Clinton, McCain win big on “Super Tuesday 2”, Obama looks ahead

McCain swept all four states in play while Clinton took Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island. Obama ended up winning just one state, Vermont.

Click here for full Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont results

Here’s the story on the victories from Fox News:

Hillary Clinton scored commanding victories in Ohio and Rhode Island Tuesday and squeaked out a narrow victory in Texas, breaking rival Barack Obama’s 12-contest winning streak and breathing new life into her Democratic presidential campaign.

On the Republican side, John McCain swept all four states voting Tuesday and clinched the GOP nomination, leading Mike Huckabee to drop out of the race. With his victories, McCain reached the 1,191 delegates needed to ensure he becomes his party’s nominee.

That leaves the Democrats to continue their battle.

Obama won the lead-off Vermont primary Tuesday. But Clinton, who was trailing by 110 delegates, made a full court press to slow the Illinois senator in the other states and assure party leaders that she is not out of the fight. Texas held caucuses immediately after the primary, and Obama was leading that race early on. The caucuses were responsible for awarding proportionally one-third of the state’s pledged delegates.

With her wide victory in Ohio, Clinton started to make up ground in the delegate battle. Returns showed she had 55 percent to Obama’s 43 percent in the state, which offers 141 pledged delegates

However, it’s still not so rosy over at the Clinton campaign. The latest coming out now is that even though she won big last night, she mathematically may not be able to recover the delegate count. Check out this article from Jonathan Alter at Newsweek:

Hillary Clinton may be poised for a big night tonight, with wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island. Clinton aides say this will be the beginning of her comeback against Barack Obama. There’s only one problem with this analysis: they can’t count.

I’m no good at math either, but with the help of Slate’s Delegate Calculator I’ve scoped out the rest of the primaries, and even if you assume huge Hillary wins from here on out, the numbers don’t look good for Clinton. In order to show how deep a hole she’s in, I’ve given her the benefit of the doubt every week for the rest of the primaries.

Alton goes on to play the scenario up to the last primary and the math doesn’t add up, even with Hillary taking some easy victories by a strong margin. The bottom line is that Obama still has a lot of reason to be optimistic about the future contests as the math is in his favor thanks to the Democratic proportional delegate rules.

Meanwhile, for McCain, the task begins on securing his supporters, donations, and laying out a strategy, here’s the story on that from courant.com:

As he clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, Sen. John McCain castigated his Democratic rivals as liberals who lack the experience and wisdom to lead a country facing economic distress at home and engaged in war abroad.

With four more primary victories, the senator from Arizona emerged as the far-from-universal choice of a fractured Republican Party. His remaining rival, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, captured about a third of the vote in Texas, signaling the frustrations that conservatives still feel about McCain.

In his victory speech at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, McCain made it clear that he will begin immediately to make his case that the country cannot afford to have either Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama as president.

McCain can now focus solely on the Democratic opponents now that Huckabee is no longer nipping at his heels.

  • Frank

    To bad,
    Hillary wont beat Mccain.
    If she wins, she will be a far better president then Bush but her foreign policy judgement is bad. Also her refusal to talk to Chavez and other impopular leaders shows her lack of intelligence on this area.

  • Freydoh

    Love it how this site posted the most horrible picture of Hillary. Are you guys sponsored by msnbc?

  • Stalin

    Go Hillary! She will tear the DNC apart fighting for the nomination making it much easier for McCain in the general.

  • Freydoh, it didn’t look like a bad picture to me, there was no intention of making her look bad at all. I just picked a decent picture of her and McCain, nothing sinister about it. I will try to find only the best of every candidate from now on.

  • nzpudding

    It’s difficult to find a decent looking picture of Hillary.

  • Archibald

    Is there a good picture of Hillary?

  • john

    If you really want to see an ugly picture of Hillary, wait till she wins the election. I don’t believe she will, but I cannot even bear to look at her right now. She makes me cringe with her evil cackle. If she were president she would embarrass this nation more than you can ever imagine. Plus, she’s interested in tying the hands of the U.S. rendering us defenseless against the evils of the world. The thought of having to look at her face for the next four years is enough to make me want to become an illegal alien in Mexico. As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, how will I allow myself to look to her (or Obama) as my Commander-in Chief? Argghh!

  • Curtis

    Go Hillary! Thank you, Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island. =)

    After seven years of George W. Bush, we need a president with the strength, experience, and vision to make change a reality. I’m supporting Hillary for the White House because I know that her 35 years of experience means she can end the war in Iraq, make the economy work for the middle class, and achieve truly universal health care.

  • Babs

    Has anyone else noticed the photos of Obama that Fox has been posting lately? My word, what horrible and strange expressions on his face. *L*

  • Hi to all you dems out there! I have a question. Many of you like to beat the drum about how bad President Bush is. You think we’re so bad for going into Iraq and getting rid of an evil dictator like Saddam Hussein. With all the human rights violations which were taking place in Iraq; the torturing, oppression of women and the like, why weren’t any of you speaking out about that? Why do we not hear you spazzing about the human rights violations in Cuba, Belarus, etc? Do you really think America is worse than these countries? Because that’s the way it comes across? Move to Russia, China, Iran or some other country if you hate yours.