Young voters continue to show they will play a crucial role in determining the next President of the United States.
They also continue to show that they are overwhelmingly behind Barack Obama.
In South Carolina, 68% of voters aged 18-29 supported Obama. Voters in their twenties and thirties made up a combined 30% of the total vote and nearly 67% went to Barack Obama.
Another interesting statistic: 52% of Southern white voters in the 18-29 group voted for Obama compared to just 15% of their grandparents (age 60 and older). While the reasons for this dramatic generational shift can be argued, I see a lot of hope in these numbers. The South, once plagued by division and discrimination, is slowly becoming more tolerant and inclusive.
Barack Obama's South Carolina Victory Speech will go down in history, like Iowa, as a watershed moment in American politics.
His message of unity, hope, and change is resonating for young people across the country who are tired of partisan gridlock and politics as usual.
We are showing that when we have a candidate and a movement we believe in we are ready to do more than complain; we are ready to caucus, to canvas, to organize and vote.
On February 5th, students and young professionals across the country will be making their voices heard. In California and Colorado, New York and Alabama we have the chance to make America become what we want it to be, what we have drifted away from over the past few decades.
As Barack Obama eloquently put it tonight: "The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It's not about rich versus poor; young versus old; and it is not about black versus white. It's about the past versus the future."
With re-energized and re-engaged young voters joining this growing coalition, the Obama movement just moved one step closer to that future tonight in South Carolina.