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Clinton Narrowly Wins in Indiana while Obama Romps in North Carolina

By Chris Cillizza
Sen. Barack Obama won a convincing victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday in North Carolina and nearly toppled her in Indiana, twin results that could ramp up pressure on the New York senator to reconsider her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton claimed a 51 percent to 49 percent victory in Indiana, a margin of just 22,000 votes statewide out of 1.2 million votes cast. The result was badly delayed due to extremely slow counting of votes in Lake County, a northwestern area seen as strong Obama country.

Clinton emerged just before 10:45 p.m. yesterday in Indianapolis, showing no signs of backing down despite her defeat in North Carolina and the uncertainty of the outcome in Indiana.

"We've come from behind," Clinton said. "We've broken the tie and thanks to you its full speed on to the White House."

In his victory speech in Raleigh, N.C., earlier in the evening, Obama made clear that North Carolina had not been the "game changer" that Clinton had predicted it would be.

"There were those who were saying North Carolina would be a game changer in this election," Obama said. "What North Carolina decided is the only game that needs changing is the one in Washington, D.C."

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By Web Politics Editor  |  May 7, 2008; 1:26 AM ET
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I am proud of Senator Obama. Hillary drop out gracefully and help unite our party.

Posted by: A.D | May 7, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA needs to hit 36% of his layups down the stretch....

Posted by: I funked stats | May 7, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

177 to 2025 Obama (likely 172)
332 to 2025 Clinton (likely 327)
488 total delegates remain
264 supers 214 elected (10 elected IN NC not awarded)


Posted by: Delegate Math | May 7, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

To complaints about lack of Asian representation in the US:

Most whites in the UK (where I am from) are nothing like that! Indeed, many whites from America itself are nothing like the whites you mock here. Moreover, whites from the non-anglophone world would hardly recognise any of the stereotypes you portray here. Talk about ethnocentric!

I suspect you are an Angry Asian Male (AAM) who has been brought up and educated among upper-middle class whites, subjected to their patronising behaviour and seen most of "your" fellow Asian women hook up with white men. This blog is your way of expressing your anger and getting some measure of revenge against the whites who have bothered you for so long. It's funny and all, but please remember the target of your lampooning is a very narrow sub-section of the Caucasian race as a whole.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Till Michigan and Florida VOTES are COUNTED into the POOL Hillary is our Victor..
Ohterwise I have to follow the families Choice .....and i donot like that.
Count Michigan and FLORID NOW. IT IS OUR constituion Rigth !Michigan been in A ression for over 5 years...Love your country

Posted by: sigup | May 7, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hillary will campaign these last few weeks without telling half-truths. She has some good, positive messages, but she should not mix them with what others have called 'Rovian' statements about others.

Why are most reporters inconsistent in how they use statistics? They report Clinton's Indiana winning margin as 2 percent and Obama's North Carolina margin as 14 percent. By doing this they rounded up Clinton's number from 1.8 to 2 percent and rounded down Obama's number from 14.7 to 14 percent. How about using 'almost 2 percent' and 'almost 15 percent'?

Posted by: Phil | May 7, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hillary, Remember to say thank you to Rush Limbaugh. He would probably lend you some money if you'd ask.

Posted by: gmundenat | May 7, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse


I'm right here.

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The fact also is, they campaigned as hard as they could in NC with almost three events to Obamas one. He was running against the whole family as they criss crossed the state and it didn't matter. Hillary's idea that she is the stronger candidate is false. Her kind of BS politics is over. Times have changed and information is to available. You can't lie yourself out of anything anymore with youtube, cell phone cams and so on. Say something and it is abound the world in an hour. I would say if this kind of technology was around in 1992 Bill Clinton would have never been president in the first place. Politics will never be the same again. This was the first presidential race people fully plugged in and we see what happened.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This is interesting. Barack is ahead in this poll too. Check out

Posted by: votenic | May 7, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The question is which one of her supporters will tell her the facts that it is time to drop out. Since her campaign is now for winning in 2012 she will want to run through all the primaries. As long as the tone is less negative there will not be pressure on her to drop out, except for the press who will change their tone, I suspect, to one that is more favorable to Obama.

The best that Barack can hope for from Hillary is a graceful exit and no sabotage to his campaign.

Posted by: Gator-ron | May 7, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

To complaints about lack of Asian representation in the US:

Asians have been very successful in their personal achievements such as education, science/engineering and business, but less prominent in politics or community activities.

It would be useless to complain about not having the opportunity to rise to the top in politics. It may be more useful to think beyond self. What can you do for the community and country? Get involved starting in your local community.

Asians cannot unite, perhaps because they are very caught up in personal success. It can also be another kind of contributions to our society, but may not be in politics. You just have to get involved early on.

If you or your parents think they are still visitors in this country after 30 years, there is no hope in representing anybody here. If your kids will grow up here and you don't really want to move back to Asia, you may want to think what's the best for your children in this country and work for it. If you can't cut the ties, you will remain a bitter visitor.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Linbaugh's Operation Chaos must have helped Hillary squeak by in Indiana. On the one hand, I wish she could be the Dem nominee so McCain can fry her in November. On the other, I want the best nominee from each party to compete in November.

Too all those that called black voters who voted for Obama racists:

Lake County, IN has showed us that voters in that country did not vote based on race. Nobody ever complains when a white person votes for another white candidate. Why cry foul when a black voter votes for a black candidate?

The best solution is to have more kids and thus votes if you are willing to take more responsibility. The same black folks had voted for Bill Clinton twice before. Now they see clearly a much more qualified candidate, Obama than his wife, they have every right to choose whoever to their liking. It is unfair to point fingers at differences with contempt.
BTW, I am no black.

