The LuLac Edition #474, May 7th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: SENATOR CLINTON, DAUGHTER CHELSEA AND FORMER PRESIDEENT BILL CLINTON AT LAST NIGHT'S SPEECH IN INDIANA.
Barack Obama resoundingly won in the North Carolina primary Tuesday night and declared he was closing in on the Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton eked out a win in Indiana as she struggled to halt her rival's march into history, NBC News projected.
"Tonight we stand less than 200 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination for president of the United States," Obama told a raucous rally in Raleigh, N.C. -- and left no doubt he intended to claim the prize. Clinton stepped before her own supporters not long afterward in Indianapolis. "Thanks to you, it's full speed on to the White House," she said, signaling her determination to fight on in a campaign already waged across more than 16 months and nearly all 50 states. Two different takes from the two candidates. Obama seemed to regain his voice and confidence after a few weeks of uncertainty over the Rev. Wright issue and Clinton seemed to be a lot less combative and contemplative in her remarks.
Indiana was a must-win state for Clinton, who was hoping to counter Obama's delegate advantage with a strong run through the late primaries. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the former first lady led 51 percent to 49 percent.
Results had been slow in coming from populous Lake County, a heavily black area in the northwestern part of Indiana near Obama's home city of Chicago. The county is home to the city of Gary, and the senator won overwhelming support there.
Extra ballot counters were brought in because of an unusually large number of absentee ballots, the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune reported on its Web site.
STATE OF THE WORLD
I regret having missed Mario Forucci's State of the World event on Sunday May 4th. That might sound surprising given my lack of affinity for third party candidates but I think it's a worthy event. With my mom hospitalized, my mother in law in not so great ambulatory shape, Mrs. LuLac coming back from a business trip Saturday night from the midwest and my in laws traveling to Florida Sunday morning to attend the graduation of my nephew Todd at Emery Riddle in Daytona, making the event was impossible. However, my friend Gort wrote a great summary of the event, here's his link, http://gort42.blogspot.com/, scroll down to the date May 4th, Sunday and you'll get a recap.