Barack Obama took a big stride towards the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday with a thumping victory over Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, while she eked out a wafer-thin win in Indiana.
Well after midnight, hours after they declared the North Carolina result, US networks said the former first lady had taken Indiana by a few thousand votes for a victory margin of 51 percent to 49 percent.
In North Carolina, Obama romped home by 56 percent to 42, and used his victory speech here to cast himself as the Democrats' heir apparent for the November election against Republican John McCain.
"This fall we intend to march forward as one Democratic party united by a common vision for this country because we all agree that at this defining moment in our history, a moment when we are facing two wars, an economy in turmoil, a planet in peril, a dream that feels like it's slipping away for too many Americans," he said.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's deflating split decision Tuesday took away her last best chance at the White House.
A resounding loss in North Carolina combined with a narrow victory in Indiana dented if not doomed her hopes of convincing superdelegates to disregard Obama's lead in delegates, states won and popular vote and nominate her.
Sen. Barack Obama won the most delegates in Tuesday's primaries, moving within 200 delegates of securing the Democratic nomination for president.
Obama won at least 94 delegates in the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, according to an analysis of election returns by The Associated Press. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won at least 75 delegates, with 18 still to be awarded.
Polls have closed in the Indiana Democratic primary but the networks have declared the race between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is too early to call.
CBS news has called Indiana for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Other networks still call the race too early to call. Whatever the outcome, the vote tally is tightening.
Sen. Barack Obama racked up a convincing win in the North Carolina Democratic primary Tuesday, denying Hillary Rodham Clinton the "game changing" outcome she claimed was coming.
Networks declared Obama the winner seconds after North Carolina polls closed at 7:30 p.m.
Exit polls showed the win by Obama will be "substantial" and could restore to Obama the momentum he needs to capture the Democratic Presidential nomination.
In Indiana, Clinton leads Obama but the race was still to early to call at 7:30 p.m.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton faced a new day of destiny Tuesday with Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, as the climax approached in their gripping White House race.
Opinion polls pointed to another messy draw on the biggest single day of voting left in the epic battle for the Democratic nomination, with Obama tipped to win in North Carolina and Clinton ahead in Indiana.
The rivals raced through a frenetic campaign swing in the two states Monday but both signaled the contest would drag on through the bitter end of the primary calendar, on June 3 in Montana and South Dakota.
"We hope to do as well as we can, we started out pretty far behind," Clinton told reporters on a late-night flight across Indiana.
If the election were today, Democrats would sweep local, state and national offices -- and John McCain would be the nation's 44th president.
The gasoline-tax holiday as proposed by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain may be good politics, but it's bad economics, very bad economics.
The idea is to suspend that 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day, supposedly as a way of bringing some relief at a time many families take to the roads for summer vacation.
There's little middle ground when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
You either love her or you hate her. What some see as grit and determination is viewed as ruthless and opportunistic by others.
She is a polarizing political figure to her opponents and a messiah for 21st century feminism to those who support her.