(CNN) - Even in a loss, last-minute deciders keep going Hillary Clinton’s way: in North Carolina, Barack Obama had the edge among voters who made their primary pick within the last month, or even earlier. But those who made their decision on their way to the polls again went for Clinton, 55 to 42 percent.
In Indiana, she added early deciders to the mix: voters in nearly every category there gave the advantage to the New York senator.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrats accused President Bush Tuesday of withdrawing one of his Federal Elections Commission nominees to protect Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
The president revamped his list of nominees earlier Tuesday in an effort to break a long deadlock that has paralyzed the election watchdog in the middle of a contentious campaign year.
But instead of withdrawing the name of Republican Hans von Spakovsky - a former Justice Department Civil Rights section lawyer some Democrats believe promoted policies that harmed minority voters - Bush dropped commission chairman David Mason, a Republican who has blocked McCain's attempts to abandon the presidential public financing system.
Bush replaced Mason on his list with Republican Donald McGahn, the National Republican Congressional Committee's lead lawyer and a former attorney for Rep. Tom Delay, the former Republican House Majority Leader with connections to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. DeLay resigned from Congress
after he was accused of corruption.
(CNN) - How did Obama do it? His overwhelming support among black voters in North Carolina certainly gave him a major edge – although only one in three primary voters Tuesday night fell into that demographic.
But Obama won every age group except voters 60 and older – by more than 35 points among those younger than 45. And Clinton’s edge with seniors – she won voters 60 and older 54 to 43 percent – wasn’t high enough to compensate.
And remember that voter registration? Obama won those first-time voters, 62 to 28 percent. The results among first-time primary voters – a group that includes Independents and Republicans weighing in for the first time in a Democratic contest – show the party’s fears of GOP mischief seem to have been off the mark: that group supported Obama by an even greater margin, 68 to 26 percent.
(CNN) - A plane carrying Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to Washington made an emergency landing Tuesday after experiencing a series of malfunctions, the governor's spokesman told CNN.
The plane's autopilot, yaw damp and pitch trim all malfunctioned in the first 45 minutes of Crist's flight from Tallahassee, Florida, Erin Isaac, Crist's director of communication. The yaw damp is part of the autopilot system that helps stabilizes the tail, and the pitch trim the craft's up and down movement.
With the plane over neighboring Georgia, the pilot decided to return to Tallahassee, she said.
Isaac said the plane could have continued on its journey with the malfunctioning yaw damp and autopilot, but the pitch trim problem and possibility of other issues surfacing created enough concern for the pilot to bring the plane around.
Crist will try again Wednesday to make the trip to Washington, where he is to participate in a round-table discussion on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, she said.
(CNN) - It’s the mirror image of Barack Obama’s white working class voter problem – Hillary Clinton’s continuing troubles with black Democrats.
Obama pulled in 78 percent of the black vote in South Carolina’s January contest, 84 percent in Missouri’s February vote, 87 percent in Ohio’s March 4 primary and 90 percent in Pennsylvania last month.
Tuesday night, he pulled in 91 percent of North Carolina’s black primary voters, and 92 percent of Indiana’s, according to early exit polls – numbers that would pose a major challenge for any Democratic White House hopeful.
(CNN) - Barack Obama’s troubles with white working class voters continue to cost him dearly at the polls: Hillary Clinton captured the votes of two-thirds of Indiana voters who lack a college degree; the two split the white college-educated vote.
Clinton’s push for the gun vote seems to have paid off: half the state’s Democratic primary voters are gun owners, according to early exit polls, they supported Clinton over Obama, 61 to 39 percent.
(CNN) - As Barack Obama seems to be struggling with ‘bitter’ baggage, a ‘trust gap’ continues to dog Hillary Clinton – in Indiana, just 54 percent of Democratic primary voters said she was “honest and trustworthy” in early exit polls; 66 percent said Obama could be trusted. In North Carolina, just 47 percent of Democratic primary voters said Clinton was trustworthy, compared to 70 percent for Obama.
(CNN) - It's been a negative campaign and only gotten more negative as the campaign drags on.
But do voters blame either candidate for being more negative than the other? The answer is yes.
Voters in both states were asked if they thought either candidate has attacked his or her opponent unfairly.
In Indiana, 63 percent of Democratic voters said Clinton attacked Obama unfairly. That compares 43 percent who said Obama attacked unfairly.
In North Carolina, two-thirds of Democrats say Clinton attacked unfairly while 40 percent of Obama did.