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Clinton Wins Indiana, Obama Takes N.C.

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/06/politics/main4073609.shtml Clinton Wins Indiana, Obama Takes N.C. CBS News Projects Democrats Will Split Tuesday s
    Message 1 of 1 , May 6, 2008

      Clinton Wins Indiana, Obama Takes N.C.
      CBS News Projects Democrats Will Split Tuesday's Big

      EVANSVILLE, Ind., May 6, 2008

      (CBS/AP) CBS News projects that Hillary Rodham Clinton
      will win the Indiana Democratic primary and Barack
      Obama will win in North Carolina.

      Clinton pulled off an Indiana win in what was a
      virtual must-win Midwestern state. With 85 percent of
      the votes being reported in the state, she was leading
      Obama 52 percent to 48 percent.

      At a rally in Indianapolis, Clinton said that her
      Indiana victory had "broken the tie."

      "And thanks to you, it's full speed to the White
      House," she said to the cheering crowd.

      Obama's North Carolina victory mirrored earlier
      triumphs in Southern states with large black
      populations: Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and South
      Carolina among them. With 85 percent of the votes in
      North Carolina being reported, Obama was leading
      Clinton 56 percent to 42 percent.

      At his own rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, Obama
      struck a conciliatory tone by acknowledging Clinton's
      Indiana win, which CBS News has projected.

      "I want to start by congratulating Senator Clinton in
      what appears to be her victory in the great state of
      Indiana," he said.

      Obama went on to tout his North Carolina victory as a
      win in a "big state, in a swing state," and vowed to
      compete to win it in the general election.

      CBS News exit poll results show that most voters in
      both states made up their minds a while ago. Only 18
      percent in Indiana and 14 percent in North Carolina
      decided in the last three days. Twenty-five percent in
      Indiana and 20 percent in North Carolina decided in
      the last week.

      Late deciders backed Clinton in Indiana by a margin of
      59 percent to 41 percent for Obama. In North Carolina,
      Obama won late deciders by a much smaller margin of 49
      percent to 48 percent.

      As it has been throughout the Democratic primaries,
      the economy was the most important issue in both
      states with 67 percent of voters in Indiana describing
      it as such and 61 percent in North Carolina. In
      Indiana, 49 percent of voters said Clinton would be
      more likely to improve the economy and 47 percent said
      that Obama would. In North Carolina, 53 percent said
      that Obama would be more likely to improve the economy
      and 42 percent said that Clinton would.

      Nearly half of voters in both states said the
      situation with Obama's former pastor Reverend Wright
      was important in their vote, while half said that it
      was not. In Indiana, 46 percent said that it was
      important and 51 percent said that it was not, while
      in North Carolina, 47 percent said the Wright
      situation was important in their vote and 51 percent
      said that it was not.

      In both states, more voters thought that Clinton
      attacked Obama unfairly than vice-versa. Sixty-four
      percent of Indiana voters and 67 percent of North
      Carolina voters thought Clinton attacked her opponent
      unfairly, while only 44 percent in Indiana and 40
      percent in North Carolina thought that Obama unfairly
      attacked Clinton.

      Looking ahead to the general election, CBS News early
      exit polls showed that the majority of voters said
      that they would not be satisfied if the Democratic
      candidate they did not support were to become the
      nominee. Only 35 percent of Clinton voters in Indiana
      and 34 percent in North Carolina said they would be
      satisfied with Obama. Forty percent of Obama voters in
      Indiana and 45 percent in North Carolina would be
      satisfied if Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee.

      Obama was seen as the candidate with the best chance
      at beating presumptive Republican nominee John McCain
      in the general election. Forty-seven percent of voters
      in Indiana thought that Clinton could McCain, while 50
      percent thought that Obama could win in November. In
      North Carolina, 39 percent thought that Clinton could
      beat McCain and 55 percent thought that Obama could
      beat the Arizona senator.

      Obama had 1,830 delegates to 1,680 for Clinton in the
      latest CBS News delegate count. 2,025 are needed for
      the nomination.

      In Indiana, Clinton was leading Obama with 38
      delegates to Obama's 29. In North Carolina, Obama was
      ahead 35 to 23.

      Both races were dominated in the final days by
      Clinton's call for a summertime suspension of the
      federal gasoline tax, an issue that she created after
      scoring a victory in the Pennsylvania primary two
      weeks ago.

      Obama ridiculed the proposal as a stunt that would
      cost jobs, not the break for consumers she claimed.
      The two rivals dug in, devoting personal campaign time
      and television commercials to the issue.

      Indiana had 72 delegates at stake, and Clinton
      projected confidence about the results by arranging a
      primary-night appearance in Indianapolis.

      North Carolina had 115 delegates at stake, and Obama
      countered with a rally in Raleigh.

      The rivals made their final appeals in Indiana as the
      polls opened, the former first lady at the famed
      Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Obama greeting early
      morning diners at a restaurant.

      Clinton declined to offer a prediction about the
      outcome. Obama wouldn't either, except to say, "I
      think it's going to be close."

      Obama leads Clinton in delegates won in primaries and
      caucuses. Despite his defeat two weeks ago, he has
      steadily whittled away at her advantage in
      superdelegates in the past two weeks and trails 257 to

      Clinton saved her candidacy with her win in
      Pennsylvania, and she campaigned aggressively in
      Indiana in hopes of denying Obama a victory next door
      to his home state of Illinois. Indiana is home to
      large numbers of blue-collar workers who have been
      attracted to the former first lady, and she sought to
      use her call for a federal gas tax holiday to draw
      them and other economically pinched voters closer.

      Inevitably, the issue quickly took on larger

      Obama said it symbolized a candidacy consisting of
      "phony ideas, calculated to win elections instead of
      actually solving problems."

      Clinton retorted, "Instead of attacking the problem,
      he's attacking my solutions," and ran an ad in the
      campaign's final hours that said she "gets it."

      To a large extent, the gasoline tax eclipsed the
      controversy surrounding Obama's former pastor. After
      saying several weeks earlier he could not disown the
      Rev. Jeremiah Wright for his fiery sermons, Obama did
      precisely that when the minister embarked on a media

      At a news conference in North Carolina last week,
      Obama equated Wright's comments with "giving comfort
      to those who prey on hate."

      The balance of the primary schedule includes West
      Virginia, with 28 delegates on May 13; Oregon with 52
      and Kentucky with 51 a week later; Puerto Rico with 55
      delegates on June 1, and Montana with 16 and South
      Dakota with 15 on June 3.

      Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nomination
      already in hand, campaigned in North Carolina and
      assailed Obama for his vote against confirmation of
      Chief Justice John Roberts.

      "Senator Obama in particular likes to talk up his
      background as a lecturer on law, and also as someone
      who can work across the aisle to get things done,"
      McCain said. "But ... he went right along with the
      partisan crowd, and was among the 22 senators to vote
      against this highly qualified nominee."

      Clinton also voted against Roberts, but McCain, as if
      often the case, focused his remarks on Obama.

      Obama's campaign responded that the Republican would
      pick judges who represent a threat to abortion rights
      and to McCain's own legislation to limit the role of
      money in political campaigns.
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