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US voters' views: Indiana, North Carolina

As the hotly contested battle for the Democratic nomination in the US presidential election continues, we are asking BBC News website readers from key primary states to share their opinions and views.

Here, Democratic voters react to Barack Obama's clear win in North Carolina and Hillary Clinton's narrow victory in Indiana and attempt to predict what happens next in the tightest of races for their party's nomination.

Diane Singleton
Diane Singleton, Bloomington, Indiana
"I'm absolutely delighted Senator Obama won by such a large margin. This is bad news all the way for Senator Clinton and signals the beginning of the end"
Eric Gonzaba
Eric Gonzaba, Corydon, Indiana
"Hillary remains a viable candidate and she will continue to the end. Her strong results in major states show she can secure victory over McCain"
Mary O' Shannon
Mary O' Shannon, Asheville, North Carolina
"Obama has survived a very difficult passage in his campaign over the past month to deliver this victory. It is a large and significant win for him"
Keith Braswell
Keith Braswell, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
"I see no reason for Hillary to withdraw since Obama does not yet have sufficient delegates to ensure victory at the Democratic Convention"

DIANE SINGLETON, 53, TUTOR, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

Diane Singleton
I'm absolutely delighted that Senator Obama won in North Carolina.

I am also pleasantly surprised he won by such a large margin.

This is bad news all the way for Senator Clinton, even though she managed to squeeze out a win here in Indiana, after a tense night for her campaign when it was too close to call for a time.

I believe it signals the beginning of the end for her candidacy in this race.

Even if she wins all six remaining primaries, it's unlikely that she'll have enough delegates or maintain the support of the super delegates who've already pledged their votes to her.

High voter turnout here broke records and indicated that Americans are ready to elect a candidate who inspires and unites us and brings us hope for the end of the war in Iraq and a damaging and dangerous foreign policy cycle.

I think in the end both Mrs Clinton and Mr Obama will find a way to come together and sort out their differences and possibly form a joint ticket to take on John McCain and the Republicans.

ERIC GONZABA, 18, STUDENT, CORYDON, INDIANA

Eric Gonzaba
Even as a staunch Hillary supporter, I can admit that Barack Obama had a great night.

He got a big win in North Carolina and made it a competitive race in Indiana.

Hillary will have to revamp her campaign strategy to survive now and focus on Kentucky and West Virginia, where she has strong support.

I think the Clinton campaign will also need to make a few strong stances in the coming weeks.

We can also expect her to press vigorously for the Michigan and Florida delegates who were disqualified to be reinstated.

She already makes a good case when she says we cannot disenfranchise the voters who backed her in these states.

The race is still extremely close. The pundits have already been wrong too many times when they have counted candidates out.

In fact, all three remaining candidates have at one point been counted out, before bouncing back.

Hillary's campaign is in no way like Mike Huckabee's. She remains a viable candidate and we can expect her to continue to the end.

She is a better candidate and her strong results in major states show that she would not have to campaign as hard as Obama to secure victory over McCain.

MARY O' SHANNON, 59, MUSICIAN, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

Mary O' Shannon
I am delighted with the results in the North Carolina primary.

Barack Obama has survived a very difficult passage in his campaign over the past month to deliver this victory.

He has overcome several potentially harmful distractions, including his former pastor's inflammatory comments and Senator Clinton's accusations that he is an "elitist" to emerge on top in this state.

It is a large and significant win for him. It shows that voters looked past the distractions, and focused on his integrity and leadership abilities.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton's win in Indiana is barely more than a tie.

It is not the landslide victory she needed to convince the super delegates to choose her instead of Obama.

I believe she in now on the decline in this race.

Obama has now clearly shown his ability to weather stormy political seas and forge ahead with his vision of positive change in our foreign and domestic policies.

There is a renewed sense of hope for the future today.

KEITH BRASWELL, 51, RETIRED, WILKESBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

Keith Braswell
As a diehard Hillary Clinton supporter, I am deeply disappointed by the results and surprised at how decisive Senator Obama's victory was in the end.

With the extensive campaigning by Hillary, Bill and Chelsea over the past weeks, I had held out hope for a Hillary victory here.

Because Hillary won in Indiana, the primary race will no doubt continue.

I see no reason for her to withdraw from the campaign at this juncture since Obama does not yet have sufficient delegates to ensure victory at the Democratic Convention.

It looks more likely now that Clinton's only chance for success hinges upon the daunting task of her being able to convince a large number of super delegates that she would be the best candidate to defeat John McCain in November.

In reality, the only way she can do so is if Obama finds himself embroiled in another embarrassing controversy, causing the super delegates to believe that he probably could not defeat McCain.

I, for one, don't think Obama can beat McCain.

His inability to attract sufficient numbers of white blue collar voters and older voters will cost the Democrats if he becomes the nominee.

The readers' panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider US public opinion.


Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
365
McCain - Republican
173
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