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.