Obama favored in his ancestral Kenyan village

AP News
Posted: Nov 05, 2012 10:05 AM
Obama favored in his ancestral Kenyan village

KOGELO, Kenya (AP) — At President Barack Obama's ancestral village in Kenya, witch doctor John Dimo tossed some shells, bones and other items to determine who will win Tuesday's election.

After throwing the objects like so many dice outside his hut in Kogelo village, Dimo, who says he is 105 years old, points to a white shell and declares: "Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to win."

It's not a surprising result in Kogelo, Obama's late father's hometown in western Kenya, where expectations of an Obama election victory over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were high on Monday.

While pollsters in the U.S. are using interviews, statistical analysis and the technology to predict the outcome of the election in America — one that is expected to be close — Dimo uses techniques he learned from his father, and is confident of his predictions.

Obama is the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya and has five Kenyan half-brothers and a half-sister.

Half-brother Malik Obama said Sunday the family sees no reason why Obama shouldn't be elected for a second term. He was speaking during a sports tournament he organizes every year in honor of their late father, Barack Obama Sr.