowa set the tone for Barack Obama, and we are proud to do so. Iowa is the the heartland of U.S. and this heart is with Obama and Biden

    Obama/Biden 08

    Sydney in Pella, Iowa

    September 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    Jack you seems to be the only rational and objective writer currently working with CNN.
    Keep up the good work!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  45. Maura in Mpls

    It's very important, Jack. They know him better than voters in any other state, given how much he campaigned there in the primaries. It means he has strong rural support, where they care about issues like alternative energy (ethanol), infrastructure, the GI Bill and the Farm Bill. Maybe now the pundits can shut up about white vs. black voter support.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  46. Tara Favazza

    We should all wake up and look at why Iowa is supporting an Obama/Biden ticket. It's the real issues. Sarah Palin is a great speaker but who needs a comedian during these tough times!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  47. James from Virginia

    The great people of Iowa are not blinded by what is going on in the world today. That is what it means.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  48. Saroop Nagra

    Jack its huge because it counters the republican approach. Consider the republican convention, did you notice the audience? Did you notice the speakers? Did you notice who the speeches were targeted towards? White, white, and white. I think it just might backfire on them.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  49. mike, ohio

    It means that Iowans get it! They aren’t fooled by all of the spins, trends and hoopla for instance, drill here drill now. If any state in this union votes a majority for a Republican President and Administration after the horrible 4-8 years that they have put us through, they get what they deserve. You don’t reward a child when they are bad, why should we reward our politicians?

    September 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  50. joseph jacir, chapel hill NC

    It is not a question of black or white.IOWA will vote for Obama and Obama will win.The country will not take the bait and vote for McCain because of Sarita.She is an empty lot

    September 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  51. Kay

    So much for Sarah Palin's pandering to small town America. Iowa shows we're a lot smarter than the Republicans think.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  52. Steven J. Johnson

    Iowa knows the same thing a lot of in rural (and all of) America know.... That as a country we have a ton of problems that need addressed and not ignored. After 8 years of living in a disaster movie we need CHANGE! The old divisive poltics are out and we want to come together and change things once and for all

    September 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  53. Brenda Freeman

    Guess Iowan's are just plain stupid, you betcha!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  54. Viv C.

    Iowan's are the heart and soul of America and are firmly rooted in American values which should transcend politics. Having Iowa holding strong for Obama sends a vital message to the rest of the nation that having a vision which is inclusive for all Americans can empower us to work together to solve the huge problems we have. I hope they continue to be the guide for this journey -to-change that we desperately need.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  55. Truth

    Iowans pay attention to the candidate. Few of them listen to lunatics and bigots such as Sean Hannity. By the way, i am naming my daughter Iowa. Iowa made history

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  56. KM

    As an African American, I was and still to a small degree, skeptical that my fellow white americans can elect a qualified African American to the highest office in the land. I must admit that when I hear or read articles such as this, that tells me that WE have come a long way in race relations and that people do care about the issues oppose to someone's color or background.

    Thank you Iowa for proving me wrong.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  57. Jesus 1st

    Iowa whites finally understanding how Republicans used the race to gain power and tossed everyone on the side after getting into whitehouse. These people are the main sufferer.

    Republicans are with religion – but they commit most corruption and lie to go to war.

    Republicans poses high moral standard – but their unmarried daughters are getting pragnant in the street.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  58. Stephen

    It means, Jack, that some people have a brain and they know that we can't afford another 4 years of nonsense from Bush, er, I'm sorry, the George McCain camp. It also means that people are sorry they didn't listen to Al Gore 8 years ago when he tried to warn them. Yes, the introduction of Sarah Palin does energize the conservative base to the point of irrationality. HOWEVER, McCain will need more than just the base in order to win this election. And once independents and unsure democrats see how far right his VP pick is on the issues (her stance against abortion even in cases of incest and rape), they will be out in full force to vote for Obama in November.

    By the way, relax some, Jack. You look tense lately.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  59. Bob


    It's hugely important and negates the strategy; first offered by Hillary, and now by McCain/Palin, that Obama cannot win the white, small-town America vote. An increasing number of white voters are being turned-off by the McCain campaigns negative, angry, and sarcastic personal attacks on Obama. Palin gave a great performance reading from a 5-days-in-the-making speech on Thursday; but it's cynical and negative tone, devoid of content and policy, will backfire with the average voter.

    New Brunswick, Canada

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  60. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Very important Jack. it clearly demonstrates that the midwest, white middle class voter is not necessarly addicted to the republican philosophy. Or perhaps they are intelligent enough not fall in line with the koool-aide drinking Bush-McCain republicans.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  61. Ted Roberts


    Good thing Iowa is not in the South. Its about time folks look at the candidate for what they say and not all the other issues dealing with race and gender.

    Ted Roberts, Glen MS

    September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  62. matt, Las Vegas


    I think Iowa is important. The people of Iowa have set a precedent that most of the country needs to follow, that is to not view color or ideology as a basis, instead use common sense to grasp the issues at hand and discern who will be best to lead.

    I think white people and everyone else in our great nation have not yet fallen to the vote for what you fear approach and have adopted the vote for what you need and can be approach instead.


    Las Vegas, NV

    September 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  63. Todd Medley

    It shows that the good people of Iowa continue to put country first.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  64. Kelly


    The heartland of America has it right again!! They know that we can not survive 4 more years of the same. Iowans know that the rhetoric that was offered up last night are not the solutions that we need as a nation. We need real change and real solutions. Thats the message that the people of Iowa hear from Obama! Its not about skin color or your gender! Its about understanding Americans! I'm white and a female and I get it!! McCain and Palin offer only more of the same!!! The change we needs lies with Obama & Biden!!! Go Iowa!!!!

    Kelly Lincoln, Nebraska

    September 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  65. Bernadette

    Jack please help me out here, but when I read the words of Jesus I don't think he would agree with these so called Christians that judge people, promote hate, also Jack if people really listen to Obama he dose not teach hate he teaches accepptence wanting people to get along and not judge but to try and work our difference out. That's the words I thought Jesus would want Christains to teach, I know the republicans call him liberal.for teaching the true words. What's this that Palins pastor said that God started this war?? Something is really wrong when you call a man (BUSH) that starts a war God? Palin should do her homework and not just read what Carl Rove wrote for her, She really lied about Obama record, Yep she fits right in with the gop, lies, and distrotion.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  66. Suzie Scott in Toronto

    Contrary to popular belief, mid-western farmers and small-town inhabitants appreciate intelligence and grace and don't give a damn about skin color. I know. I was raised there.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  67. JW Georgia

    It has nothing to do with race. As much as it might raise CNN ratings for there to be a race issue, it's all about economy and moving away from the ridiculous and non-functioning policies of one George W. Bush and the party which let him get away with continuing those policies.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  68. Matt

    I saw four McCain signs up last Thursday, and all were gone by Monday. The issues matter to Iowans, not an upstart bashing two men who've been hard at it for eighteen months.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  69. Tom in Desoto Texas

    I'm caucasian, I'm 59. I'm a Vietnam Veteran with 2 bronze stars, and even though I'm not in Iowa I will be voting for Obama, even though the rest of Texas probably won't.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  70. Cindy

    It tells me Iowans are different from Tennesseeans and West Virginians. Was watching the people being interviewed on the floor at the RNC... talking about how Palin looks so good and so presidential... I couldn't help but think they probably don't see Obama as presidential, because his skin color didn't match theirs, like Sarah's did. It disturbed me.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  71. Jay in Texas

    Ask yourself when Iowa played a deciding role in a general election for president and you will have your answer.
    Brownwood, Texas

    September 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  72. Ron (Peoria)

    What other choice is there? Someone should inform McCain that the Constitution was written to put "People First". What value does a country by itself have. "It's the People", John.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  73. Jonathan, Detroit, MI

    How important is Iowa? It's worth 7-delegates, which means it's more important than Montana and Wyoming, but not as important as Alabama or South Carolina. No more, no less.

    How important is it that Iowa is 95% white? It's not important at all, because people voting white or black – they're electing a president.

    Too much talk about white-black/male-female...

    September 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  74. Eric

    Pretty simple. Two main reasons:

    First, he spent a lot of time campaigning there, so people actually got a real chance to hear him, answer their questions and share their concerns. After that, it is pretty difficult to pretend he's an elistist.

    Second, the GOP smear machine (and to a lesser degree, Clinton's ) had not yet started with their vicious lies. I'm pretty sure that you won't find in Iowa many among the 12% of idiots who think Obama is a muslim or that wearing a flag pin is a true sign of being patriotic.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  75. Peter Jirasek

    From having lived in Iowa for three years while attending college I learned a few things about these very warm and straight forward people, two of which make it very unsurprising that they back Obama.

