The 2008 election was one of the most highly anticipated and emotional elections in recent memory, culminating in the election of America’s first African-American president. A faltering economy and the waning popularity of the outgoing administration paved the way for a resounding Democratic victory. President-Elect Barack Obama redrew the electoral map poaching once Republican strongholds like North Carolina and Indiana. In the House and Senate, Democrats made significant gains though they fell short of a filibuster-proof majority. Perhaps more so than any other election, candidates from both parties enjoyed the unflinching support of armies of volunteers and organizers. These stories take a closer look into these campaigns and those who channel so much of their energy, passion and faith into the political candidates they support. View Election Stories 2008.
Photo by Natasha Rostovtseva
Some great work by Carolina photojournalist Julie Turkewitz was recently featured on Kenneth Cole’s AwearnessBlog.com, a social justice weblog and forum that was spun off from the designers Awearness Fund, a charitable campaign to fight AIDS and homelessness. Read what Julie had to say about this photograph of Hillary Clinton taken from the South Carolina Democratic primary.
I took this image in January, a day before the South Carolina Democratic primary. As a twenty-something, this is the first time I’ve seen people actually get excited about politics.
When I was in South Carolina, there was this undeniable energy – volunteers on every street corner, students parading through campus yelling for people to vote – that I had never seen before. The feeling was, and I think still is, that with the race so tight, individual votes actually count for something.
I spent the entire weekend of the primary trying to capture the excitement. I got this intense adrenaline rush when I finally snapped this image.
Photo by Julie Turkewitz