I am really glad the Clinton dynasty may be over unless Chelsea quits her hedge fund job, and do hope NY won't vote her back to the Senate. But Hillary can run again in 2012. That's why she wants to damage Obama so much that he will not get elected in November. It's much harder to run against an incumbent and she knows he is a much more qualified candidate than she is.

2012 is her last chance, but unfortunately, she has shown Americans what kind of politician she is. She may be done for by now. Bill knew she is finished last night. He did not look a bit excited during her victory speech. Her followers posted lots of angry comments even during her IN "winning" speech. I guess they are angry at being cheated for one last time by Hillary. There will be plenty of time for her to write another book about her bitter campaign and visit her old buddy Spitzer now.

I do want a woman president some day. She will have to climb to the top by her own merit. I am no Republican, but Conde Rice is the one I know in our time. However, Dr. Rice is more interested in education back in Stanford than the Oval Office. It's our loss.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Where is JakeD today?

Posted by: ccc | May 7, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

There is no way Hillary can beat Barack. It is now time for her to join him.

You ran an OK race and you have fought a good fight Hillary. Give it a rest now.

As former First Family, I'd like to see you have the decency to maintain some level of dignity.

You must recognize when it is time to quit.

Posted by: Reggie Boykins | May 7, 2008 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama & North Carolina = check mate.

Unexpectedly small victory in Indiana by Hillary, unexpectedly large victory in North Carolina by Obama...

Bring on McCain so we can throw the Republican bumbs out in November 2008!

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 7, 2008 4:00 AM | Report abuse

Asians definitely have a right to be angry.

The lesson to be learned here is assimilating is not the answer. The problem with Asian people is they try to hard to please people. Be who you are, and if people don't like you, that's their problem. It has to start with the family and the communities. Instead of faulting yourself, fault society at large.
It's hard for Asian Americans growing up. Turn on television and there are no role models to look up to. Everyone always comes up to the generic answer of look up to your parents...well, while you might look up to your parents for some things, you're definitely not going to look up to your parents for all things.
There needs to be more Asian Americans in the media and in Hollywood. Hollywood does a ridiculous job of trying to perpetuate stereotypes against Asians. Why is that on Heroes, you have the dorkiest looking dude cast, who can't speak English.
Hollywood refuses to cast an articulate, good-looking Asian male for its own racist reasons.
For a while, this country thought all black people were ugly, had VD, and basically were grimy people. With shows like 24, and commercials where black guys and white dudes are hanging out, and the white guy always messing up, and the black guy correcting them, race relations have to got to a point today where there's a viable black candidate.
Meanwhile, there's no prominent Asian males on television outside of martial arts or other stereotypical roles and there's no cry for more Asians in Congress or putting an Asian in the White House.
Asian Americans need to have a stronger voice. They need to unite, and let their presence to known. We might not be a monolithic group, but racist America definitely thinks we are.
Change doesn't happen simply with dialogue. There needs to be a stimulus, a catalyst. It's time to produce that catalyst.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:48 AM | Report abuse

It's absolutely ridiculous how the racism toward Asian Americans is ignored in this country.

That's why I believe that, as repugnant as it may seem, some good old fashioned lack of perspective may do Asians good.

After all, we've spent the entire post-WW2 period being a model minority, and what has it gotten us? Ridicule in popular culture, quotas in school admissions, and blatant indifference from the two major political parties.

Meanwhile, more activist minorities rule popular culture, benefit (sort of--long discussion possible here) from affirmative action and government contracts, and are courted heavily by Democrats and Republicans alike.

We're supposed to be smart, but it sure seems like we're being dumb.

Posted by: RACISM EXISTS | May 7, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama will win the nomination.

He will also win the general election if we Democrats can come together.

A lot will depend on whether Sen. Clinton will rally her supporters and start to campaign for Obama when the primaries are over in June.

In other words, is she a true leader for the Democratic party and for the people of this country? We will find out in June.

Posted by: united we stand! | May 7, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

At this point, Hillary supporters should go to Obama's appearances and try to ask him questions designed to reveal the huge glaring flaws in his policies, then upload his response to Youtube. There are a few *policy-related* questions here that would leave Obama spluttering for a response:

The questions are available in printable form, so if you can't ask the questions yourself print up copies and hand them out before Obama's appearances.

The MSM will never ask Obama these questions, so it's up to us. And, since I intend to hit the road and ask the questions myself if necessary, Democrats might consider it the much better option that they be asked now rather than later.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | May 7, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

Obama has a 99.9% chance of getting the nomination. What that really means is I still have a chance?

Hillary Clinton. Math is for elitists!

Posted by: UncleRemus | May 7, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is done! Only "fuzzy" math can save her and we all know that is not happening.

Hillary LOST! What is there to do but just exit gracefully. Once a loser, always a loser. And good riddance!!!!

Bring down the Clinton "smearing" machine. And please let the door "slam" her on the way out.

Good night and farewell!!!!

Posted by: Carlos | May 7, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

OOPS! 22,000 it is.

Posted by: Boboh | May 7, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

The WP article says Hillary won by 22,000 votes in Indiana. That is wrong arithmetic; she won by only 12,500 or so out of about 1.2 million votes cast (with 99% reported). So her winning margin was only about 1%

Posted by: Boboh | May 7, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: LL | May 7, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

The fighting needs to stop NOW. Unite for the party, unite for 4 years of change.

Posted by: Its over | May 7, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

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