Clinton's Next Real Test: Indiana

Hillary counts on economy to win state, silence doubters
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 1:03 PM CDT
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about jobs during a campaign discussion at the IBEW Local Union 5 Training Facility in Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday, April 2, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Right now all eyes are on Pennsylvania, but Hillary Clinton’s real proving ground will be Indiana, the Wall Street Journal says. Barack Obama led big in mid-February polling there, but the state is rife with the lower-income white voters who have so far flocked to Clinton. Winning them over would do much to silence the critics calling for her departure.

Obama is already running ads in Indiana, while the cash-strapped Clinton is relying on visits to spread her message. Clinton hopes to sway voters by focusing on the economy, a major issue in a state that lost 10,000 jobs in February. “Her strength is her clear advantage among white voters,” said one pollster, “that group known famously as 'Reagan Democrats.”