Obama, McCain Ruling the Delegates

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WASHINGTON - Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton each locked in a very close battle for Democratic delegates, as Sen. John McCain seeks to knock out his remaining rivals for the GOP nominee.

A total of 94 Democratic delegates and 56 Republican delegate are at stake in presidential primaries Tuesday in Wisconsin and Washington, and in Democratic caucuses in Hawaii.

Obama and Clinton are battling to be the first to win 2,025 delegates, and Obama took a bigger lead after nailing down Wisconsin. His lead is narrow in Washington state.

McCain is well on his way toward reaching the 1,191 delegates he needs to win, especially after winning Wisconsin over Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. The Arizona senator also won Washington

Take a look below at the tables to see how the Reps and Dems stack up with tonight's results.

WISCONSIN 
The state offers 74 national convention delegates for the Democrats, in addition to 18 Democratic superdelegates who are not bound by the results of the primary.

Exit polls show independents cast about one-quarter of the ballots in the Democratic race. Obama has run well among independents in earlier primaries. A win in Wisconsin tonight could indicate how well he may do in the next-up primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Roughly 15 percent of the electorate were first-time voters.

Economic trade is a key issue in Wisconsin. Seven in 10 of the Democratic primary voters said U.S. trade with other countries winds up costing jobs in the state.

For the Republicans, a total of 37 delegates will be awarded based on state party's distribution rules. The winner of each congressional district will get 3 delegates, and the statewide winner will get 13 delegates.

Wisconsin also has three Republican National Committee members who will go to the national convention as unpledged delegates.

GOP front-runner John McCain is hoping to inch closer to wrapping up the GOP nomination.

WASHINGTON 
For Republicans, there are 19 pledged delegates at stake in the Washington Republican Primary. Three party members have been designated to go to the national convention as unpledged delegates.

An additional 18 GOP delegates will be awarded through the state party's caucus/convention system, which began with caucuses Feb. 9.

HAWAII 
There are 20 pledged delegates at stake in the Hawaii Democratic caucuses, as well as an additional 13 delegates who will be awarded according to votes in individual congressional districts.

As is Wisconsin, there is a possibility that the winner and loser in a close two-person race could end up with the same number of delegates, if the runner-up statewide wins the most votes in congressional district 2.

Hawaii also has nine Democratic superdelegates.

GOP Tuesday Night Results

Candidate WA percent WA delegates WI percent WI delegates HI percent HI delegates Overall delegates
McCain 49 3 55 31 0 0 942
Huckabee 21 0 37 0 0 0 245
Paul 7 0 5 0 0 0 14

Democratic Tuesday Night Scorecard

Candidate WA percent WA delegates WI percent WI delegates HI percent HI delegates Overall delegates
Obama 50 0 58 38 0 0 1,319
Clinton 47 0 41 27 0 0 1,245

Source: The Associated Press

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