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.

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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

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.