Politics

Working class whites backed Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton showed renewed strength Tuesday in Texas and Ohio among whites and working-class voters who had begun deserting her in recent contests, early results from exit polls in the states showed.

With her back against the wall in a pair of contests that seemed virtually must-win, the New York senator seemed to be limiting Barack Obama to groups that have supported his candidacy from the start of this year’s Democratic presidential contest.

John McCain: The ultimate survivor

John McCain secured the Republican presidential nomination as the ultimate survivor — winning it eight years after his first failed attempt and decades after cheating death in the Vietnam War.

Easy to laugh and easy to anger, McCain carries with him the scars of battle in both armed conflict as a naval pilot and in the political wars of Washington as a U.S. senator from Arizona.

Clinton declared winner in Ohio

NBC News has declared Hillary Rodham Clinton as the winner of the Democratic primary in Ohio.

With just over 50 percent of the votes counted, Clinton has 57 percent of the vote compared with 41 percent for Barack Obama.

Clinton, Obama battle while McCain seals deal

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton split a pair of New England primaries Tuesday night and vied for bigger prizes in Ohio and Texas in a riveting Democratic presidential race. Arizona Sen. John McCain, an unflinching supporter of the war in Iraq, clinched the Republican nomination.

“We are in Iraq and our most vital security interests are involved there,” said McCain at a victory celebration nearly a decade in the making.

Obama won Vermont’s Democratic primary, gaining nearly 60 percent of the vote for a 12th straight victory over the former first lady.

Clinton declared Rhode Island winner

Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary in Rhode Island giving her one race out of four with contests in Ohio and Texas still undecided.

With eight percent of the vote counted, Clinton had 53 percent of the vote, compared to 45 percent for Barack Obama.

Obama was declared the winner in Vermont earlier in the evening. The races in Ohio and Texas are still too close to call.

Huckabee drops Presidential bid

With Arizona Sen. John McCain clinching the Republican nomination, former Arizona Gov. Mike Huckabee dropped out of the race Tuesday night, saying he ran a good race and did not want to call it quits until the race was officially over.

Huckabee spoke to supporters shortly after McCain officially clinched the nomination, surpassing the required 1,191 votes needed for the Republican nomination.

Huckabee compared his race to a stalled computer, saying it was “time to hit the reset button.”

McCain clinches GOP nomination

John McCain, the Arizona Senator declared DOA last summer, clinched the Republican nomination for President Tuesday, clinching primaries in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas.

McCain now has more than 1,200 delegates pledged, including those originally pledged to former candidate Mitt Romney, who withdrew and endorsed McCain. He needed 1,191 to clinch.

Mike Huckabee is expected to withdraw from the race on Wednesday.

While Republicans appear settled on a nominee, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to battle it out in Texas and Ohio. With polls closed in both states, the race is still considered too close to call.

Obama wins Vermont, Ohio too close to call

Democratic Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama won an easy victory in Vermont Tuesday, giving him 12 straight primary wins but early returns in Ohio appear to give Hillary Clinton a new lease on her political life.

John McCain won handily in Vermont and Ohio and appeared well on his way to officially capturing the GOP nomination.

Polls closed in East Texas at 8 p.m. EST and Obama held a 100,000 edge with 1 percent of the vote in. West Texas polls close at 9 p.m. EST.

Road blocks on Obama’s nomination expressway?

A week ago, a surging Barack Obama looked towards today’s primary races in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont as deal closers — the elections that would send Hillary Clinton packing and seal his drive towards the Democratic Presidential nomination.

Today, with lingering questions about his ties to a corrupt Chicago deal maker and conflicting reports about what his trade adviser may or may not have told the Canadian government, Obama could hit a roadblock on his road to inevitability.

As in past elections, Obama’s chances for another round of primary wins depends heavily on turnout. Early voting in Texas shows signs of a record count and long lines at polling places are expected in the other states but polls in Ohio and the Lone Star state show a race that is deadlocked.

Tracking polls suggest Obama’s race may be stuttering under the glare of increased scrutiny but — as New Hampshire and other states have shown in this unpredictable primary season — polls don’t always predict the final outcome.

All hat, no cattle and little scrutiny

My part of the country — deep South Texas — doesn’t usually get as much political attention as it has gotten during the last two weeks. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama both addressed large crowds here, Ted Kennedy rallied Obama supporters on the campus of the college where I work, and Bill Clinton has been to town twice.

But the stakes down here are high; by the time you read this, the Texas Democratic Party primary (March 4) could be over, and so could Clinton’s campaign.