Indiana Democratic primary, 2008

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. [cite web | url= | title=2008 Indiana Primary Media Kit | accessdate=2008-05-06|author=Todd Rokita] (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. [cite web |url= |title=Zogby Poll: Obama Expands Lead in NC; Dems Still Biting Nails in Indiana! |accessdate=2008-05-06 |date=2008-05-06]


There are 13 superdelegates up for grabs, who are not bound by the primary results.cite web |url= |title= Suddenly we matter |date=2008-03-06 |accessdate=2008-03-06 |work=Indianapolis Star]

*Joe Andrew; Former DNC Chairman - Supporting Barack Obama, having switched his support from Clintoncite web |url= |title= Clinton campaign takes a hit today |date=2008-05-01 |accessdate=2008-05-01 |work=WTHR Channel 13]
*Evan Bayh; Senator - Supporting Hillary Clinton
*Cordelia Lewis Burks; Indiana Democratic Party Vice-Chairwoman - Supporting Barack Obamacite web |url= |title= A look at Indiana's Democratic superdelegates |date=2008-02-11 |accessdate=2008-03-06 |work=News Channel 18]
*André Carson; Representative (IN-07) - Supporting Barack Obama [cite web |url= |title= Rep. Andre Carson endorses Obama |date=2008-04-16 |accessdate=2008-04-16 |work=Indianapolis Star]
*Phoebe Crane; DNC Member - Supporting Hillary Clinton [cite web |url= |title= Superdelegates In Focus: Indiana's Phoebe Crane And Iowa's Scott Brennan |date=2008-02-29 |accessdate=2008-03-06 |work=The Huffington Post]
*Joe Donnelly; Representative (IN-02) - Supporting Barack Obama [cite web |url= |title= Indiana superdelegate supports Obama |date=2008-05-13 |accessdate=2008-05-13 |work=Indianapolis Star]
*Brad Ellsworth; Representative (IN-08) - Committed to Hillary Clinton but has not endorsed [cite web |url= |title= The Ellsworth Endorsement |date=2008-05-08 |accessdate=2008-05-13 |work=ABC News]
*Baron Hill; Representative (IN-09) - Supporting Barack Obama [cite web |url= |title= Obama picks up Baron Hill support |date=2008-04-30 |accessdate=2008-04-30 |work=Indianapolis Star]
*Joe Hogsett; Former Indiana Secretary of State - Supporting Barack Obama [cite web |url= |title= Obama will need Clinton's help to capture state in general election
date=2008-06-27 |accessdate=2008-06-29 |work=WISH-TV
*Dan Parker; Indiana Democratic Party Chairman - Supporting Hillary Clinton [cite web |url= |title= DNC Indiana Superdelegates |date=2008-02-28 |accessdate=2008-03-06 |work=The Huffington Post]
*Bob Pastrick; DNC Member - Supporting Hillary Clinton
*Connie Thurman; DNC Member - Supporting Barack Obama
*Pete Visclosky; Representative (IN-01) - Supporting Barack Obama [cite web |url= |title= Ellsworth is last named and uncommitted superdelegate |date=2008-05-14 |accessdate=2008-05-14 |work=Wish-TV]


Primary date: May 6, 2008

National pledged delegates determined: 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." [cite web |url= |title=The Long Road to a Clinton Exit |accessdate=2008-06-08 |date=2008-06-22]

ee also

* Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2008
* Indiana Republican primary, 2008


External links

* [ IN Secretary of State - Primary Election Result]

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