By Paul Gleiser | May 7, 2008 | Print This
The Tuesday, May 6 primaries in North Carolina and Indiana effectively ended the race for the Democratic nomination for president.
Barack Obama scored huge win in North Carolina, beating Hillary Clinton by a 56% to 45% margin.
In Indiana, where some polls predicted that Clinton would win by a double-digit margin, the final tally came in at 51% to 49% in favor of Clinton, with only 22,000 votes out of 1.5 million cast separating the two candidates.
It was a night of very bad news for the Clinton campaign. But the long, bitter campaign for the Democratic nomination is effectively over. While it is likely that Hillary Clinton will soldier on through West Virginia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico and Oregon, the fact is that the Democratic super-delegates will begin to declare for Obama in large numbers and Obama will be able to focus on McCain and begin campaigning as the presumptive nominee.
ABC political consultant Matthew Dowd reports. Click here to listen.