    1) Electing liberal democrats in Iowa is nothing new, they sent democrats Dick Clarke and Tom Harkin to the US senate in years past

    2) they have for many years had a strong union membership

    Go Hawks!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  76. Aaron WV

    It says a lot, Jack. There are even rumblings in my state of WV that he's gaining ground with white voters.
    Sarah Palin's speech last night has yet to be fully evaluated here, but It will only excite her base.
    If she was courting undecideds and independents, I imagine they felt like all they got was a hot one night stand instead of a long term relationship.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  77. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    Is Iowa important, yes–every state is "important"...why should one faction (besides electoral votes) be any more important than another.

    The smart hardworking, white middle class voters... we're part of that.

    Race should not matter. Sex (male/female) should not matter.

    The media frenzy (like sharks after blood) should not matter.

    How the candidates present themselves, and realistically what can they "do" as far as keeping the promises they make (and saying what they think we want to hear).
    So far, the Democrats have not said what I want to hear.
    Obama-Biden just doesn't make a good enough case and their "blaze of glory" convention probably cost enough to support a small country!
    all that was missing was the "crown/sceptor/robe". Was Iowa watching that mess?

    September 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  78. Penny

    We as Americans reagrdless of color must beat back the tide of hatred to address the challenges that the country faces.

    No one group can do it alone. America is hated, ridiculed and scorned around the world, so the focus must be on building up the country.

    No more can Americans allow the Republicans to continue destroying this country with lies, division and hatred.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  79. Elizabeth, Clarksville, TN

    Iowa may have launched Barack's campaign, but I don't believe for one minute that they are the ones keeping it afloat. Too many people across this country have jumped onboard the Obama ship. The sails are flying high and the McCain ticket couldn't beat Barack even if McCain promised to have an all woman cabinet. With the momentum of Obama/Biden, they will coast to victory.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  80. Bob F

    White, Black, Green or Purple!! What does it matter? What we need is someone who will lead this country into prosperity, set an energy policy for now and the future and keep our countries position as a world leader, not an appeaser! We need to vote for a candidate has the experience to do that, not a color.
    Bob F
    Ocala Fl.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  81. Raphael

    I think its great that many people of Iowa still back Barack, like so many others have stated in emails it does give us all who appreciate it that glimmer of hope of how america was truely intended and should be some day.if you are the best choice of anything no matter race religion or gender you can be unbiasedly chosen. on the other hand the real test will be this november if clear headed and registered voters are enough to topple this regime of some ill informed and some right wing and fundalmentalist radicals.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  82. Christina

    I guess it wasn't just an "eloquent speech" that grabbed Iowan voters. Note to Republicans: we aren't as dumb as you think!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  83. Rebecca of Fremont, CA

    One word, PROGRESS!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  84. Julie from CA

    We LOVE YOU IOWA!!!!

    And (because it can never be said enough)...


    September 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  85. Dennis Bagwell - Jefferson Georgia

    Vote Obama/Biden, not McSame and whats her name

    September 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  86. Raphmadu

    Jack, i think the people of Iowa are educated and know the real challenges that America is facing today. Let's be serious, compare to Obama and McCain there are so many differences on the issues.
    Obama's campaign talks about the real issues which the country is facing and the McCain doesn't. So you tell me, Iowa and like in many parts of the states are voting this 2008 based on issues and not race.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  87. Danielle

    I think what the people of Iowa realize is that the Obama/Biden team put forward ideas that can work for the majority of our citizens and not just the wealthy. It hasn't been mentioned a lot although watching the Obama video at the convention showed it – Obama was raised by his white mother and white grandparents. He had some insight into his Kenyan heritage but he was shaped by the people who raised him – a single white mother and her parents. If anyone understands how to live in both cultures he should. He can see things from all sides rather than being locked into one cultural view. The Demoncrats have put forward ideas for programs and changes to move the country away from the partisanship that the Republicans have developed into an artform over the last 8 years. Palin's speech last night only promises us more of the same. I don't know about anyone else but the toting around of the baby with Down's Syndrome was a little over the top for me and Cindy McCain holding and cooing to him like a Madonna made me sick. Whay wasn't that baby asleep in his bed rather than being passed around like a football. The Republicans platform seems to be McCain was a war hero 40 years ago and therefore he deserves the Presidency. My question is – "John, what have you really done for us lately?"

    September 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  88. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Why does it only have to be the white people in Iowa backing Obama? As an Independent, I was undecided about who I was going to vote for in November. How can only a phone call allow you to decide that person is right for the important role of VP? This white person will now be voting for Obama and a very qualified Joe Biden..

    September 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  89. Michele Pierre

    Iowa people are educated and have great taste. Obama is a rough diamond, every bit of my heart tells me, he is the one to lead us in this critical time. He is the best thing that can happen to this country at this time of war and economic desaster, because he can reconcile us internationally and that's what we need; otherwise we won't be able to catch up with the growing powers of the world. As a foreigner resident of the US, I know exactly how big of an asset Obama is for US. US is blessed to have him. It would kill me to see this wonderful country lose face by letting people like Obama, Hillary, Biden, Clinton ....down just because of an ex second rank beauty queen like S. Palin and McCain who was a prisonner of war about 40 years ago. Since when ex prisonners of war were to be rewarded by making them president of a country, there are plenty of other ways he can be rewarded and being a senator was and still remain one of them, now it's time for Obama to bring us some fresh air
    St. Petersburg, FL

    September 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  90. FAYE LV, NV

    Iowa knows good when they hear it and trust that someone is really concerned about our welfare. They are willing to support a person who believes this country and USA people deserve more.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  91. cranston

    I doubt that is true. Never the less Iowa is 7 electoral votes. Cafferty is not a true anaylyst. Just another mouth piece for his own political belifs.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  92. Joseph

    What Obama abilities are you people talking about you people are out of your minds talks is not going to change a thing, you'll see.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  93. sheila, littleton, colorado

    intellegent people. Love your beautiful state. May God Bless you!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  94. Kristen, Iowa

    I was raised in Iowa and still live there today. Iowans have always taken their role as the first causus state very seriously. They take time off from the farm, the factories, and offices to go watch candidates when they come to speak. Many take the time to research and educate themselves about the ins and outs of the candidates' plans. They have seen enough candidates come and go to know political ads, rhetoric, and mudslinging are a waste of time. I truly hope other midwestern states will follow Iowa's example.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  95. cindy

    Go Iowa. Does anyone besides me notice there seems to be a whole lot of white people at the RNC? One of the greatest observations for me during the DNC was unity!! It was all over. I was so proud to be an american last week. This week I am grinning and baring whats going on. This to shall pass!!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  96. Marjorie Lominy

    Maybe I should move to Iowa...they seem to be quite intelligent there: Not the color of your skin but the content of your character.
    Go Iowa!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  97. Terri, Canada

    Iowans were wise and ready to take a chance on a newcomer who worked hard for their attention. They set a fine primary kick-off example in all ways for the rest of the United States, and will always be important for that alone. Amazing how quickly we forget.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  98. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Beacuse Iowans unlike people in say Texas can see the real article and not be sucked in by " Rambo" like tactics. As an american I am embarrassed about what took place last night. It's fine to attack your opponet but you also need to be resonsible with the attacks and , and provide some subsatance of your own. All the Republican party did was energize themselves and try to bring their base together....the rest of the country..well they can see through the facade, you cant hide or wipe away eight years....and McCain went along with 95% of it. Does it really matter about Palin? She would be a Veep and last time I checked we are not electing a VEEP as much as a President. Its going to come down to Obama and McCain and McCain does not have a leg to stand on.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  99. Al, Lawrence KS

    It means 7 electoral votes...nothing more...nothing less. Hate to be cynical but it's all in the math. Show me 10 more and I'll start cheering.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  100. Raj

    I feel Iowan are the real troubleshooting persons and they really have feel the problem of the country from the heart. Stick on it I am also with you.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  101. Freedom Sithole

    Hi Jack
    After its all said and done they know what is at stake and they know that the GOp candidates will swing with times. Isn't it funny, McCain was against Tax cuts and now is for Tax cuts, Sarah was for the bridge to no-way and she is now agaunst it McCain needs to be educated on the economy and Sarah needs a whole bunch of education how long is that gonna take 10-20yrs

    September 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  102. Matt

    Iowa will wake up before Nov 4th and vote for McCain Watch and see Jack.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  103. E.P. Stewart

    They should "hope" they're as smart as Obama. They could begin by writing their own speeches like he does!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  104. Geoff, Missouri

    Iowans get it, hats off to 'em. They are obviously very in tune with what's going on in the country with regards to the economy, the Iraq war, etc.
    Just another note: Isn't Leslie Sanchez (CNN commentator) the most annoying person and worst liar you're ever seen or is it just me? Everything that comes out of her mouth is partisan...how can anyone take woman seriously?

