Barack Obama is projected to win the South Carolina primary.

UPDATE: Did I say win? I meant romp like Godzilla.

In other news, popular Florida governor Charlie Crist has endorsed John McCain. This is a big blow to Romney in a hotly fought contest. I’m guessing McCain’s (relative) sanity on global warming had something to do with it. Don’t miss Grist’s interview with Crist.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Caroline Kennedy, son daughter of John F., endorses Obama.

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UPDATE: The big story tonight, yet again, is huge turnout — close to a half-million people — continuing a trend in the Dem primaries.

Looks like the semi-final numbers are Obama 55, Clinton 27, Edwards 18. That qualifies as, in the words of Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, “a good old-fashioned butt kicking.”

UPDATE: Here’s Obama’s (remarkable) victory speech:

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