Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Democratic primary in Ohio and Texas, two crucial victories and a soaring comeback to Barack Obama's string of earlier wins.
"We're going strong and we're going all the way," Clinton said to a cheering crowd. "This nation's coming back and so is this campaign."
"For everyone here in Ohio and across America who's ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out," she said, "and for everyone who has stumbled and stood right back up, and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you."
She alluded to the state's history of siding with the eventual presidential election winner: "You know what they say. As Ohio goes, so goes the nation."
Confetti rained down on her Ohio rally as she took the stage. Later on her campaign plane, she thanked Texans for their vote.
"I am thrilled at this vote of confidence from the people of the great state of Texas, a state that I know and love," she said.
Clinton's wins tonight also in Rhode Island broke Obama's winning streak and could prove to slow his campaign's momentum.
Obama, however, told supporters tonight that even if Clinton had a good night, the math is still in his favor. He told supporters that he's on his way to winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
"We can stand up with confidence and clarity," Obama said to supporters in front of the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium. "We are on our way to winning this nomination."
"In the weeks to come, we will begin a great debate about the future of this country," he said.
Clinton's wins give her at least 100 more delegates, while Obama picked up at least 77. Nearly 200 of tonight's delegates have yet to be awarded, including 163 in Texas.
Obama still leaders Clinton in the delegate chase with 1,466 to Clinton's 1,376.
Earlier today, Obama called Clinton "a tenacious and determined candidate"
A total of 2,025 delegates are needed to win the Democratic nomination, and slightly more than 600 to be decided in the remaining 10 states still left to vote.
Source: The Associated Press