Election 2008

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Clinton and Obama to Square Off Once Again

May 05, 2008 05:37 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Billed as yet another make-or-break day of primaries, May 6 will see contests held in North Carolina and Indiana, and may bring an end to a prolonged Democratic Primary.

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With polls in both states separated by single digits, the candidates have spent every day since Pennsylvania’s April 22 contest crisscrossing the two states hoping to secure last minute support.

Clinton has seen her support surge in North Carolina, where the emergence of Barack Obama’s pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright on the national stage reportedly cost him votes. Though a recent poll suggests that he has mostly rebounded from the controversy.

In Indiana, polls have shown a close race, with the contest lead switching from day to day. Clinton’s support among remaining undecided voters, however, has shown to be stronger.

Clinton’s chances are also helped by the state’s working class demographic, which closely mirrors the populations of Pennsylvania and Ohio, states that both delivered victories for the New York senator.

For that reason, both candidates have focused mostly on trade and economic policies during their time in Indiana.

Obama currently leads Clinton in overall delegates by 137, though neither will likely reach the necessary 2,024 needed to secure the Democratic nomination.

According to current polls, Clinton is unlikely to catch up with Obama in the delegate count. However, her campaign has argued that she is the more electable candidate against John McCain, and is hoping to receive the support of those superdelegates that could move to back her, thus moving the primary results in her favor.

Headline Links: Candidates to meet in potentially decisive contests

Both candidates took to the airwaves last weekend, each provided with an hour-long opportunity to answer questions and address voter concerns. Barack Obama visited “Meet the Press,” while Hillary Clinton attended a town hall style interview on ABC’s, “This Week.” Video exerpts of both interviews are available on both programs’ Web sites.

Background: What the polls are saying

Reactions: Significance of the outcomes, Clinton strategies

Opinion & Analysis: Hillary’s momentum, superdelegate switches, the “Nuclear Decision”

Reference: The race thus far

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