Obama Gains Support; Clinton Hangs On

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CBNNews.com - Four more Democratic superdelegates announced support for Barack Obama, Wednesday, one day after he won North Carolina and barely lost in Indiana.

One of the his new backers is a former Clinton supporter. And former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, who also used to support Clinton, is also backing Obama.

What do these wins mean for the candidates? Watch more from CBN News Sr. Correspondent David Brody.

McGovern is now calling her Clinton to drop out, arguing that it is virtually impossible now for her to win the nomination.

But Clinton did pick up one superdelegate Wednesday, North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler. Clinton continued campaigning in West Virginia, while Obama took the day off.

Inching Closer to the  Nominee

Tuesday night, Obama took North Carolina by double digits, pulling further ahead of his rival in the delegate hunt for the party's nomination. But he failed to take Indiana, leaving Hillary Clinton with just enough reason to stay in the fight.

"Tonight we stand less than 200 delegates away from winning the Democratic nomination for president of the United States," Obama told supporters at a rally in Raleigh, N.C.

Clinton narrowly won Indiana but vowed to keep her campaign in full throttle. Both states were the last big-delegate prizes left in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Obama's win mirrored earlier triumphs in Southern states with large black populations, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina among them.

In North Carolina, an estimated one-third of all votes there were cast by blacks. Only Democrats and unaffiliated voters were permitted to vote.

During his speech, Obama acknowledged that the drawn out fight for the nomination has exposed sharp divisions within the party. But he suggested that those divisions would be overcome.

"Tonight, many of the pundits have suggested that this party is inalterably divided, that Senator Clinton's supporters will not support me; and, that my supporters will not support her," he said.

"Yes, there have been bruised feelings on both sides. Yes, each side desperately wants their candidate to win," he said. "But ultimately, this race is not about Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John McCain. This election is about you - the American people."

Clinton Wins in Indiana

Obama's North Carolina victory meant Indiana was a must-win for the former first lady. But even with an Indiana win, Clinton still trails Obama in the delegate count.

TUES. TOTAL

OVERALL

OBAMA

97

1,846.5

CLINTON

86

1,696

But Clinton showed no signs of easing up her campaign.

"Thanks to you, it's full speed on to the White House," she told supporters as she took the podium Tuesday night.

"We've got a long road ahead, but we're going to keep fighting on that path for America, because America is worth fighting for," she said.

She also renewed her pledged that she'll swing behind the Democratic nominee "no matter what happens."

Clinton campaigned aggressively in Indiana this week. Its home to large numbers of blue-collar workers who have gravitated to the former first lady's populist message.

Exit Polls

About one in five voters there said they were independents, an additional one in 10 said Republican. Voting there was carried out under a state law requiring voters to produce a valid photo ID.

The economy was the top issue by far in both states, according to exit polling.

The balance of the primary schedule includes West Virginia, with 28 delegates on May 13; Oregon with 52 and Kentucky with 51 a week later; Puerto Rico with 55 delegates on June 1, and Montana with 16 and South Dakota with 15 on June 3.

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