Obama Claws Back With Key Demos
Surveys show candidate recovering from Pa. setback
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 6:36 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to supporters in Raleigh, N.C., after winning the North Carolina Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, May 6, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama romped to victory in North Carolina and almost fought Hillary Clinton to a draw in Indiana by relying on his most loyal coalitions: young voters, African-Americans, and liberals. He also did better yesterday than in recent races among white men, pulling about 40% of that demo in Indiana. That puts Obama back at the level of support he enjoyed on Super Tuesday, reports Politico.

Nearly 7 in 10 voters in Indiana told exit pollsters the economy was the most important issue in the campaign. Obama did better with these voters than in recent contests, refuting claims that Clinton's gas-tax holiday proposal would propel her to victory. Obama also narrowed the gender gap among white voters that hurt him in Pennsylvania, where it spiked to double digits.