It's primary election day in the Hoosier and Tarheel states today..Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama straddled North Carolina and Indiana on Monday on the eve of a pair of crucial primaries in the unceasing contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Both predicted the race would stretch into June, regardless of Tuesday's outcomes.
Clinton battled for an edge over Obama by plugging her summertime gas-tax holiday proposal at every stop. She's released a new TV spot in both states assailing Obama for his opposition to it. With polls showing Clinton chipping away at Obama's advantage here, both candidates darted back to North Carolina for some last-minute campaigning. It was a brief diversion from the more competitive Indiana, where 187 Democratic delegates are at stake today.
Elsewhere, Obama campaigned among white, blue-collar workers in Evansville, Ind., before flying to North Carolina. The Democratic front-runner noted that the polls are very tight and the day's schedule had him "bouncing back and forth" between the two states. The Illinois Senator is ahead in the delegate count going into today's primaries, 1,743 to 1, 607 for Clinton.