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7Early Indiana votes show Clinton with early lead

Associated Press - May 6, 2008 7:13 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Votes from the first handful of Indiana precincts show Hillary Rodham Clinton ahead of Barack Obama in a state where split time zones have created staggered poll closings.

Clinton and Obama are battling for wins in Indiana and North Carolina, which are the last big-delegate prizes in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Both races were dominated in the final days by Clinton's call for a summertime suspension of the federal gasoline tax. Obama has ridiculed the proposal as a stunt that would cost jobs, not the break for consumers she claimed.

According to interviews with voters as they left polling places, the economy was the top issue by far in both states.

North Carolina has 115 pledged delegates up for grabs, while Indiana has 72 delegates at stake.

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