McCain goes over the top

With his latest round of victories, John McCain has apparently clinched the Republican presidential nomination.


Alex Koppelman
March 5, 2008 7:03AM (UTC)

Calls for states that closed at 9 p.m. EST have come in, and with them a call for one big victory -- the networks are saying that with his wins tonight, John McCain has captured enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

This news follows closely on the heels of reports that McCain's only remaining major challenger, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, will take the opportunity of a speech tonight to congratulate McCain, and will retire to Little Rock, Ark., on Wednesday in order to, in part, talk to the McCain campaign about an official concession. Additionally, McCain will reportedly travel to the White House on Wednesday to receive an official endorsement from President Bush, who had remained neutral until now.

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On the Democratic side, those states with primaries that closed at 9 p.m. EST -- Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas, which is now holding caucuses -- remain too close to call.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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