GOP candidate John McCain and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama put some more ground between themselves and their rivals Tuesday night.
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McCain became more assured of his Republican nomination, saying he can now "claim with confidence and humility" that he will lead the GOP party in the battle for the presidency against the Democratic representative.
At his victory rally, he also took stabs at the Democratic leader by backing Clinton's contention that Obama's words are cheap.
"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change that promises no more than a holiday from history and a return to the false promises and failed policies of a tired philosophy that trusts in government more than the people," McCain said.
Referring to Obama, McCain also said that he was not the youngest candidate, only the most experienced.
The GOP Numbers Game
The Republican frontrunner got a more commanding grip on his lead by squeezing out 31 delegates in his Wisconsin victory and 3 from his Wisconsin win over Huckabee. Six more delegates are still to be awarded from Wisconsin and another 37 have yet to be given out by the state of Washington.
The Hawaiian caucuses will give the winner another 20 delegates.
Overall, McCain registers an impressive 942 delegates to Huckabee's 245. Whoever reaches 1,191 first will represent the GOP party in the bid for the White House.
The Arizona senator took 55 percent of the vote in Wisconsin to Huckabee's 37 percent. In Washington, McCain garnered support from 49 percent of voters and Huckabee received 21 percent.
Mike Huckabee's decision to stay in the race despite his disappointing evening was about a lot more than pride.
"Let me assure you that if it were about ego, my ego doesn't enjoy getting these kinds of evenings where we don't win the primary elections," Huckabee told the media at a hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. "So it's got to be about something more than that, and it is. It's about convictions."
McCain showed respect for his top competitor.
"I want to commend Governor Huckabee, who has shown impressive grit and passion himself, and whom, though he remains my opponent, I have come to admire very much," the senator said.
Ron Paul racked up unpromising single-digit percentages in Tuesday's primaries.
Obama Making More Headway
Continuing to gain momentum, Obama said that his campaign still has much work ahead of it.
"The change we seek is still months and miles away," Obama told supporters in Houston, Texas.
But the Illinois senator was confident that he would bring about some drastic changes if he is nominated into the White House.
"I opposed this war in 2002. I will bring this war to an end in 2009," he promised. "It is time to bring our troops home."
Stacking Up the Dems
With the support of Wisconsin, Obama won his ninth straight state over Clinton, taking 58 percent of the vote to the New York senator's 41 percent.
His narrow lead in Washington of 50 percent to Clinton's 47 percent was just symbolic, as no delegates will be awarded in the Northwest primary.
So far, Obama took in 38 delegates from his Wisconsin victory, with Clinton running away with 27.
Weighing in their total delegates count, Obama has 1,319 to Clinton's 1,245. First one to 2,025 wins.
The Hawaiian caucuses have yet to disclose who will get the island state's 20 delegates.
Talk Is Cheap?
Hillary Clinton was quick to challenge her competitor on the promises he made about what he would do if elected president.
She said that campaigning in the primaries "is about picking a president who relies not just on words but on work - on hard work to get America back to work."
In Ohio, Clinton told supporters that the "best words in the world are not enough" unless they are backed with action.
The New York senator also emphasized the experience she had over Obama.
"Both Senator Obama and I would make history, but only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the Republicans," Clinton said. "Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice."
Source: The Associated Press