WASHINGTON - Barack Obama took a big step towards the Democratic presidential nomination with an easy victory in North Carolina on Tuesday, and Hillary Clinton vowed to keep her campaign alive after narrowly winning Indiana.
The results helped Obama widen his lead over Clinton in the grueling duel for the right to face Republican John McCain in November's presidential election, with just six nominating contests remaining.
Both candidates looked ahead to contests next week in West Virginia and May 20 in Oregon and Kentucky, but Clinton was nearly out of opportunities to change the course of the race.
The Illinois senator's 14-point victory in North Carolina was a dramatic comeback from a difficult campaign stretch that began last month with a big loss in Pennsylvania and was prolonged by the controversy over racially charged comments by his former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
The results meant Clinton missed her best chance to narrow Obama's lead in pledged delegates who will help pick the nominee at August's convention. - Reuters