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Obama extends delegate lead

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.
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Obama scores easy win in North Carolina primary

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.
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Democrats face yet another ‘day of destiny’

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.
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A holiday from common sense

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.
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Ruthless opportunist or gritty pol?

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.
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Voters see gas tax suspension as political ploy

A majority of voters surveyed by The New York Times see the gas tax suspension supported by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain as just another political ploy and most also say the uproar over the relationship between Sen. Barack Obama and his pastor doesn't change their opinion of the Democratic Presidential frontrunner. However, voters also feel questions about Obama could affect how voters cast their ballots in the November General Election.
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