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Obama Beats Clinton in Mississippi

By Chris Cillizza
Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) defeated Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) in Mississippi's Democratic primary, a widely expected win that sets up a six-week window without a vote before Pennsylvania's important April 22 primary.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Eastern time in Mississippi, and the race was called by various television networks as well as the Associated Press within 30 minutes -- a sign of Obama's convincing victory.

Voters in Mississippi divided starkly along racial lines, according to exit polls cited by the Associated Press. Roughly 90 percent of black voters backed Obama while roughly seven in ten white voters went for Clinton, the AP noted.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  March 11, 2008; 9:17 PM ET
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