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.

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3 Comments on “Indiana (Clinton 51%, Obama 49%), North Carolina (Obama 56%, Clinton 42%)”

  1. lmb Says:

    I’ve been enjoying your election coverage, especially the behind the scenes post the other day! As much as it would be nice for this primary season to be over, it is pretty cool that the later-voting states actually count, and that so many people are getting out to vote—and actually having to think long and hard about who they’ll vote for.

  2. George Says:

    I agree it has been such a fun experience. In five days’ time I must have spent about 10 hours waiting to hear speeches. How lucky we have been to get to take part.

    So your guy’s in for sure–congratulations. Now let’s just pray that all your “hope” doesn’t turn to “wish” (i.e., “wish we would’ve had Hillary, she could’ve won”). : )

  3. Troy Says:

    George, I think you’re the key to keeping “hope” from turning to “wish” 🙂 Time for the real work to begin.

    For the record, I’m a long time Hillary fan, too, since she and Bill came to speak to us at Boys State in Arkansas, when Bill was governor when I was in high school. I’m a little frustrated with how things went down, but I think she’ll still do a lot of good in Washington. In my mind, her campaign style and her history was a problem that would be even greater than what Obama will face in November (who knows though? Elections are a mystery). Let’s just hope they can support each other now. Otherwise, it will be another long four years.

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