Senator Clinton Wins Pa. Primary, Narrows Delegate Gap

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton stays alive in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

After her 10-point win over Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, Clinton told supporters that Americans "deserve a president who doesn't quit."

Clinton won 66 delegates in the state so far, cutting slightly into Barack Obama's overall lead. Obama added 57 delegates to his total with 35 delegates left to be allocated.

The nominating contest now moves to North Carolina, where Obama is favored, and Indiana, where the race is close. Voters in both states head to the polls May 6th.

Obama spoke in Evansville, Indiana, Tuesday night. He noted the nasty tone of the Pennsylvania campaign, saying the "distractions" and "bickering" trivialize the issues.

Regardless, Clinton's core support base showed up for the former first lady.

According to preliminary figures from exit polls, working-class caucasian voters rallied around her. Clinton won support from two of three caucasians without college degrees, and about the same number of caucasians from families earning less than $50,000 a year. This was one of her stronger performances of the year with these groups.

Gun owners, people who attend church at least weekly, and rural residents were all supporting Clinton by margins of about six in ten. More rural voters also chose Clinton over Barack Obama when asked which candidate was more in touch with them. More than fifty-percent of those asked that question said they connected with both candidates.

Obama won Democrats who had newly flocked to the party for the day's showdown and scored even stronger than usual with African-Americans.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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