Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Race again played a pivotal role in Tuesday's Democratic presidential clashes, as whites in Indiana and North Carolina leaned solidly toward Hillary Rodham Clinton and blacks voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, exit polls showed. Almost half said they were influenced by the focus on Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

EXIT POLLS polls show that the ultimate nominee will have to do some serious fence-mending. Many Democratic primary voters say they would abandon the party if their favored candidate does not win the nomination -- with a substantial number saying they would vote for Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee.

Obama will maintain a triple-digit lead in pledged delegates after Tuesday's vote. He has less than 200 delegates to get to win the nomination.

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