    September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  105. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    There are biased people all over and not always just with blacks. I've lived all over the U.S. and I have to say I have met good people and biased people in every place. I am a 64, caucasion, blue collar, female who was a single mom and had to work 2 and 3 jobs at times, and I believe in taking care of your family, but that is not exclusive to the self-righteous right wingers. They use "liberal" and "democrat" as if it is a dirty word, but who was playing around with Cindy while still married, who left his 3 kids for his wife to take care of for Cindy. And he called Sen. Obama's two adorable children "brats". He should have taken care of his own half as well, and I don't mean by just throwing money at them. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones, no matter how many houses they have.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  106. angie

    Change is coming go barack go joe!!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  107. RENEA

    it is because Drill Drill Drill McCain is not a ethanol man. McCain does want to send 700 million overseas yet he does mind sending American drilled oil overseas.McCain voted against a bill that forced the oil companies to keep and sell American drilled oil in the USA. Instead thanks to McCain American drilled oil is now sold on the World Oil Market not the USA oil market. Country First McCain except when it comes to American Drilled Oil.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  108. Mitch

    McCain keeps talking about his experience as a POW. McCains first wife was the real POW. If he was a real leader with real character he would have stayed by his firts why. He has bad character at best.

    His VP pick should go home and take care of her children and current job. I couldn't get anything out of her speech because I kept thinking about her 17 year old pregnant daughter and new born baby.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  109. Colin, Georgia

    Very important, considering Iowa is a potential swing state. It's also important that the people of Iowa don't see color, as many others above noted. It shows that although some places in this country still have a long way to go, others are leading the way!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  110. JMiller knoxville TN

    simple put, much to the dismay of the repubicans people of all races are paying attention to the issues..and how it relates to their lives. the republicans have had 3nights of convention speaches and have not talked to anyone making 50k or less a year...regardless of racial issues that we have , we all want our country back...Go Obama

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  111. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It's an indicator that for once, issues will rule the day and not the politics of fear and divisiveness that the Republicans are once again relying on.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  112. Gord Kavanagh

    It means that you won't be able to attribute Obama's defeat to racism.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  113. Kyle, NYC

    As long as the Republican's remain divisive, elitist, war mongerers it shouldn't matter whether Iowa is for Obama or not. I hope the US wakes up and realizes that 8 years of division, war and hate is enough and votes for someone who can unite this country. After last night's spectacle, McCain and Palin can't expect to accomplish much with this Democratically controlled congress. I certainly wouldn't work with them.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  114. Pippie in Prunedale, CA

    Dear Mr. Cafferty, I love word problems. It's very important because it proves one of the basic laws of algebra. This is clearly a prime example of special interest Transitive Logic…you know, A = B and B = C, therefore A = C. 95% of all Iowans are also corn farmers. Corn is the essential ingredient in ethanol. Barack Obama supports ethanol production. Therefore, white Iowan corn farmers are firmly behind Obama. Are you impressed? I hope my algebra teacher is watching…she would be so proud.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  115. Marion Solomon

    Governor Sarah Palin can say what she wants with a prepared speech in front of her. I want her to Debate Senator Joe Biden and see how Great she really is. She does not have the more experience than the entire Democratic ticket. Her 2 years of experience has nothing on the Democratic ticket. Just who does she think she is anyway? Besides a great family, I don't see anything that she has done to jump out that she will be a great Vice President. She needs to go back to Alaska and run for something greater, Like the Senator for Alaska.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  116. golda

    this elections will not be about race nor character but issues,and thats the reason iowa is backing obama,and when sarah,hits the media and others get to see her lack of experience and education many will put country first andsupport obama.
    golda georgia.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  117. sjIowa

    Here in Iowa we choose based on fairness, reality and truth, regardless of color, gender or nationality. We are anti-war, unless it's unavoidable. We are also anti- death penalty. Why? We value and respect every human life. But, we also loathe extremists and fanatics. We are just average people who want peace and prosperity. We think for ourselves. We are proud to back Barack Obama because we can spot a pandering phony and "spin" a mile away. He is the genuine article. You don't see that very often in politics. Definitely not on the other party's ticket this time around.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  118. Bravo Encore

    I must say the Respect I have for IOWA is without reserve...The propaganda of MCBUSH did'nt slither into your hearts and minds.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  119. Kevin, Former Iowan

    First, it is Iowan, not Iowian, or Iowinian.

    As a republican who grew up in Iowa and has lived in 10 different states over the past 22 years, I am always proud of my roots. We have some of the best schools in the country and by far the most educated of small states. I have several cousins working the family farm who have Masters degrees in agriculture.

    So how important is this? I say crucial to the ideals set forth by the Democrats and missed by the Republicans. Iowans see when people are selling snake oil, as we don't have the time/money to waste chasing false hope. What I hate is seeing the Republican party attacking people with ideas, instead of presenting a better deal. Those who have no platform to stand only on attacking the platform of others. Sure Pailin can state she was an executive and Obama wasn't. Was McCain? Was JFK? Was Roosevelt? George Bush was, has that helped him????

    This isn't a one person job, and instead of fighting on about other people's resumes, they should be talking about what they stand for. Stick to talking about energy independance, reducing government and true conservative stances and leave the other's qualification alone. Know that Obama defeated the clear front runner on his ability to avoid this same argument, so why keep trying to win on something that didn't get Hillary where she wanted. Know people around the country will lose interest in the same old two step and want facts not fear.

    Proud to be Iowan, still somewhat embarrassed to be a Republican


    September 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  120. Anthony

    Jack, if it was not for Iowa, Obama would not have been nominated. At least 50% or more of blacks were voting for Clinton. They did not think that Obama could win, but when he won Iowa in the primaries they jump on the Obama ticket. So the white Iowans brought Obama the black vote. Thanks, Iowa

    September 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  121. Bravo Encore

    Iowa is a place not affected by the 'pigeon holing' of the Republican Party...Thank God..not Bush!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  122. Gwen

    I am from Pittsburgh and I love you Iowa. I have been campainging thoughtout the Pittsburgh area and I am black. Every where I campaign, I have been the minitority as far as race. Not just in Iowa are whites coming out to support Obama in Pittsburgh as well. I have campaing with old and the young whites and they all say color doesn't matter the issue sdo and McCain do not have any plan for this country.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  123. Sheryl

    I love Iowa!!!They are smart people they knew that he was the ONE!!!!!
    Again thank you Iowa for seeing the good when so many of us didnot!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  124. JT from TN

    It's very important for states like Iowa to stay with O'bama. White voters make up over half the vote, so if O'bama can get more than half of their vote chances are he will get the victory he deserves. And Cindy I'm from Tennessee and i'm for O'bama, all Tennesseeans ain't all bad.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  125. Austin, St.Thomas VI

    Iowa the place where they put people first and not just a slogan that says country first. Which American does not care about the country?(none) Which American does not care people? (republicans)

    September 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  126. JR, Kresgeville, PA


    In the 20th century, many of the movements started in American came from one coast or the other. Maybe this is a signal that the 21st will be different and a movement this time, the realization of Dr. King's dream that a man would be judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character, will come from the very HEARTland of America. It seems to me that the good folks of Iowa feel as they have some investment to see this whole move through, God bless them for their wisdom and their foresight in adopting this candidate as their own.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  127. Arnold,WV

    Hey Jack it is important that those mostly white states are seeing through the racial barriers that will plague us here in WV.I've voted for every republican starting with Nixon,but we really do need change so I cannot vote for McCain as he is just a continuance of what we are into right now.There is a big hoopla about Ms Palin but she is running for VP.What does the VP do other than go to parties?Our only hope this election is Obama.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Rob in Huntsville

    It's important because the citizens of Iowa represent all the great prospects for this country. They are truly representative of the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr when he talked about judging a man by the content of his character, rather than the color of his skin.

    The rest of this nation could learn something from the good folks in the Hawkeye State.

    Rob, AL

    September 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  129. Bill Gordon

    Hello, Mr. Cafferty. I am curious, as many people may be, what accommodations are set up for for unwed, underage Bristol Palin during the RNC and in subsequent "Family" events. Do her parents permit their unwed, underage daughter to co-habitate with her current boyfriend during family travels?

