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McCain widens delegate lead

Sen. John McCain padded his commanding delegate lead in the Republican presidential race Wednesday and urged conservative critics to cut him some slack. In a Democratic surprise, Hillary Rodham Clinton…

Conservatives set for nervous breakdown?

I'm reminded of the story about the young nun who asked the Mother Superior if it was all right to smoke a cigarette while praying. The Mother Superior erupted in…

Is Obama’s ‘phenom’ phase over?

Some observations coming out of Super Tuesday: The "phenom" phase of Sen. Barack Obama's campaign may be ending. The shine may be starting to deflect off the star. Yes, it's still…

McCain, Clinton hold delegate leads

Sen. John McCain jumped to a commanding lead in the Republican delegate race over Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton edged ahead of Sen. Barack Obama in…

Can anyone stop McCain?

John McCain's string of cross-country victories made him all but unstoppable — and proved his appeal across a broad swath of the Republican Party. The Arizona senator was racking up enough…

Democrats in race to the finish

Hillary Rodham Clinton captured needed states Tuesday night — including the brass ring of California — even as Barack Obama ate into her traditional base of support on a topsy-turvy…

McCain takes command of GOP race; Romney on the ropes; Clinton, Obama divide up Super Tuesday

John McCain earned himself a super Wednesday, a day to savor coast-to-coast primary victories that ratified him as the Republican front-runner, while Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama dug in…

Obama wins Georgia, Illinois; McCain takes Illinois, New Jersey, Conn.; Clinton tops in Okla., Tenn., Ark.

Sen. Barack Obama captured the Illinois and Georgia Democratic primaries Tuesday night while Hillary Clinton appeared headed for victory in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee. On the Republican side, John McCain won…

Obama wins Georgia, Illinois

Sen. Barack Obama captured the Illinois and Georgia Democratic primaries Tuesday night while Hillary Clinton appeared headed for victory in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee. On the Republican side, John McCain won…

Can McCain seal the deal?

John McCain hoped to seal the deal. Mitt Romney wanted to stay alive. Either outcome was possible. Super Tuesday's coast-to-coast voting promised either to cap a turbulent yearlong campaign for the…