It was a good feeling for Barack Obama on the back of a clean sweep in three crucial Democratic primaries. He was tipped to do well in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State.
But his margin over Hillary Clinton in at least two of them was a crushing two votes to one, and he’s looking forward to the future: “We won in Louisiana, we won in Nebraska, we won in Washington State, we won north, we won south, we won in-between, and I believe we can win Virginia on Tuesday if you’re ready to stand for change.”
Obama was preceded onto the stage in Richmond Virginia by his rival as the votes were still being counted. Clinton received a warm welcome, but the rapturous applause for Obama may prove more telling.
The provisional delegate vote count for the Democrats is looking increasingly worrying for the Clinton camp, with the two rivals locked together neck and neck.
The gap between the Republican candidates is much wider, but Mike Huckabee remains committed. “I know that there was some speculation that i might came here today to announce that I will be getting out of the race. But I want to make sure you understand. Am I quitting? Let’s get that settled right now, no, I’m not.” He was not only not quitting, he was winning.
Huckabee trounced the Republican front-runner John MCain in Kansas, and took Louisiana too. McCain hit back with a narrow win in Washington State. Huckabee’s aim is to deny McCain the number of delegates he needs for an outright win, and so force a free vote at the summer convention.