    September 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  130. circy in New Mexico

    It is important because this coming election is not about the color of skin, but rather, about which candidate looks better prepared to be President.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  131. Guy From LA

    They are middle America and middle America senses a winner ALWAYS!!!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  132. Angel Koger

    I think it is very important. Anyone observing the lack of diversity in the audience at the Republican National Convention can see why. Despite Sarah Palin’s “speech full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Americans are sick of having a small, narrow minded segment of our society serving themselves, instead of all Americans. That is why Obama is still favored in Iowa. America is we the people, and that is all the people, not the priveleged, intolerant few. Obama has reached out to all Americans and energized the entire country to become engaged in the political process to renew the hope and promise our country was founded on.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  133. Jarrod Leda

    Well it shows that they arent taking McCain at his word, or eating up Romneys convention soundbytes where he blames the last 8 years on 'liberals' even though we had a republican President and congress for most of it. It also shows that they may be voting.. oh my god.. on issues that affect thier families. Unlike my bretheren in PA who seem more worrried about flag pins, race(still a problem here sadly), religion, and other 'politics of distraction' as I like to call them, Iowa seems ready to vote on things that matter. I am thrilled that they are seeing things as they are.
    McCain and Palin preach more of the same : drill, consume, go to war, and consume some more like there is no tommorow. Obama can see that if we dont change how we live, there wont be much left to hand to our children. I have never cared so much about an election in my life.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  134. Annette, Washington, DC

    I have worked along side Iowans in the last couple of years, I can tell you they are feed up and disapointed with the republicans. It is no surprise to see the support for Obama. Like the seasons, everything must change. The time has come for that change and the Iowans are showing us they are ready.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  135. Charles in Australia

    Tom from Maine got it right. 'The Music Man' was from an earlier era, but one of its songs, 'Iowa Stubborn' expresses well the majority of Iowans down to earth common sense and willingness to welcome and be genuinely interested in honest folk from anywhere, not just from Illinois, but from the world. Like our high school student representatives from Australia a couple of years ago who were so inclusively accepted by the good folk of Sioux City Iowa.

    'Small Town America?' Hmmm? From abroad for decades now, I waver from love to loathing for my home country. But believe me, if Iowa is our good guide, then the small town 'fortress America' image put forth by Republican speakers so far is, fortunately, NOT as closed-minded as we who worry in the wider world think. Thank you Iowans – and this article and blog – for some sense and hope amongst the xenophobic breast-beating of others.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  136. rabin

    Obama listens to all people, whites, blacks, latinos, asians, gays. He is above the league right now. I admire the Iowans for recognizing this man. Most other blue coller working white see his black skin only and they don't try to see beneath that skin. His skin is black but, his inside is filled with all colors.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  137. Steve

    I'm white, Independent (always voted Republican) and from Iowa. I caucused for John Edwards but, when he stepped down, I backed Obama. I see a light at the end of the tunnel (and it isn't a freight train) with Obama. He inspires and unifies. He stays above the political fray and the tendency to be negative much better tha McCain and his "team". Obama comes from a middle class upbringing, he only owns 1 house, he and Michelle had to pay off college loans just like I am for and with my daughter. He's walked the talk. He doesn't represent 4 more years of Bush-like decisions. I voted for Bush both times and I've had enough of Republicans for awhile. Let's give "change" a chance. God knows...we need it!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  138. jose Rodriguez

    It's important to remember Iowa has a higher number of college education population than other comparable mostly white states. Iowa has invested more in education. How Obama is doing in other areas is a better indicator. Jose Germany (US Army)

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  139. Shawn

    Maybe you should ask how would America do with a mostly white democratic controlled congress and white house? With the exception of a few minorities here & there.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  140. Peter, Toronto ON


    These numbers in Iowa help restore some of my faith in the good people of the USA.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  141. Angela

    These are the people my grandmother told me about. She use to say there are some good white people and they are, so thank you for judging Obama by the content of his character and not the color of his skin.
    Angela, MO

    September 4, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  142. JImmy in California

    Jack, the people of Iowa do not want to have Pit Bulls wearing lipstick roaming around their neighborhoods threatening their children.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  143. Darnell in Atl,GA

    I believe that Iowa is truly the pulse of the country. They are indicative of how people in this country really feel. They can not be marginalized based on race, gender, or social standing. That is why Iowa is so important to Obama's campaign. The republicans can not point out what they call Obama straight's, and say this is why he is winning. Iowa shows that this election is about the issues, not the color or the gender of the candidate.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  144. David

    What does it say that Iowa is 95% white and still backs Obama:

    It says that people what a different voice in Washington. Sometimes you can not have a different voice until you look outside your culture. Obama is black and from Hawii and he sees the world differently than most white people from New York, Califorian, Iowa or any place else.


    September 4, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  145. Curt W

    It makes one wonder if we would ask this question if Iowa were 95% black and Obama were white.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  146. Pugas-AZ

    Winter can come early in Iowa. Let's get the crops in before the deep freeze of politics takes over. Even the hot air from Washington can't fight mother nature.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  147. KC in Ohio

    I honestly thought we as a country were at least two generations from being able to put our black/white differences aside for the common good. After all, how can anyone live through the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's (where "Jim Crow" thrived, Segretion by color was the law, De-Segregation had to be forced on state after state, and our cities erupted in a Civil Rights war), without being scarred (blacks and whites alike).

    What the good people of Iowa showed me is heart warning and gives me hope for the future. On behalf of my children, Thank you Iowa.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  148. Lisa

    I am so glad that Iowa looks beyond race. It is all about the issues in today's society. We don't need the same old politics in the White House. I know that Iowa will come through for Barack. I like to thank you in advance. We all think about "healthcare", "war" "economy" and the list goes on and on. '

    Atlanta, Ga

    September 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  149. Carolyn Stadler

    Iowans see Obama as a man, not black or white which is nice for a change.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  150. mitchell ,arkansaw

    iowa is proof that the american dream is closer than we all had thought. Dr. Martin Luther King jr. is looking down on parts of america, with a tear of pride running down his cheek. I'm so proud of iowan's, and their ability to look past the obvious, and see the hidden hope that is the strength of sen. barack hussein obama. the message is clear. the grass roots effort, that obama has brought about, have invested everything in this hope, and it's something that can never really be taken away if we ourselves don't let it.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  151. willie whyte

    Hey Jack,
    I think the Iowans see the issues. I also think they are getting the truth from Obama – no bending nor blurring – in these issues. Their votes are pro-votes as opposed to some votes that are cast for the "candidate I don't dislike".
    This is our chance to be seen again as a global power, not just with power, but now with openness, positiveness, and a great feeling of friendship.
    My grandkids can look forward to a future where they will not only offer respect, but will get that from the international commuinity.
    Thanks Jack,

    Keep up the good work!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  152. Jerry Shaw

    I'm all for Obama. I am sick and tired of the tax issue in this country. The old saying is...the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and that is exactly what McCain is doing. He does not care about the average American that is struggling to get by. That's just tough,according to him. The BIG OIL MEN are going DOWN and the sooner the better.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  153. Bob in Baltimore

    I guess in Iowa a man is judged on his ideas and his basic common sense. Not on his color or ability to spew drool and rhetoric. You are the true leaders Iowa, keep on doing what is right. We love you.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  154. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    It's important because Iowans have proven that they are independent thinking people who make up their own minds and ignore all the spin. They have a great responsibility by being the first state in the nation to vote/caucus in the primaries and they take that responsibility very seriously. They are all about no-nonsense. The entire country should follow their example and learn the facts, not the spin, before they vote.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  155. Tony Welch Mullberry, Fla

    I feel proud Jack, being from the south and being white maybe we can get rid of that REBEL FLAG mentallity! I'm so ashamed of it. GO Big O!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  156. David NY

    I think Iowa is extremely important both for the election and in terms of what it symbolizes. For the election it contradicts the media when they say Barack has no appeal for small town rural america. His campaign was launched from small town rural america. It also destroys the notion that Barack does not connect with white america. Iowa is 95% white. That's why they are important to the election. The symbolic representation may out weigh the election. Iowa represents america growing up past the historical stereotypes that have caused our nation to become stagnant. Iowa represents the understanding of the issues, not the understanding of judgement through skin color identification. Iowa represents an adaptation of the original principles of the constitution. So thank you Iowa for restoring my faith that together all good things are possible.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  157. Shelly

    It means that they have a mind of their own and they will not let those old politics work again. I know that Obama has a special place in his heart for them.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  158. Duane

    I say we let Iowa decide our next president. It would be better than letting all the uneducated morons in Florida or Ohio from deciding it (and I live in FL)!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  159. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I'm from Nebraska and my sister and I (22 and 23, respectively) went across the river to canvass in the days leading up to the primary caucus in Iowa. It was cold, and there were more than a few Clinton signs put up. It makes me proud and disappointed at the same time: proud of Iowa for their open-mindedness and disappointed that I can't say the same about my state.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  160. Shafi Alam

    Barack Obama’s speeches and ideas full of wisdom are inspirational for all colors of people and so is Iowa for all the white Americans.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  161. Steven

    It's vitally important for a number of reasons. First, Iowa stands as a beacon of hope for the rest of the country in putting country over identity politics, substance over ideology, character over a demonstrated lack of it and contect over race. This is the change we need everywhere.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  162. Mandy, Birmingham, AL

    Very important.

