It was a clean sweep night for Barack Obama in three crucial democratic votes. He was tipped to do well in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State. But the scale of his win over Hillary Clinton, in at least two of them, was a crushing two votes to one. “We won in Louisiana; we won in Nebraska and in Washington, and with your support we will win in Virginia too,” he told a hugely supportive crowd in Richmond, Virginia, two days before the primary there.
Obama was preceded onto the stage by his rival, Hillary Clinton, as the votes were still being counted elsewhere. The two candidates are now only a few dozen delegates apart, both around the 1000 mark, which is an increasingly worrying prospect for the Clinton camp.
The distance between the Republican candidates is much wider but Mike Huckabee insists he is committed. “People have asked if I am going to quit. I have come here to make it clear that I am not,” Huckabee told his supporters.
Not only was he not quitting, but he was winning. Huckabee trouced the Republican front-runner John MCain in the Kansas primary, and took Louisiana too with Washington State in the balance. He aims is to deny McCain the number of delegates he needs for an outright win, to force a free vote at the summer convention.