Hillary Clinton (photo) has won the primary in three states on Tuesday : Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island. It puts her back into the White House race. Mrs Clinton said she was determined to stay in the race and was looking forward to continuing the debate with Mr Obama, who won the primary in the state of vermont, “in the weeks ahead”.
“For everyone here in Ohio and across America who has ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out, for everyone who has stumbled but stood right back up, and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you” she said.
Hillary Clinton also pointed Ohio as a state which, in every contest in recent history, had picked the winning presidentiel nominee.
Mr Obama, talking in San Antonio said “no matter what happens tonight, we have nearly the same delegate lead as we did this morning, and we are on our way to winning this nomination.”
Both Democratic candidates called John McCain (photo) to congratulate him as he won in all the four states, getting the number of delegates he needs to secure his nomination. With 1,224 delegates, he’s largely ahead of the 1,191 delegates needed in September, to claim the nomination at the party’s national convention.
The race continues
His closest rival, Mike Huckabee, has left the race and pledged to support McCain’s candidacy.
Speaking to his supporters in Dallas, Texas, Mr McCain said that the most important part of the campaign was ahead of them now, as he must “make a respectful, determined and convincing case to the American people” so that they would pick him over the Democratic candidate in the final election in November.
As for Democratic candidates, they will continu the race until one of them gets enough delegates. So far Barack Obama has 1,569 delegates and Hillary Clinton has 1,462. They need 2,025 delegates to secure their nomination.
The next caucus will be in Wyoming on 8 March (12 pledged delegates), and the primaries will take place in Mississippi on 11 March (33 pledged delegates). But the important primaries will be Pennsylvania on 22 April (158 pledged delegates) and, on 6 May, Indiana (72 pledged delegates) and North Carolina (115 pledged delegates).