Final Push before Super Tuesday

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WASHINGTON - Will John McCain lock-up the Republican nomination? Can Barack Obama catch Hillary Clinton? These questions may be answered in just 24 hours.

John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign could come full circle on Super Tuesday.

Quinn Hillyer, associated editor of The Examiner, gives more analysis of the candidate's standing in the race.

After a slow start in which he fell far behind in the polls, McCain has now emerged as the front-runner on the Republican side. Campaigning in Connecticut yesterday with Independent Joe Lieberman by his side, McCain talked up his national security credentials.

"My friends I'm running for President of the United States as you know because I believe we face a transcendent challenge in the twenty-first century which is radical Islamic extremism," McCain said.

McCain hopes his experience and strength on the war on terror will be enough to offset Romney.

He has a large lead over Romney in national polls, with Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul trailing far behind. But Romney will look to make some noise on Tuesday thanks to strong support among grassroots conservatives and a steady flow of cash.

"I think you're going to see a growing movement across this country to get behind my candidacy and to propel this candidacy forward," Romney said.

Obama Closing on Clinton

Obama is looking for a similar movement among Democratic voters. A Washington Post poll shows Obama pulling close to Clinton in the run-up to tomorrow's huge 22-state Democratic vote - now trailing by just four percentage points nationally.

"I think the race is close all across the country. There are going to be some states where I anticipate Clinton will do well, her home state of New York. In California she has a big lead that we are chipping away on," Obama said.

One poll actually shows Obama leading in California, where Oprah Winfrey and Caroline Kennedy rallied for him this weekend. Meanwhile, Clinton spent Sunday in another hotly contested state: Missouri.

"We have to have someone who can go toe to toe with the Republicans because I don't believe they'll give up the White House without a fight," Clinton said.

A new Washington Post poll shows that both Democratic frontrunners would make a strong showing against McCain in a general election.

But while the poll shows McCain defeating Clinton by three points, it shows him losing to Obama by that same three-point margin - with Obama winning 49 to McCain's 46-percent, still within the poll's margin of error.

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