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Clinton Turns Attention to Indiana

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Clinton Turns Attention to Indiana

Election 2008

Clinton Turns Attention to Indiana

Clinton Turns Attention to Indiana

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One day after the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton takes her campaign to the next make-or-break state, holding a rally in Indianapolis.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

I'm Robert Siegel.

The Democratic presidential candidates took their race to Indiana today. Hillary Clinton tried to build on her momentum after her winning yesterday's Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Indiana and North Carolina vote on May 6th.

BLOCK: As for that contest in Pennsylvania, Clinton's initial margin of victory - 10 percent shrink of fraction today to just under 10. The final tally will take more time to count. The Clinton campaign is claiming a surge in fundraising. She said the campaign took in $3.5 million dollars over night. That would be her best one night total ever.

SIEGEL: We have reports about how both Clinton and Obama spent their days. First, to NPR's David Schaper with the Clinton campaign.

DAVID SCHAPER: Here in Indiana, Senator Clinton doesn't have a sitting governor as an ally nor a powerful campaign infrastructure like she had in Pennsylvania or Ohio. But she is endorsed by Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, a former governor of the state. And she was introduced in Indianapolis by former Indiana's Secretary of State Joe Hogsett, who liked the location of the rally.

Mr. JOE HOGSETT (Former Governor, Democrat, Indiana): It shouldn't be lost on you, they're right over there is Pennsylvania street.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Mr. HOGSETT: So I'm telling you today we're going to take this campaign from Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis, Indiana all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

(Soundbite of cheering)

SCHAPER: The results in Pennsylvania though, only tightened the race between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama a little. She picked up roughly a dozen delegates and he still leads in the overall vote totals, although Senator Clinton told her Indiana supporters otherwise.

Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York, Presidential Candidate): As of today, I have received more votes by the people who have voted than anybody else.

SCHAPER: Senator Clinton is including her vote totals in Florida, where Obama did in campaign and in Michigan where he wasn't even on the ballot. And votes from these unofficial events aren't being counted by the Democratic Party either.

Indiana looks a lot like Ohio and Pennsylvania in its Democratic voter mix. But it also shares a border with Obama's home state, the manufacturing economy here is hurting just like those of Pennsylvania and Ohio, where voters who ranked the economy as the top issue clearly broke for Senator Clinton.

Sen. CLINTON: Jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs.

SCHAPER: Senator Clinton called on her enthusiastic audience to get involved, to volunteer, make calls and donate. It's all help she'll need to keep that Pennsylvania momentum rolling.

David Schaper, NPR News with the Clinton campaign in Indianapolis.

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