[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/06/farmland.jpg caption=" A woman casts her ballot in Farmland, Indiana."]
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) - Senator Hillary Clinton, who made a strong pitch to blue-collar workers in this state, was pulling a majority of the votes in rural and suburban Indiana during Tuesday's Democratic primary.
In early exit polling, Clinton was taking 53 percent of the vote in suburban areas, compared to 47 percent for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, and an overwhelming 68 percent of the rural vote compared to Obama's 32 percent.
In all, 1,226 voters were polled.
Clinton was hoping for a big result in Indiana, where she was expected to win, and an upset victory in North Carolina - which also voted Tuesday - to flip the perception of a race that has remained close although Obama leads among pledged delegates, states won and overall votes.
The most recent CNN poll of polls in Indiana showed Clinton with 48 percent of the vote, compared to 44 percent for Obama and 8 percent undecided.