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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Obama Family in Kenya Watches US Vote

Sarah Hussein Obama, grandmother of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama sits in front of her home in the village of Nyagoma-Kogelo, western Kenya, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. Barack Obama phoned Kenya's opposition leader as diplomatic attempts to end Kenya's political crisis intensified Tuesday. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

KOGELO, Kenya (AP) — Seated on plastic chairs surrounded by chickens and barefoot children, Barack Obama's Kenyan relatives listened to the radio Tuesday for news of how their favorite son was doing in the New Hampshire primary.

The early results were encouraging, bringing a whoop of satisfaction from the candidate's uncle. "Ah, that's wonderful," Said Obama declared, breaking into a wide grin. "But I don't want to jump just yet."

Results of the New Hampshire voting didn't become clear until well after midnight in Kenya, with Obama finishing a close second to Hillary Clinton. "I am still fired up and ready to go," he told cheering supporters.

Said Obama remained optimistic, saying Wednesday: "He still stands a good chance. I don't think it's too much of a setback because there was a time he was trailing Hillary and if he was the kind of man who gives up, he would have given up then." (MORE)

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