He said he had to win his birth state, and he did. John Edwards wins South Carolina. Results: Edwards 46 percent; Kerry 29 percent; Sharpton 9 percent; Clark 8 percent; Dean 5 percent; Lieberman 2 percent; Kucinich less than 1 percent.
Black voters split between Edwards and Kerry, with each getting a third of the vote. Sharpton got about one in six.
The AP: "Edwards dominated among voters who called the economy their biggest concern. He also scored well among whites, older people, the less-educated and voters who called themselves moderate or conservative. Edwards split the black vote with Kerry, despite the Massachusetts senator's high-profile endorsement from Rep. Jim Clyburn, the state's most influential black politician."
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.