South Carolina Primary Update: Big Turnout, Big Obama Win, No Voting Machine Problems!

I’ve been closely following reports from South Carolina today. Turnout was high, Obama seems to have pulled out a big win, and following up on my posting yesterday, there seem to have been no major problems with voting machines (unlike last week’s Republican primary in South Carolina).

Here’s a snip from NPR:

No problems were reported with any voting equipment; during last Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary, an electronic voting machine malfunctioned.

A Reuters/C-Span/Zogby poll released Saturday showed Obama leading with 41 percent of the South Carolina vote, compared to Clinton’s 26 percent. Edwards placed third with 19 percent.

And here’s a snip from Reuters:

Voter turnout was heavy soon after polls opened at 7 a.m. under cloudy skies and chilly temperatures around much of the state, with long lines at polling places reported in early morning balloting.

Record turnout of more than 300,000 is expected in the first Democratic primary in the South, where black voters are likely to make up about half of the electorate. Polls close at 7 p.m., with results available soon afterward.