McCain, Obama Power Through the Potomac

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Tuesday couldn't have turned out better for John McCain and Barack Obama, as they swept through Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. in their bids for the Republican and Democratic tickets to the presidency.

Watch for more from American Spectator's Philip Klein, following this report. 

Senator McCain stole all the delegates in his three contests, leaving Huckabee with a nearly unsurmountable wall to climb to represent the GOP at the upcoming convention.

On the Democratic side, things have taken a turnaround.

New York Senator Hillary Clinton now finds herself trailing Obama in the delegate count, and her opponent seems to be gaining momentum every week.

McSweep

McCain scored convincing victories Tuesday night in Maryland and Washington D.C., but the conservative Christian vote made things a little too close for comfort for the Arizona senator in Virginia, where 70 percent of Evangelicals casted their support for Mike Huckabee.

"He certainly keeps things interesting - a little too interesting at times tonight, I must confess," McCain said. "but I have even more reason to appreciate just how formidable a campaigner he is."

The former Vietnam POW appeared grateful for his commanding lead as the GOP frontrunner.

"I do not seek the presidency on the presumption that I am blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save my country in its hour of need," McCain said a Tuesday night celebration. "I seek the presidency with the humility of a man who cannot forget that my country saved me."

But Huckabee refused to throw in the towel, gaining confidence from his competitive race with McCain in Virginia.

"There is still a sense in the Republican Party to have a choice," the former Arkansas governor said. 

With the latest tallies, McCain weighs in with 821 delegates and Huckabee touts 241. The winning GOP candidate will need 1,191 delegates to represent his party.

Take a look at the percentages and delegates the GOP candidates have racked in so far in Tueday night's contests:
 

Candidate VA % VA delegates MD % MD delegates DC % DC delegates
John McCain 50 60 55 16 68 16
Mike Huckabee 41 0 30 0 17 0
Ron Paul 5 0 6 0 8 0
Mitt Romney 4 0 6 0 6 0
Alan Keyes     1 0    

The Tides are Turning

Illinois Senator Barack Obama's confidence continues to grow as his acquired delegates surmount those of his rival.

His decisive victories in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. have made his challenger Hillary Clinton have to retool her campaign, as she has had to find new personnel to lead her campaign.

Obama wanted to make certain with his recent victories are a clear indication that he can win the White House.

"Tonight we're on our way," Obama promised those supporting him in Madison, Wisconsin. "But we know how much further we have to go on."

He also addressed his chief rival on the Republican side, saying that he was an American hero who doesn't address the "real problems of the American people."

But Clinton didn't appear shaken from her fall as the Democratic delegate leader.

"I'm tested, I'm ready," the former First Lady told supporters in El Paso, Texas, where she will campaign for three weeks to capture the delegate-rich state. "Now let's make it happen."

Right now, Obama sports 1,223 delegates to Clinton's 1,198. The first one to 2,025 wins the Democratic nomination for the White House.

Here's how the Democrats fared at the polls in percentages and delegates:
 

Candidate VA % VA delegates MD % MD delegates DC % DC delegates
Barack Obama 64 49 60 13 75 3
Hillary Clinton 35 26 36 6 24 1
Uncommitted     1 0 0 0
John Edwards 1 0 1 0 0 0

Source: The Associated Press

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