    It goes to show that the folks in Iowa are INTELLIGENT; they understand the gop slime machine and aren't falling for it again.

    Also, they understand the issues and know that Obama is the best person to deal with them.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  163. Pliny - St. Louis, MO

    Iowa's behavior is not readily applicable to the rest of the electorate because of the nature of the farming special interests there who may favor Obama's energy policy as financially rewarding to themselves. Thus, the state's momentary leanings are not of much importance.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  164. Cathy in Washington state

    Unless people check their facts, some Iowans might change sides after Sarah Palin's speech. They might have liked her tough talk. But they really should check their facts, because Palin's speech has been the subject of much debate since it was delivered. For both sides of this campaign, I hope the press will uncover the facts. And I really mean both sides – whether Obama or McCain.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  165. Crystal From Alabama

    I think it is very important. Iowa is telling us it's time for a change. I' m from a small southern town. About 99 percent of my town is white and 90 percent of them will vote for J. Mccain in November. Coming from a closed minded community I' am proud to see Iowa standing up for change.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  166. Rich from Illinois

    Iowa is as important as any state is. But significant to me because it does represent the heartland of America. With little large urban cities, the people in Iowa are the kinds of people that might hear John McCain, but know what is right. Barack Obama and Joe Biden really do have these people in mind as they go to work to become President and Vice President. The other two only have the lobbyists and special interests best interests.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  167. Steven


    I live in rural kentucky, I am a Obama supporter, but I am not blind to how hard it will be to get a black man elected here in America. Kentucky is one of those States that's having a hard time grasping the fact that we will have a Black President in November. I hope people can rise to the occasion and put racism out of there heart. Many people are speaking out of both sides of there mouth about voting for Obama. I say AMEN to Iowa for being open minded.



    September 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  168. Richard K Buendia

    Its very important.It shows the Intellegance of the people of the great state of Iowa.And that they are not racist as the GOP is.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  169. Tanya

    It very important because Barack has become a son of Iowa. It shows that they believe in this man and they are sticking with him to the end. Regardless of the color of his skin. This is an indicator of the type of America we want whether all white town or not. We want to move forward and unite not go back. RNC audience was a painful reminder of Americans past and you know exactly what I am talking about. Looking at that audience alone would make you want to vote for Obama-Biden. If Iowans move away from Sen. Obama the Hypocritical Republican Party will jump all over this.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  170. Kristy from Granger, Iowa

    Iowa has always been very open-minded in its thinking. Iowa public schools are consistently rated amongst the top 5 states in the nation. We are known for our work ethic and integrity.

    I guess I would be more surprised if we WEREN'T supporting Obama. He's intelligent, knows the issues, and doesn't try manipulation, which we Iowans can sniff out quicker than a hog farm!

    -Kristy from Granger, Iowa

    September 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  171. Jay C

    That's easy Jack. It's because that's Ground Zero of the great kool-aid experiment. Those people have been drinking it from thier spiked water supply since December.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  172. Derek New Jersey

    It shows that Iowans care more about the issues and the state of our nation more than race. This should provide an example to other voters in states everywhere.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  173. Troy G

    I think this is GREAT news and yes it is important that they keep backing OBAMA for the sake of the future of the U.S.A. its domestic image and its International image as well will benefit greatly if OBAMA is elected. I couldn't help but notice the lack of minorities in the crowds at the RNC and its contrast to the DNC.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  174. Jackie in Dallas

    Tom in DeSota TX

    You aren't the only Texan voting for Obama! When "W" was elected (or should I say, was given?) the Presidency in 2000, I told everyone that he was no Bush, just a twig...and the only good thing about his election was that he wouldn't be Governor of our state anymore. Instead, he went on to destroy our economy, rip away our rights in the name of national security, put us seriously in debt, and make our country the laughingstock of the world.

    Maybe we SHOULD have kept him here - Texans at least fight back!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  175. Ken in NC

    The people of Iowa and the rest of this country clearly define the future as something other than McCain’s definition. The future for most voters is taking into account our kids growing to be adults but to John McCain, the future is "WAKING UP THE NEXT MORNING".

    September 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  176. Brandi, Minneapolis

    I can tell you this being from Minnesota, very similar values, blue collar folks etc., we actually vote on issues in these states. I will also say I agree with other bloggers, I called across this country and in states like WVA color was openly declared as a reason they would not vote for him. I believe that in MN, IA, OH, IN kind of states and with independent voters who actually want to know about the issues, Obama will sweep. In those areas where fear, the lack of even attempt to seek knowledge, and out-dated us vs. them attitudes will go red. That's not a black /white issue its a cultural and archaic issue.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  177. Scott Pedersen

    Iowans take their politics seriously, and they selected a candidate that they felt would do the best job of positively impacting the important issues facing them.

    While John McCain is still trying to decide which hip to shoot from, and with which type of gun, Obama continues to provide his message in a strong and consistent manner.

    Scott Pedersen
    Boulder, CO

    September 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  178. Nick

    On the issue of race, isn't it funny how when people criticize Obama he never calls them racists but if anyone criticizes Palin all the GOP can do is scream sexism? There's a double standard here, but it's sure not the one that McBush and co. want you to think it is.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  179. Bill, Virginia Beach

    If Iowa continues to support Obama and Biden, it shows that they intelligent enough to see past the Flim Flam of the Republican Washington Elite. They know the truth about lost jobs, lost opportunities, high medical costs, shakey retirements, high Republican Federal Deficits that will hurt their children and grandchildren, and the costs to bring the United States back to glory. Maybe it's due to all the good food they grow there!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  180. Jasmine in Marbug

    Very important. Iowa is about a "apple pie" as one can be. Hopefully it will show white voters of other States who are "uncomfortable" with voting for a black man that Iowans are smarter than they are.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  181. Joseph, Ontario

    Iowans have figured out McCain-Palin. They are not going to fall in their trap.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  182. OH - New York

    Jeez Jack, please post this comment.

    The people of Iowa are as smart as they come. They saw what people of other states can't see or will never believe.

    They know that Obama speaks from his heart and he will do everything in his power to change American in a positive way.

    They know very well that color is of no significance as is the color of a man's eyes. America wants change and no fear mongering will stop it this time. When we awake on the 5th, November we'll see a mostly blue America and the change will be for every American.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  183. Terri-Ann, Dallas, TX

    Iowans were the first state to take a chance on Obama in the primaries and they proved that very well. Shows that the people of Iowa is a smart bunch that cares more about their country than ever. That was the turning point of the primary season...when people started to realize that Obama was the real candidate for change. Go Iowa!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  184. Karen from Iowa

    Iowa is a far more progressive and tolerant state than many people realize. We value a higher plane of discourse, a careful analysis of the issues and a well thought-out plan. We also appreciate an affable personality and a sense of humor. Barack Obama has that and then some, so as a middle-aged white Republican woman, I enthusiastically support Obama for President.

    As an aside – snotty attacks like Palin launched do nothing to sway us.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  185. Tom M


    September 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  186. Sally Independent

    Iowa is hurting like the rest of us, and America is looking for new leadership.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  187. Kelly, Atlanta GA

    Iowa is populated by smart educated people that can tell quality when they see it. They chose Obama in the primary and they will chose him in the GENERAL ELECTION. I think they should be number 1 in the primaries forever.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  188. Dilibon Kojak Brooklyn, NY

    Iowa changed me int an Obama fan. When Obama announced his candidacy, I said it was unreal, it may be an attempt to crush Hillary campaign since No white is going to vote for a black man in America, not today! They proved me wrong! Stereotypes and racism is proportional to education. Notice that Iowa has a higher rate of educated people. I hope after 2 terms of Obam in office, the whole country will reach Iowa; slevel of understanding and high level of education.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  189. Grace RN in NJ

    I hope the good folks in Iowa continue to use such good judgement and continue to back Obama. Too many people fail to seek out the facts behind the candidates.

