Dems Fight On; GOP Decides

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Rumors of Hillary Clinton's political demise were greatly exaggerated.

Senator Clinton finally broke Barack Obama's momentum with big primary wins in Ohio and Texas.

Click play to watch Pat Robertson's interview with CBN News' David Brody, following this report.

And John McCain officially clinched the Republican nomination.

Proving that she's still very much in the fight, Clinton was all smiles after Tuesday's primary victories.

"This nation is coming back and so is this campaign," Clinton said to a cheering crowd.

Clinton's comeback revives her campaign, which until a few days ago, many pundits had tried to write off.

But she rallied her base - women, working class voters and Latinos - and they let their voices be heard.

With decisive wins in Ohio and Rhode Island - and Texas as the prize - Clinton is arguing that she deserves the party's nomination because she won in big states and swing states.

"You all know if we want a Dem president, we need a Dem nominee that can win the battleground states just like Ohio," Clinton said.

Despite Clinton's big wins, she still trails behind Obama in overall pledged delegates.

The two now roll up their sleeves and hit the campaign trail hard.

Despite his losses, Obama says the math is on his side.

"We know that no matter what happens tonight, we still have the same delegate lead that we had this morning. And we are on our way to winning this nomination," Obama said.

On the Republican side, the race is over. With enough delegates to lock up his party's nomination, John McCain is gearing up for November's general election.

"Stand up with my friends. Stand up and fight for America, for her strength, her ideals, and her future, the contest begins tonight," McCain said.

Last night, rival Mike Huckabee bowed out and threw his support behind the GOP's presumptive nominee.

"It's now important that we turn our attention to not what could've been or what we wanted to have been but what now must be and that is a united party," Huckabee said.

McCain also received congratulations phone calls from both Clinton and Obama. But this afternoon, he gets his biggest endorsement to date from President Bush.

While it's now clear for Republicans who their nominee will be, for Democrats the race for the White House is far from over.

With a caucus in Wyoming this weekend, Mississippi's primary next Tuesday, and 158 delegates at stake in Pennsylvania's primary seven weeks away on April 22, some Democrats worry that the continued competition will will weaken their candidate as Republicans unite behind theirs.

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John Jessup

John Jessup

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