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May 07, 2008

Obama Wins North Carolina …. Clinton Wins Indiana … On to WVA and Kentucky as Democratic Party Divides

Posted in: Al Gore,Barack Obama,Bloggers,Hillary Clinton,Politics,Presidential Election 2008

Last might Barack Obama, as expected, won big in North Carolina while Hillary Clinton managed to win a close race in the Indiana primary. It is becoming quite obvious and rather ironic that the Democratic Primaries are looking more like a general election between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats win the inner cities and minorities, while Republicans win the rural and the berbs. Obama is overwhelmingly winning inner cities while Hillary Clinton wins the rest of the rural counties. The end result, Obama wins NC, but could he ever do it in a general election against a candidate like John McCain who has great cross over appeal?


However, one thing is for certain that even though Obama continues to lead in the popular vote and delegates … there is trouble in Democratic Paradise. Exit polls are plainly showing that there is a great division in the Party. As the Gateway Pundit and Michelle Malkin point out, The Reverend Wright issue did play an issue with voters in IN and NC.

A sharply divided electorate made for a close contest in Indiana, where working-class whites and controversy over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright worked to Hillary Clinton’s advantage, while liberals, new voters and the mantle of change boosted Barack Obama. (ABC News)

However, here is the news story of the night. As the political battle wages on between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party is seeing a further divide and a split that may be all but impossible to mend. Check out the exit polls that show the divisiveness between Obama and Clinton supporters.

Nearly six in ten Obama supporters in Indiana say they would be dissatisfied if Clinton were the nominee — that’s (I believe) the high percentage of Obama supporters who have ever said that.

In both IN and NC, two thirds of Clinton supporters say they’d be dissatisfied if Obama were the nominee — I believe that’s the highest number recorded for that question, too.

The percentage of Clinton voters who say they’d choose McCain over Obama in a general election is approaching 40% in Indiana. Put it another way: in North Carolina, less than HALF of folks who voted today for Hillary Clinton are ready to say today that they’d definitely vote for Obama in a general election.

Could the divide get worse? Anything is possible. As the Back Yard Conservative reminds us, Reverend Wright may be working on a book. Also remember, the Democratic primary has been run off of great political passion which is tremendous for the process if you win. However, for the losing side … the pain and resentment will endure. In sports, its much easier to accept a blow out loss than a last second defeat. Just ask Al Gore, who has never recovered from Election 2000.

Its on to Kentucky where Clinton has a huge lead in the polls and West Virginia where Clinton leads 56%–27%.

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