    The new pit-bull sans lipstick mascot of the RNC continues to show why we need a complete change-she represents the old ways, not new. I found her speech to be filled with lies, extremely obnoxious and her values are frightening. Creationism in public schools-she's got to be kidding! Teach abstinence only-well, we see how well that one worked....Has she heard of HIV or AIDS-much worse than a teen pregnancy!

    If she's she's truly pro-life she wouldn't have cut the budget by 20% to teenage mothers' transitional housing run by Covenant House Alaska. She's pro-earmarks as a mayor, then against as governor? Pro 'bridge to nowhere' then against it when it was exposed?

    September 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  190. Angela, Kentucky

    Very important. Thank heavens the Iowans are falling for the usual Republican divisive culture wars. Listening to the vile of last night was depressing. I used to admire McCain even though I won't vote for him. No more.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  191. Phylllis

    Iowa is 95% white and 100% discerning. We really have to invest in education. The more educated people are, the less easily they are manipulated by racial prejudice and blatant appeals to ignorance (Iraq is a God-inspired war, gays are sinful, need I go on?).

    September 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  192. Steve

    I love you, Iowa!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  193. Iowa grant

    I'll tell you why he won Iowa.

    Because he got cynics to get back in the game. Because he reminded the older generation of themselves when they were young and still had something to look to the future for.

    Besides thanksgiving, I can't tell you another event that got so many of my family members together in one place, not even to start on how many people in my community I had never even spoken to that now we're first names and lives. Lower, middle, and upper class all in the same boat.

    He's the real deal. I'll take life experience over very hair splitting executive experience anyday. He won over the small towns that Palin is being sold as the product of like a postcard, and with as much truth.

    Sorry, but Iowa got a good, long look, and we're going to vote Obama.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  194. Tim, Clemmons NC

    That people want change and are not swayed by the color of a persons skin.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  195. Aimee

    Who cares about Iowa and their few electoral votes. Iowa is not typical of the American electorate. Delusions of grandeur. Who cares?

    September 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  196. Angela, Kentucky

    I meant to say thank heavens the Iowans are NOT falling for the usual Republican divisive culture wars.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  197. Louise Leslie

    I beleive Obama is for the working middle class. He is telling us what he will do to get this Country back on track. We don't need a carbon copy of the one who has been in the White House for the past eight year. It seems to me that the American people could see what a mess it is in now, are all Republicans blind.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  198. wendy -- suburban phila

    It means that unlike many other voters these Iowans are willing to judge the candidates based on real issues and not ideology or race. I am a white woman from Pa and a former Hillary supporter. The only reason this election is not a slam dunk for Obama is because he is black. Our governor, Ed Rendell, was right. There are some people who just won't vote for a black candidate but are more than willing to vote for a dumb white one (look at the last eight years).

    September 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  199. Sean from Orlando

    Well almost all the white people I know where I live and in my home state are voting for McCain/Palin, even some Dems, so Iowa must be the exception.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  200. Robert in atlanta

    Iowa amazes me, It seems that the south has a politics of race and the republicans have an agenda for the rich, yet Iowa has remained American in spirit and in hope, choosing to believe in government as the thing which we choose to do together for common good.
    To me Its not only important for Iowa to remain for Obama but its imperative to the integrity of the spirit of our constitution. We as americans both black and white, are best served by believing in the good of our humanity and not the trailer park mentality that is pervasive in today's republican party. Thats the message of Iowa and Minnesota. A victory for Obama is a victory for integrity, and a victory for Iowa, Minnesota, and a victory for America.....

    September 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  201. Joachim


    during the primary season, the talk about Iowa was why it, along with New Hampshire, are the first States that hold primaries. I have a good feeling that if Barack wins the general election in November, the talk will be that Iowa was one of the many swing states that made him win. Forget the Carolinas or Pennsylvania...Iowa is the new swing state!

    Toronto, Canada

    September 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  202. kathy from Killeen,Tx

    Iowa and the rest of America will get it right. This is one of the proudest moments that I have as a American Veteran. Times are changing, race isn't making a difference and we all truly one nation under god. The time for change is now and the opportunity for prosperity is waiting and our standing in the world will be greater than now. God bless Iowa and God bless our country.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  203. E. B. - Atlanta

    Iowa folk help to restore my faith in people, I believe they are not the only ones. We are all suffering as Americans, not West or East, Black, White or Hispanic,Old or Young....ALL. Obama will be President not to restore this country but to inspire Americans to help restore or even create what America really can be.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  204. Mario from Providence, RI

    This is VERY encouraging news. Also, it illustrates a huge step in the right direction for our country.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  205. Hal

    Says Iowa is smart enough to know what is important, solutions to this countries major problem's, which Obama/Biden provide. McSame /Palin
    can only offer slurs and lies, running the Rove election Plan a continuation of the last eight years of deceit of Bush/Cheney. If you loved that-you will be ecstatic with McSames continuations no experience required. Same playbook.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  206. Tom - Vernon Hills

    It's not about being white, it's about being right!

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  207. Nicole - North Carolina

    It’s critical. Just as critical as it is for every Obama supporter across this country to not become too overconfident by the polls showing a growing Obama lead. Obama needs to continue to make his policies clear and compelling to solidify their decisions and we need to make sure every last one of them shows up to vote.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  208. Eddie

    Not surprising the results of this poll. They called our house and their first question was would you likely vote, and the second question was if I had any negative feelings toward Obama. When I said "yes," they hung up. Obviously, I was not going to give them the response they were looking for.

    Just like this comment will never make it past CNN's comment policy to ever be posted.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  209. Demetrius

    The heartland states love Obama, the coastal states love Obama, and the world loves Obama. And its not because he's black. Obama clearly has the better policies to make this country what it was a decade, ago when the Clintons were in office. If not, then, why hasn't the McBush campaign talked more about the important issues in America than bashing Obama for hours? Iowa citizens vote on the candidates policies, not the color of the candidate.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  210. Isaac

    I think that lowa created the "domino effecting of change movement." Looking pass color, which shocked a lot of Americans (I was one of them). I didn't think it would happend in my lifetime. If Obama wins I will make a shirt that says, "Thanks Iowa for seeing the change we needed first."

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  211. hulagirl

    Aloha Iowans, I wouldn't mind living in a community such as Iowa where people are more concerned about the future and the issues that face the future of our great nation than the color of a person's skin.

    I thought Hawaii was the great melting pot that welcomed all to our shores. I guess Iowa is another great place for people to raise their children...

    Iowans should be proud for showing us all the way to a better future...

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  212. Fred, Orange County

    Very !

    it means that people are focused on isssues and solutions not rhetoric and smear.

    McCain and Palin will be seen for what they are... empty and divisive. We have 60 days or so to election day but 4 years to live with the consequence... we need to be focused on those 4 years and who will do the most.. not these 60 days and who can soundbite the best. McCain and Palin fail that test as all they have is rhetoric.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  213. Ms.Charlye Heggins

    Iowa has hit the nail on the head just like "build it they'll come" supporting Obama is saying "we support, we'll vote" I've been in your state running for the Ms. Ameircan Classic pageant and we as African Americans honor and appreciate the support. Yes in this case "White is Right" with "Black on the track"

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  214. joanne young

    Iowa has set the sandards for all Americans. They get it , Change They have put the past in the past with racism. If only the Republicans can do the same. Did you see all those Old White Men at that convention yesterday? Do you really think those Old White Men believe in change.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  215. Drew Greene, GA

    The people of Iowa are supporting the candidate who has the average American's interest at heart and not just a political party. We have all seen what the McCain/Bush administration has done and will continue to do for average Americans. The people of Iowa and the rest of us are not consumed with war and political posturing to instill fear and sympathy to win an election. I guess all the great men who died in Vietnam are not heroes because all we hear about is John McCain as a POW. I wish all of them had been prisoners of war, at least we would get to see him again. So to John McCain, enough already SO MANY OF US HAVE LOST LOVE ONES and our pain is greater than yours will ever be because you're still here. Is this all we need to make a great President? Iowans are smarter than that!

    Drew Greene, Georgia

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  216. Marcy -Oklahoma

    I for one would like to see the total numbers of the CNN Poll. I am a loyal viewer of CNN but have noticed during this campaigne that the higher ups at the station definately prefer Obama over McCain. I have learned through the years to watch and listen and make up my own mind. So far, Mr. Obama doesn't ring true. I listened to Govenor Palin last night and have checked out her record in Alaska. She is (for now anyway) coming across as real. So for this poll, what question was asked and how was it asked??

