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Indiana * Obama Leads Clinton / McCain

Star/WTHR Poll:Obama edges Clinton

Officials in both camps agree: The race is a toss-up that will remain hotly competitive

By Mary Beth Schneider

Posted: April 25, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Indiana, with the outcome of the May 6 primary likely in the hands of a large number of undecided voters, according to a new Indianapolis Star-WTHR poll.

The poll showed that Obama — helped in particular by strong backing from black voters — is leading Clinton 41 percent to 38 percent among likely Democratic primary voters. But given the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points, this race is either candidate’s to win or lose.

That’s especially true because 21 percent of the respondents remain unsure of how they’ll vote — a high number of undecided voters for an election less than two weeks away.

The poll, taken Sunday through Wednesday by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, showed that Obama has one big additional edge over Clinton: He does better against the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., than she does.

Among Hoosiers who said they would vote in the general election — a statewide sample of voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points — Obama beat McCain 49 percent to 41 percent. Clinton broke even with McCain, with both backed by 46 percent of those polled.

And, by 49 percent to 35 percent, Democratic primary voters said Obama is the candidate best able to win in the general election.


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  1. I hope Obama and team manage to pull out all the stops and finish things up in Indiana. I think it can be done. We need to be able to move forward and get busy with McCain and company. Those Republicans are rubbing their hands together right now, and they’ve already started with their attack strategies.

    Posted by Cami | April 27, 2008, 3:54 am