Obama Cuts Clinton’s White Lead; Hillary Wins Latinos

By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 6:33 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., stand together before the start of a Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles, Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One question hanging over Super Tuesday primaries was whether Barack Obama could attract white supporters across the country more effectively than he had in his South Carolina win. Obama answered that in the affirmative, losing white voters last night to Hillary Clinton by a much narrower margin of 44% to 50%. Clinton dominated among Hispanics by 61% to 38%, while Obama grabbed 80% of African-American voters, the New York Post reports.

The junior senators from Illinois and New York split those who made up their minds over the past three days, with 47% choosing Obama and 46% Clinton, according to CNN. Among Obama voters, 74% said “change” was the top quality they sought, while only 3% sought experience—the highest priority for 45% of Clinton voters.