Hillary Clinton big winner here

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In the race for the Democratic nomination for President, Tuesday’s primaries in Indiana and North Carolina were seen as crucial for Hillary Clinton, and after getting the backing of Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, she won Indiana but lost to Barack Obama in North Carolina.

Although the state totals went into the early morning hours before she was declared the winner in Indiana, it didn’t take long for the New York Senator to be declared the winner here in Switzerland County, as she amassed a huge win over Barack Obama, 75.08-percent to 24.92-percent.

Across Switzerland County, Hillary Clinton received 1,464 votes, to just 486 for Barack Obama. She easily won all 12 Switzerland County precincts by wide margins.

And although she may have won the battle – she continues to lose the war.

Statewide, Hillary Clinton won a narrow victory, earning 51-percent of the vote to 49-percent for Barack Obama. State totals show Hillary Clinton with 638,274 votes; while Barack Obama received 615,862 votes – a difference of just 22,412 votes.

But the vote totals seem to be misleading, as Hillary Clinton won 82 of Indiana’s 91 counties; while Barack Obama won just nine.

But the nine that the Illinois Senator did win were densely populated, urban areas: Lake County, St. Joseph County, Elkhart County, Allen County, Tippecanoe County, Boone County, Hamilton County, Marion County, and Monroe County.

Those counties are home to major Indiana cities: Gary, South Bend, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Bloomington, and others.

The win in Indiana projects a delegate split at the Democratic National Convention of 37 for Hillary Clinton and 33 for Barack Obama.

In North Carolina, Tuesday’s other primary, Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton by 14-percentage points to gain 58 delegates to 42 for Hillary Clinton.

Nationally, Barack Obama now has 1,836 committed delegates to 1,681 for Hillary Clinton. It takes 2,025 delegates to secure the nomination.

Those delegate totals include “superdelegates” who have the option of supporting whomever they choose. The current tally on superdelegates shows Hillary Clinton with 266 and Barack Obama with 252.

The subject of superdelegates came to the forefront here just before the election when Ninth District Congressman Baron Hill, a superdelegate from Indiana, publicly endorsed Barack Obama; while former Indiana Democratic Chairman and National Democratic Chairman Joe Andrews switched his superdelegate vote from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama.

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and his superdelegate vote is firmly behind Hillary Clinton.

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While Democrats battled through Tuesday’s primary, it was a quiet day for Republicans, as Arizona Senator John McCain wrapped up his party’s nomination months ago, and already has more than the required number of delegates to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention.

Here on Tuesday, John McCain earned 223 votes, while Mike Huckabee received 40 votes, Mitt Romney received 13 votes, and Ron Paul received six votes.

Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have both withdrawn from the race, but their names were already on the primary ballot. Ron Paul continues to run a token campaign.