Indiana, North Carolina
The 2008 Democratic primaries
Article added on May 7, 2008 at 08:05 Paris time
Jeremiah Wright controversy and no win in a
big state for quite some time, it was crucial for Barack Obama to win
the 2008 Democratic primary in North
Carolina. In some polls, his impressive double digit lead over party rival
Hillary Clinton had melted to single digits after his pastor repeated some
of his outrageous remarks, which forced Obama to break up with his pastor
for 20 years.
Since 99% of all precincts in North Carolina have been counted, there can be
no more doubt that Barack Obama's impressive win with 56% of all votes over
Hillary Clinton with only 42% of the votes in North Carolina reinforce his
status as the frontrunner and likely candidate in the 2008 Democratic
The largely African American party base in North Carolina was not pulled off
by Obama's handling of the Wright controversy. According to exit polls, he
got some 90% of the African American vote. White voters did not defect in
large numbers either. Obama's appeal among Democrats remained intact.
More importantly, in Indiana too, the Wright controversy had no major
negative effect on Barack Obama's Democratic primary result. After 99% of
all precincts have been counted, Hillary Clinton maintains only a narrow
lead of 2% over her opponent for the Democratic nomination for president.
Hillary Clinton's win in Indiana with 51% compared to Barack Obama's 49%
represent what the senator from Illinois needed: a virtual tie to undercut
Clinton's claim to have the momentum on her side.
May 6, 2008 will go down as a black day in the life of Hillary Clinton who
has been unable to narrow the gap in pledged delegates separating herself from
Barack Obama; on the contrary, the gap has widened.
The already small possibility of seeing a female president taking the White
House in November has been reduced further. Only a major blow - such as a
video showing Barack Obama in the church applauding Jeremiah Wright during
the reverend's insane speech claiming that the United States government
created the AIDS virus to decimate African Americans - could sink Obama's
chances of becoming
the Democratic presidential candidate.
On May 6, 2008 at total of 218 delegates were at stake, 84 in Indiana and
134 in North Carolina. As predicted, Barack Obama won North Carolina,
Hillary Clinton Indiana. Mathematics can be cruel. Hillary Clinton was very
far from the needed overwhelming double digit wins she needs in all upcoming
primaries in order to reduce the gap in pledged delegates.
Once again we have to repeat, for the sake of the unity of the Democratic
Party, Hillary Clinton should awaken from her state of self-delusion and
acknowledge Barack Obama as the party's presidential candidate. The race is
over. Will Clinton's money inflow stop now and force her to end her
Obama's opponent on the Republican side, senator John McCain, is the fairest
adversary he can get. A man who said that he is convinced that Obama does
not share Wright's outrageous ideas. Many Democrats wished the Clinton camp
shared McCain's sense of fairness and realism.
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