Late Count Mars Clinton Victory

Focus turns to one Ind. county
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 7:35 AM CDT
Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledges her supporters during her Indiana Primary night rally Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in Indianapolis.    (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(Newser) – If you went to bed early last night, you missed a bizarre political cliffhanger. Indiana’s Lake County, a populous northwestern county with a reputation for corruption, didn’t report its results until well after 1 am, a full 6 hours after the polls had closed. When the results finally arrived, Hillary Clinton’s steadily dwindling lead had shrunk to an unimpressive 2-point victory, the New York Post reports.

The lengthy delay raised some eyebrows, but Lake County officials refused to release tallies until they had counted all 11,000 absentee ballots. Gary Mayor Rudy Clay had an idea how the count was going, though. “Let me tell you, when all the votes are counted, when Gary comes in, I think you're looking at something for the world to see,” the Obama supporter said.