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  217. Raj

    I am glad that the people of Iowa gets it right. It is not a question of color anymore in this country. Obama talks about the economy which is more important that any other thing right now. We will see that the world will favor us with Obama for sure.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  218. Rai Moss

    I think it is very important that Iowa is leading the way. I live right next door in the neighboring state of Omaha, Nebraska and with Iowa being the first state to lead the way for being the first state to nominate Mr. Obama so will, so many other states I know my state of Nebraska will and should do everything it can do, to elect Senator Obama . So only time will tell it will be different on Nov. 3rd when people get in that booth alone. I hope we've come along better as a nation and a society of fairly descent people to be able to put aside our indifference of race, gender,or whatever. We are in need of a president who will restore America to it greatness and energize the people, not a war mongor and a former Miss Alaska!

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  219. m

    Quite frankly I just don't believe it. I know I don't tell pollsters the truth.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  220. Charkera Ervin

    I was born and raised in West Virginia where I still live. There are no laws against blacks in this state. Next time you want to rant, get your facts straight.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  221. Audrey

    Hi Jack,
    It is very important that Iowa and the rest of America not be seduced by Palin's miguided rhetoric. Iowans got it right first so no doubt they will continue to get it right. When Barack Obama is elected president (with the help of middle-American) maybe we can stop being red states and blue states and once again become the United States of America.
    Orange, CA

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  222. Cary E

    Iowa is only important to presidential elections because it kicks off the primary season. Whether Iowa remains behind Obama is irrelevant. I suspect it will go with Obama since they have a history of supporting liberal politicians [e.g. Harkin].

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  223. Bree

    I think it's beautiful and inspiring, a sign of real progress. Obama is fighting for an America that moves beyond the divisions of race, class and gender. He's fighting for an America united for change, where we can focus, not on our differences, but on the critical issues confronting ALL Americans– the economy, healthcare, jobs, energy, our safety at home and abroad.

    I was disheartened listening to the Republican convention last night rolling out the tired old politics of division. It's the 21st Century!!! Having a woman or a black man running for high office may be novel to some, for me it's long past due. I'm voting for Obama because I care about the issues. I want this election to be historical because it's the first election in a long time where we focued on the ISSUES.

    All this talk about experience of the candidates... Can we talk about the experience of the average American living under Republican rule for the past eight years?

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  224. Independent

    I had been anxiously awaiting the Democratic and Republican conventions, because this election is the most important for my children and grandchildren.

    The Democratic convention left me hopeful for the future. I felt that unity between parties was very possible, and the American people would be relieved of the some of the burden that they now carry in order to be "caretaker" of the rest of the world. Finally, the US government would take care of their people first. I felt inspired by the speeches (especially Obama) and realize that I need to sacrifice some of my comforts in order to get our country back on track. Yes, it will be hard, but there is no other choice. Our country has been destroyed by Republican rule, and the fixing and healing has to begin now.

    The Republican convention scared me. The hatred and evil that spewed from Liberman, Rudy G. and Palin as they smiled with glee throughout their speeches was mindboggling. These are adults that we should trust? They did not inspire me at all. It is frightening to imagine that these people may be in control of our country. I watched as they blatantly spewed lies after lies while looking American straight in the eye. I heard nothing about issues and solutions.

    Palin needs to grow up. You can't have it both ways. When you accepted the VP nomination, you included your family in the process.

    McCain made a terrible mistake in choosing Palin as his running mate.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  225. Brian, Canada

    Iowa shocked the world. We could see the promise of Obama but we never thoguth the US capable of this, Iowans should be proud.

    It is a bit weird for Canadians, who take pride in it's multiculturalism, to be leapfrogged by the US. Didn't see that one coming. At the same time Obama would beat Prime Minister Harper up here in a landslide.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |

    Bravo for the fair minded people of Iowa.Howvere if you are looking for an explanation of this result it is really not that surprising.There is far less likelihood of prejudice being shown in a state which has a small black population than in one which has substantial black population such as Ohio where there is frequent compatetition for jobs and higher crime rates to blame on the other group.Familiarity breeds contempt.It is true that many states with small black populations are firmly republican but that is not because Obama is black.Those states have clearly been republican even when the democratic candidate was white.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  227. Adrian

    Why is it that a small town state like Iowa is considered significant, yet a small town state like Alaska is derided by the press as insignificant??? Is it possible that there is bias by the press in publishing issues under the mantle of impartial news reporting? By the way after this week, the percentages in the 95% white Iowa may change. Hope is not a method......

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  228. Jeff

    I'm white, male, and OLD, two identifiers of the group that reportedly backs McCain. It took me some time to get behind Obama but one has to realize that the champions of our past in the Republican Party are gone, the folks in there now by and large have beat us down long enough. Loyalty has its limits. I am encouraged to see the 'white' surge in Iowa and the whites in this country have an opportunity to share in a great process begun by Lincoln-to put color aside and vote in a President on his/her merits and dreams, not color or party.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  229. Kandi Spires

    I was born and raised in Sioux City IA. Haven't lived there since my twenties. But for the first time in my life, this life-long Republican and former soccer Mom is going to proudly vote the Democratic ticket of Obama/Biden. You GO IOWA!!! Makes me want to come back home for my retirement. You guys have gotten it right!

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  230. Kristina

    You all say we need a change? I am appalled to think that change will be a selfish and self serving one. You all want change but don't want to do what it takes to make the change that will stop the corporatocracy and the wanton waste the democrats have got this country into. If Obama is to carry Iowa it must be because they are selfish and self serving and only looking for a fictional character to idolize.
    ksmith anthony ks

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  231. John Minneapolis, MN

    I don't think race is as important as people wanting a change in Washington.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  232. Emily - Summit, NJ

    Important. Iowans are well-educated, hardworking people who want the children of all Americans to still have a shot at the 'American Dream'. Obama offers that hope. Republicans lined their pockets and drove our economy into the ground. I am from a military family and have the utmost respect for the job our troops are doing in Iraq. From the outset I thought it was a reckless decision to start that war. Iraq is an expensive sinkhole for the US.

    Another reckless decision is McCain's selection of underexperienced Sara Palin. I was disappointed that Sara Palin's speech was so much the 'Pit Bull' and forget Giuliani's derisive, petty attack that had the audience frothing at the mouth.

    I don't envy whoever wins the election. They have an unbelievable task ahead to clean up the Bush mess.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  233. julio

    Great Iowa, let's make sure we elect Barack Obama president so we can move into a new generation of fairness and equality.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  234. mike

    I think this speaks well for Iowans in that they are not looking at skin color in making their choice for President. I wish that the same could be said for African-Americans where somewher in the neighborhood of 95% are voiting for Obama. What is their ratinale? When you look at all other ethnic groups and whom they will vote for, you get no where near the homogenous response that you are finding with african Americans. My conclusion therefore is that they ARE voting for a candidate because of his skin color. How ironic is this considering that most of their leaders including the great MLK asked not to judge on skin color.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  235. Marcus Orealleus

    Jacki, Jackie (insert finger shaking gesture here),

    I'm sure a lot of those Iowans (is that the name of their tribe?) you so admire, look similar to that John McCain guy. You know, and I'll quote you jackie Boy (like tis taught to those funny young-people who think they are smart, in Smearalism School) "feeble looking old and white."

    Good luck with your bitterness. I love mine,

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  236. Alex - San Antonio

    It shows that many Iowan's are a proud and smug people...Proud of being the first to vote in national primaries...and arrogant about it. God forbid any other state go "first" next time around–let alone "question" their choice. One more thing, they are experts at "caucusing". Caucuses being the most un-democratic and "discriminatory" processes in our nation. Just ask my mother and aunt who weren't able to caucus in Texas because they weren't physically able to.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  237. T.M.


    It means they don't find him to be uppity, I mean, "elitist" at all.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  238. Blake Thompson

    Being a young white man who strongly supports Obama, I really could care less if Obama is black, white, yellow, or green! I think that the good people of Iowa agree with me. This election is not about what color or gender you are, its about who is right to lead this country into the future! McCain has had the chance to change things in Washington for the last three decades and hasn't done much... why would he do anything different now? Iowans just like so many of us around this country know that is the time to change this country!
    Blake Thompson
    Missoula, MT

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  239. Austin, Dallas Tx

    Lets see what happens when Palin plows through Iowa with her messages. Then you guys can report back when the tides change.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  240. j/NJ

    How important is it that Iowa, which is 95% white, remains firmly behind Barack Obama?

    Of course Iowa is important Obama can not possibly achieve a governing mandate without strong support from the white community...but Iowa is not the only predominantly white state where Obama is ahead...at present both Minnesota and Wisconsin are leaning democratic; after all this election is not about race or gender it is about change and change is precisely why Iowa as well as other similarly demographic states will remain firmly behind Obama-Biden in November...

