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Confidence, calm were key to Obama's success

Candidate 'simply fit the time very well'

The July 23 debate at the Citadel military college in Charlestown, S.C., was a turning point in the campaign, when Clinton's and Obama's worldviews clashed and they began to stand apart. The July 23 debate at the Citadel military college in Charlestown, S.C., was a turning point in the campaign, when Clinton's and Obama's worldviews clashed and they began to stand apart. (File/STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
By Scott Helman
Globe Staff / June 4, 2008

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Until one night in Charleston, S.C., 10 months ago, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were just shadowboxing, politely charting separate paths to the Democratic nomination. Clinton was the establishment choice, next in line, the clear favorite. Obama was the political upstart who dared challenge convention. (Full article: 1397 words)

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