Election Coverage: McCain secures GOP nomination, Clinton wins Texas
March 4, 2008 9:57 PM
A victory in the Texas primary has established Arizona Sen. John McCain as the Republican nominee for president, CNN reports.
CNN has also projected that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton will win the Texas primary, stalling Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's momentum in the race to secure the democratic nomination for president.
Clinton has also won primaries in Rhode Island and Ohio, receiving nearly 60 percent of the vote in each state.
Clinton’s victories in Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas put her back in the democratic primary race, said SF State political science rofessor David Tabb.
“It’s obvious she has gained momentum and new life,” he said. “She now has an edge going into the Pennsylvania primary.”
Despite Clinton victories in three crucial states, Obama is expected to retain a lead in delegate counts.
With chants of “Yes she will” echoing in the background, Clinton addressed supporters in Columbus, Ohio.
“For everyone who has stumbled but has stood right back up and for everyone who has worked hard and never given up…this one is for you,” she said, her voice hoarse from campaigning. “You know what they say - “As Ohio goes, so goes the nation”. Well this nation is coming back and so is this campaign."
"No candidate in recent history, democratic or republican, has won the presidency without winning this primary,” she added, alluding to the importance of her victory in the key battleground state.
Clinton vowed to continue her campaign to seek the democratic nomination with promises of universal health care, economic stabilization, energy interdependence, increased diplomacy and ending the war in Iraq.
“Americans don’t need more promises, they deserve solutions,” she said.
She also congratulated McCain, saying “I look forward to a spirited debate.”
McCain, whose nomination comes 12 months after he was written off as a GOP candidate, addressed supporters at a campaign rally in Dallas.
“I want to thank all my former rivals and their supporters for their steadfast dedication to make America safe and proud," he said. "I am very grateful for the broad support that you have given our campaign.”
With signs reading "1191" serving as the backdrop- a reference to the number of delegates needed to secure the republication candidacy, McCain acknowledged the new race he entered by winning the GOP nomination for president.
“The contest begins tonight. We will fight to make certain we have a government that is as capable, wise and decent as the great people we serve,” he said.
Obama and McCain have been declared the winners in the Vermont primary.
McCain has also won in Ohio, where he received 60 percent of the vote.
“I have much respect for John McCain,” said democrat Meredith Hobbs, a creative writing major. “He’s a man of honor with a history of bi-partisan ship in congress.”
President George W. Bush is predicted to endorse McCain as his replacement at the White House tomorrow, CNN reports.
Thanking friends, family, staff members and voters for their continued support, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee conceded the nomination to McCain earlier this evening.
“It’s now important that we turn our attention to uniting the Republican party,” he said to supporters in Texas.
“I fought the good fight, I finished the race," Huckabee added, a quote he attributed to the Apostle Paul. "I would rather lose the election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place.” His remarks to supporters were greeted with loud applause.
Obama spoke to supporters in San Antonio, shortly after Clinton gave a victory speech in Ohio.
“We are in the middle of a very close race here,” he said. “I want to congratulate her for a hard fought race in Rhode Island and Ohio.”
“We are on our way to winning this nomination,” he added. “If we can give young people a reason to vote and the young at heart a reason to believe again then we can write a new chapter in the American story.”
Like Clinton, Obama extended his congratulations to McCain and offered supporters a glimpse of the campaign ahead should he win the democratic nomination.
“In this election we will offer two very different visions of the America we see in the 21st century,” Obama said. “In this campaign [McCain] has fallen in line with the very same policies that have ill served America.”
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