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  241. Adebua from Nairobi

    Jack we in Kenya as in Africa believe Iowans stamped approval for Obama's Policy plans for America and World, May God be with you in this positive journey

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  242. Martin

    Very important. It speaks volumes of how Obama's message is being received by white, blue collar and middle class voters on content ...not on color.

    Obama has united many of us who have been manipulated, hurt and lied to by the Republicans for the last eight years...and he will unite so many more by November.

    The Republicans would love to create an acrimonious race debate on who is hurt most, who needs help, who does not need help, by dividing us by color, by region and by gender...but the sad fact is...people of all color and gender have been viciously raped by Bush, his cronies and the Republican party.

    We are are not taking it anymore, white black, red green etc.

    Government officials serve at OUR PLEASURE and we will have the PLEASURE of removing these old, tired , worthless, lying, selfish bastards in November and restore America.

    Martin Jr.
    Naples, FL

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  243. Tom from Manson, IA

    I am from Iowa and was a 30 year Republican. I switched before the caucus and voted for Obama. I did not think he had a chance, but I liked most of his positions and especially the way he would represent the United States. Being an African American did not have anything to do with my support. I will vote for him now more than ever especially with the idea that if McCain (whom I respect) were President and died in office, his Vice President would then be the President. It does not seem like a difficult choice to me.

    PS. I am in the 95% Majority.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  244. Emma from Georgia

    Palin hurts McCain, the Republican party and, most of all women. If she thinks that the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull is lipstick, she degrades forward thinking women, senior women, and young women. This woman doesn't parody any women I know. Neither did Hilary Clinton. The difference is that while Hilary lied about media attacks against her, it's politics. But she was just as vicious with her personal attacks as the RNC has been. As a woman, I also do not subscribe to the notion that anyone media or otherwise need treat Palin any different than a male candidate.

    I am a retired female that was raised in Michigan and I can tell you why Iowans are even more supportive of Obama. People from the midwest believe in the blunt truth, and are intelligent enough to research the facts, independent of blustering, name calling pontificaters. Attack if you must, but with tact, diplomacy and most of all the truth. Palin is a joke; a puppet if you will. Finally, Juliani most of all, doesn't have the credentials to support any woman, US or elsewhere.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  245. cruisemates

    I don't think CNN is taking conservative comments. I have left 10 comments in the last week and not seen a single one appear. What's the deal CNN, are you now even afraid to allow the greater electorate have their say if it is conservative?

    I am webmaster, I know how these things work – why have NONE of my comments been published. There has to be obvious bias here – if you look at the comments they are well over 90% left.

    What are the chances of that?

    September 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  246. Jennifer

    I grew in the cornfields of Iowa and I was so shocked when my home state provided the win to Barack Obama. Since the population in my home state is mostly white, I almost fell out of my chair. Mainstream American media has overlooked one obvious fact that makes Iowans relate so well to Barack Obama: he represents both racial sides instead of just one. Since he is both Black & White, White Americans feels they relate to this charismatic Democratic presidential candidate just as much as African-Americans. His mother is from Kansas, another midwestern state with strong, family values just like Iowa. Barack Obama was raised by his mother. Obama even stated that his mother raised him with her parents and they strugged. His father left him when he was young and barely saw him! His mother is the one that raised him into the candidate that he is now! The term "First African-American presidental candidate" is incorrect! He is the "first Biracial presidential candidate."

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  247. Hako

    Well, that shows that people in America are voting for the people that will solve our problems and issues, or at least have good plan to do so. People are not voting for somebody just because he is same race, or belong to same party, or for his great personality. On RNC this week was pointed out so many times how McCain has great personality, great achievments in past, and great career, and i respect him for that. But, what is he going to do for us, average americans. If he gets elected we are going to have president with same old policies, and we will be in same economic problems we are in now, but we dont care because he has great personality, thats what's important....

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  248. keith

    This is great news and shows our country can see beyond color in some regions; however when will the national media pay more attention to the electoral map and stop making this seem like a close race because a pollster interviewed 1,00 people across the country.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  249. Marti - Denver, Colorado

    Iowa's support of Obama reveals the confidence people are inspired to place in him due to the evident "content of his character." Obama's positions regarding the issues facing our nation and world are intelligent, moral, compassionate, and realistic. We, as a nation, are better than the leadership we've received the last eight years. He offers the better leadership we all aspire to – and Iowa knows it.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  250. Wes

    I do think Iowa is important in this race. Iowa is a middle-of-the-country state. It's an agriculture state. It's well-educated, having several large universities. It is a state that clearly takes its politics seriously. Basically, it's a good test case. And seeing that Barack Obama can do well there says a lot. It shows he is a candidate that can reach groups other than black people and die-hard democrats.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  251. Abel P. Ochoa

    It’s very important, Jack. The Iowa voters are the reason I started supporting Obama. I give them full credit because I feel that they got to know him better than voters from any other state except maybe the voters from Illinois. I like Obama because he wants to discuss the real issues including alternative energy, our infrastructure, a GI Bill, the immorality of invading Iraq, education, the separation of Church and State, our Health rights, our union rights, Social Security Fairness Act and our Farm Bill.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  252. Richard from Englewood, NJ

    Don't get so focused on race that you forget geography. Obama is a Chicagoan. He spent years in the Illinois State Senate. Iowa is right next door. Barack and Michelle Obama have the Midwestern values of an Illinois couple. Obama knows the values of Midwesterners, and knows how to relate to them. Of course Iowa would connect with him.

    The media acts as if Obama/Biden is an Eastern ticket. It isn't: it's a MIDWESTERNER and an Easterner.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  253. Heather

    I think the republicans have frequently made light of Senator Obama as being all flash. The seem to fail to realize that he build his network of supporters like a foot soldier, one at a time in small towns and rural states where no body else would bother to campaign, where all the self assured, entitled politicians wouldn't bother to go, figuring, in the last month before the election, they'd just bombard that whole region with an air attack and beam in tons of flashy ads via satelite and pick up enough of the dazed and frightened population to secure a cushy job for 4 years. Now Republicans repeatedly mock the strength of his following as if it is some cult or fad, and they think they can just introduce some new fresh face and everyone will gravitate toward her in a dazed confusion or a curiousity. It's not true. Obama has a following because he worked for it, and they would have to go back 19 months and start their work again, more thoroughly this time, to really stand a chance to compeat for those votes.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  254. Chelle B


    Sometimes it takes a small group of progressive White people to change the inertia of fear. These people obviously are sick and tired of the American perpetuation White superiority, particularly when mediocrity is all we've been given. Their support of Obama represents a collective who's ready to elect a president who can articulate the needs of our country and regain our honor abroad. If Obama was White I am most certain that they would support him just the same. I would.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  255. Alexandra

    I don't think race is truly an issue in this race as much as most people would like to believe. The real issue for the Republicans is whether they believe in a VP pick with the experience of running a town of 6,000 people and a state with the population of the city of San Diego. Is Governor Palin the person Americans want as the face of the United States in front of international leaders? I don't think a person with such a limited educational background is as qualified as as one with say a law degree to tackle tough decisions that require sophisticated analytical skills and an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the legal and political system.
    In short, I don't believe that many educated and thinking Americans want a moose hunting undereducated hockey mom evangelical, parading around the globe as the ambassador of the great American political system.

    Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  256. Bobby D. Jones

    It doesn't matter at all that the state is 95% white. Iowa is a blue state, and Obama will receive those electoral votes. Even as a Republican, I am proud of what Sen. Obama is symbolizing – that our country will look past race and color to elect, whom they believe, the best man for the job.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  257. Aaron


    I hope you realize why the people in Iowa support Obama. It's because he supports millions upon millions of dollars in subsidies for corn crops. You know, the subsidies that waste American dollars by supporting an innefficient fuel source, a subsidy that promotes mega-farms and push the small farmer out of business, subsidies that could be used to build wind turbines and hydroelectric power plants but instead allow fields to lie fallow. Does it matter that they are white!? No it matters that Obama has promised to take money from everyone else and give it to the people of Iowa, just like he is going to give money to every person in every state. Jack, take your democrat commrads and please go figure out how Obama is going to pay for his massive corn subsidies and everything else and then start throwing up statistics.

    September 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  258. Felicia Brown

    Obama is going to need Iowa and many more states with a high percentage of whites if he is going to win. Palin was brought in for one reason and that is to appeal to those blue collared white woman. Hopefully voters will not make the mistake this time of putting someone in office they would rather " have a beer with", or in this case " eat moose stew with". We don't need another 4 years of Bush/Cheney!

    September 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm |