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Clinton Touts Her Support Among Whites

The issue of race may once again be creeping back into the forefront of the Democratic primary battle.

In an interview with USA Today, Hillary Clinton cited an AP article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."

After Tuesday's results in Indiana and North Carolina seemed to have deflated Clinton's chances of winning the nomination, the New York senator's revamped message is that the delegate math "may be complicated, but the electoral math is easy" and that her campaign is "winning swing states."

Her frank comment about her support among white voters seems designed to bolster the argument that she's better positioned to win swing states with heavy white, working-class populations like Ohio and Pennsylvania than Obama is.

In Indiana, Clinton won the support of 60 percent of white voters, and in North Carolina, she beat Obama among whites by a margin of 61 percent to 37 percent, even though she lost the state by 14 percent, according to CBS News exit polls.
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