Big night for McCain, and even bigger night for Obama as he continues his steamroll through the month of February. You can check out the full results here for each state and party.
Obama and McCain have taken the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia quite handily. Huckabee had a minor insurgence in Virginia but it was soon quelled.
Story from CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama will claim victory in all three contests in the Potomac primaries, CNN projects. Residents cast votes Tuesday in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Obama had a substantial lead over Hillary Clinton in Virginia, and McCain was ahead of Mike Huckabee by about 9 points, according to CNN projections.
“The change we seek swept through Chesapeake and over the Potomac,” Obama told supporters. Tuesday night.
“We won the state of Maryland. We won the commonwealth of Virginia. And though we won in Washington, D.C., this movement won’t stop until there is change in Washington, D.C, and tonight we’re on our way.”
In the District of Columbia, Obama was leading Clinton 76-24 percent, and McCain was leading Huckabee 67-17 percent, with about 90 percent of precincts reporting.
Polls in Maryland were supposed to close at 8 p.m. ET, but a judge extended voting for an extra 90 minutes due to icy roads and heavy turnout.
McCain is leading Huckabee 812 to 217 in total delegates, according to CNN estimates. A GOP candidate needs 1,191 delegates to secure the nomination.
I’ll have some video and more analysis of the victories coming up in a few minutes.
My question is, does this mean Hillary Clinton must win Ohio and/or Texas to have a chance at taking the nomination?
Here’s a video report from the Associated Press containing some clips of Obama and McCain reacting to the victories:
Hillary Clinton didn’t mention this too much as she was kicking off a campaign in Texas. She’s got her work cut out for her, Texas is becoming increasingly close apparantly. She’s got a greater lead in Ohio but that’s been dwindling down over the past couple weeks.
Also, perhaps the loser tonight, here’s Mike Huckabee discussing the results earlier tonight with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News:
Huckabee doesn’t seem to have a “last stand” anywhere or it would have happened already. That being said, maybe Texas will be the end if he can’t pull a victory there.
We discussed all of these issues earlier tonight on the latest edition of You Decide Politics Radio, go check it out if you haven’t already.