Hillary Clinton's lead has dwindled to two points, and it may get smaller yet. Vote counting has been held up in Lake County, where there are 11,000 absentee ballots left to tally. Lake County's biggest city is Gary, which is just a few minutes from Chicago and big time Obama territory. Gary Mayor Rudy Clay thinks
Obama still has a shot at taking the state; at Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall points out
that, while Obama would win if he maintains his current 75-25 spread, it will depend on where the votes come from. If they're from Gary or East Chicago, good for Obama; if they're from some of the county's smaller towns, good for Clinton.
Close watchers of the maps will see that Union County, in the eastern part of the state, still has to be counted as well. If the results of the surrounding counties are an indicator, Clinton will take the win there. Union County has a population of only 7,000. Normally the pittance of votes to be had there means the county wouldn't garner a mention -- but the final tally in this race may be decided by a pittance.
UPDATE: The 75-25 spread has closed slightly. With 57% of the votes counted in Lake County, Obama's lead is 65-35. Stay tuned...
UPDATE DEUX: Anyone tuning in for some midnight CNN just caught a pretty awesome tiff between the mayors of Gary and nearby Hammond. After the Gary mayor took a grilling from Wolf Blitzer about the slow count, the Hammond mayor offered some thinly veiled suggestions that there was some funny business going on in Gary. Then, right in the middle of that awkward exchange...CNN announced that the rest of the vote in Lake County was in and Clinton had narrowed Obama's margin to 10. CNN has finally called the state for Clinton.