Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., smiles during a campaign stop at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP)
CBS News projects that Hillary Rodham Clinton will win the Indiana Democratic primary and Barack Obama will win in North Carolina. Clinton pulled off an Indiana win in what was a virtual must-win Midwestern state, but her margin of victory appears to be small. With 91 percent of the votes being reported in the state, she was leading Obama 51 percent to 49 percent. At a rally in Indianapolis, Clinton said that her Indiana victory had "broken the tie."
"And thanks to you, it's full speed to the White House," she said to the cheering crowd.
CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder reports Clinton will talk with her campaign brain trust on Wednesday to decide what to do next. Obama's North Carolina victory mirrored earlier triumphs in Southern states with large black populations: Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina among them. With 99 percent of the votes in North Carolina being reported, Obama was leading Clinton 56 percent to 42 percent. At his own rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, Obama struck a conciliatory tone by acknowledging Clinton's Indiana win.
"I want to start by congratulating Senator Clinton in what appears to be her victory in the great state of Indiana," he said.
Obama went on to tout his North Carolina victory as a win in a "big state, in a swing state," and vowed to compete to win it in the general election.
CBS News exit poll results show that most voters in both states made up their minds a while ago. Only 18 percent in Indiana and 14 percent in North Carolina decided in the last three days. Twenty-five percent in Indiana and 20 percent in North Carolina decided in the last week.