Indiana, NC Voters Rate Economy No. 1 Issue

Voters evenly divided over Wright effect
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 6:21 PM CDT
Indiana, NC Voters Rate Economy No. 1 Issue
Willie Mae Dabney, a Barack Obama supporter, stands outside Miracle Temple Church Tuesday, May 6, 2008 in Gary, Ind. Indiana and North Carolina are hosting primary elections today.    (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

In exit polling in both Indiana and North Carolina today, voters overwhelmingly said the economy was the No. 1 issue influencing their decision in the presidential primary. In Indiana, 65% said the economy was most important, compared to 60% in North Carolina. Asked if the recession had affected their lives, 89% in Indiana said yes, as did 81% in North Carolina, MSNBC reports.

Voters in both states were split on whether Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial emergence in the campaign affected their decision to cast ballots for his former parishioner, Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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