Indiana (Clinton 51%, Obama 49%), North Carolina (Obama 56%, Clinton 42%)
CNN called Indiana for Clinton (51%) and Obama (49%) way after midnight. (Lake County took a long time to count votes.) Obama conceded before they were in, which allowed Clinton to give her winner’s speech. It was a smart decision on his part.
John was sad Indiana didn’t make history and finish the process off by giving him the win. Am I disappointed as George hoped I would be? Not too. 2%? That’s a pretty tiny spread in a state that would go for McCain anyway. And I’m especially happy when I compare it to North Carolina’s where Obama cleaned up with a 14% spread in a much larger state that can still go Blue. And in fact, Indiana may have given Obama the nomination by blocking Clinton from getting the number of delegates she needed. I’m not sure mathematically if Clinton can win the nomination now.
As an added bonus Obama’s results were in way early, which meant he got lots of good airtime all night long. His delegate count lead is strong. The Wright thing didn’t seem to affect much. Voter turn out in Indiana was phenomenal! And now voters are engaged, energized and, best of all, better educated about the process. That will make things better for whoever gets the nomination in November.
Obama and Clinton both deserve a lot of credit. They worked very hard. I saw Obama folks everywhere–on nearly every sidewalk, driving vans with loudspeakers, and taking every chance to help educate people on how to vote.
No matter what happens, this race has activated voters in a way that I’ve never seen before, and that is good for the U.S.
It’s nice to have hope again.