INDIANAPOLIS-Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama swept to victory in the North Carolina presidential primary Tuesday night and lengthened his lead in the delegate race. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., led in Indiana as she struggled to make up

Obama was winning 57 percent of the vote in North Carolina, a triumph that mirrored earlier wins in Southern states with large Black populations. He won at least 31 delegates, and Clinton at least 20, with 139 still to be awarded in the state.

That made Indiana a virtual mustwin Midwestern state for the former first lady, hoping to counter Obama’s persistent delegate advantage with a strong run through the late primaries. Returns from 85 percent of Indiana precincts showed Clinton with 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for Obama, at Defender press time.

Authorities evacuated and searched three Barack Obama campaign offices in Indiana after a bomb threat was made while people voted in the state’s primary. The bomb threats were made Tuesday in a call to a Terre Haute television station. Lewis Robinson of the Secret Service’s Indianapolis office said the caller made threats against Obama offices in Terre Haute, Vincennes and Evansville.

Obama spokesman Kevin Griffis says there was little disruption to the campaign. Workers left the offices and continued working by making cell phones calls. The reports mirror the circumstances of vandalization of the Illinois senator’s office in Vincennes early Monday.

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