8 Questions on the Table in Today's Primaries

Obama and Clinton face off in what could be decisive contests
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 7:04 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., greets supporters as she enters a rally in Evansville, Ind., Monday, May 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Voters in North Carolina and Indiana go to the polls today in what many are seeing as the last major battle in the Democratic race. The Washington Post outlines the stakes.

  1. Has Obama put the Wright controversy behind him? Pretty much, say both sides; it's a media story now.
  2. How's the gas tax holiday playing? Economists hate it, but it was a smart strategic move for Clinton.
  3. Is the race going to the convention? At least until June 3, if Hillary wins one of today's contests.

  1. What states matter from here on out? None, really: the remaining races aren't competitive.
  2. Whose endorsement can make a difference? Gore, Pelosi and Reid, but they're not talking; Edwards, perhaps.
  3. Can Obama win the white working class? They'll shift from Clinton to him come November, but McCain will fight hard for that demo.
  4. And what about Hillary and black voters? A much bigger worry for the party; if Barack's not on the ticket, African-Americans and the young might not turn out.
  5. Whom do Republicans fear more? Probably Obama, but "make no mistake," said one strategist, "both would be tough."