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On the first of many election nights (leading up to November 4, 2008), the key word was “change” and the few hundred thousand people who voted opted for Obama and Huckabee as their agents. Iowa is a tiny state, but it offers an interesting snapshot and tonight’s results are historic, no matter who is elected president of the U.S. in 11 months. Just how historic remains to be seen. Some quick observations from the sofa:

— Interesting that Iowa is 94.6% white, according to recent data.

— Hillary declared victory…for Democrats, in a strange speech during which her husband looked pretty down most of the time. She came in third.

— Barack Obama sounded more like a Clinton than his rival, optimistically talking about “hope.” His stirring, emotional speech was pretty amazing.

— Obama beat Clinton among women voters, according to CNN.

— CNN also says that younger Democrat voters went with Obama, while older ones sides with Hillary.

— Both McCain and Giuliani didn’t really campaign in Iowa, yet McCain seems even stronger with his 13% to Rudy’s 3%.

— Dodd and Biden are apparently already dropping out and their votes are likely to go to Obama and Edwards.

— Is it true that many would be Obama supporters were in the closet, just waiting for him to win something so they could step out and declare their support?

1 down and about 28 more to go between now and February 5th, when things might be a lot clearer.

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