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Indiana Democratic primary, 2008

The 2008 Indiana Democratic primary took place on May 6, 2008. It was an open primary. Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton were the only two Democratic candidates for President on the ballot. There are 72 delegates who were awarded on a proportional basis and 12 superdelegates with 1 to be added by the state party. Polls were open from 6 AM to 6 PM, prevailing local time. (Most of the state is on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4), but twelve counties in the Evansville and Gary metropolitan areas are on Central Daylight Time (UTC-5).)


In the last polling conducted before the primary, from May 4 to May 5, Obama led Clinton by a statistically-insignificant 45% to 43%, with 7% undecided and a 3.9% margin of error.


There are 13 superdelegates up for grabs, who are not bound by the primary results.


Primary date: May 6, 2008

National pledged delegates determined: 72

Indiana Democratic presidential primary, 2008
Candidate Votes Percentage Estimated national delegates
Hillary Clinton 646,233 50.56% 38
Barack Obama 632,035 49.44% 34
Totals 1,278,268 100.00% 72

The day on which the Indiana primary occurred was known as Super Tuesday III. Along with North Carolina which held its primary on the same day, this was largely considered the "Waterloo" of the Democratic primaries. Obama had been under fire for controversial remarks made by Jeremiah Wright, and was not initially expected to do well in Indiana, a state with similar demographics to Ohio and Pennsylvania, so pulling out a narrow loss was perceived as successful by the media. Further hurting Clinton's campaign was the time-zone differences, with her double-digit defeat in North Carolina reported in prime time, and the news of the slim victory in Indiana had come too late. MSNBC's Tim Russert said that Clinton “did not get the game-changer she wanted tonight” and "We now know who the Democratic nominee will be.

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