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Obama Moves Closer to Nomination With Victory in North Carolina

By Kristin Jensen and Catherine Dodge

May 7 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama decisively defeated Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, while holding her to a narrow victory in Indiana, moving him closer to gaining enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.

Voters turned out in record numbers, handing Obama a 15- point victory in North Carolina, the more-populous and delegate- rich of the two states holding primaries yesterday. Clinton won by 2 points in Indiana.

“Once Obama won big tonight in North Carolina, he stopped her momentum train and picked up some serious steam of his own,” Jenny Backus, an unaligned Democratic strategist, said after the vote. He “rallied and turned the corner.”

Clinton isn’t likely to make a dent in Obama’s delegate lead in the five remaining states, plus Puerto Rico, that will hold contests in the next month. Before yesterday, he led 1,748 to 1,613 in delegates to the nominating convention, according to unofficial tallies by Bloomberg News and the Associated Press. A candidate needs 2,025 to win.

Obama won 19 more delegates than Clinton in the two states, according to a preliminary tally by AP.

Obama could seal the nomination if there’s a rush of endorsements during the next week by superdelegates — the 795 party officials and lawmakers who aren’t bound by the results of primaries and caucuses. He has outpaced Clinton 51 to 23 in support from superdelegates since the March 4 primaries in Texas and Ohio, which Clinton won.
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