Clinton Wins by a Whisker in Indiana Primary

Her double-digit lead shrank to 2 points late
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 11:46 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., signs race car helmets during a campaign event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday, May 6, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton held on to beat Barack Obama by the slimmest of margins in the Indiana primary, CNN reports. Though Clinton led by double digits early in the night, Obama made a dramatic recovery late and closed the gap to 51% to 49%. Populous Lake County held up the results until after 1am ET. Having lost in North Carolina earlier, Clinton sorely needed an Indiana victory.

Clinton got 69% of the vote among those older than 65, a key to her win, CNN notes. She also beat Obama among white, blue-collar workers by about 65% to 34%, and she took 53% of the suburban vote, a bloc that had been dominated by Obama in recent contests. It was a virtual must-win for Clinton, who earlier made clear she was not going to end her campaign anytime soon.