Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Al Jazeera Partners With NBC...is that cool..uncool or what?

Obama and McCain win in Wisconsin...

McCain easily defeated Huckabee in Wisconsin [EPA]
Barack Obama and John McCain have chalked up more victories in the US presidential race.

Obama won the Wisconsin primary for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night, his ninth straight triumph over Hillary Clinton, while McCain easily won the Republican contest, Al Jazeera's US broadcast partner NBC projected.

Republican and Democratic voters flocked to the polls in Wisconsin despite bad weather conditions. Obama cut deeply into Clinton's political bedrock, splitting the support of white women almost evenly with the former first lady and running well among working class voters in the Midwestern state, according to polling place interviews.

McCain easily dispatched Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, and edged closer to the 1,191 delegates needed to clinch the party's nomination.

Obama's words

"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure that Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change," the Republican nominee-in-waiting said in a thinly veiled attack on Obama.

In focus
In-depth coverage of the US presidential election His words seemed to echo Clinton's, who all but conceded Wisconsin even before the release of results.

Addressing supporters, Clinton never mentioned her Wisconsin loss and instead attacked Obama's oratorical talent as empty and meaningless.

The primary campaign "is about picking a president who relies not just on words but on work - on hard work to get America back to work", she told a Youngstown, Ohio, rally on Tuesday night, adding that the "best words in the world are not enough" unless they are matched with action.

Obama began the evening with eight straight primary and caucus victories, a remarkable run that has propelled him past Clinton in the overall delegate race and enabled him to chip away at her advantage among elected officials within the party who will have convention votes as "super delegates".

Clinton, who was hoping to blunt some of Obama's momentum, will have to win next month in Ohio and Texas to salvage her presidential campaign.

Democrats in Hawaii, where Obama was born and is a heavy favourite, also voted on Tuesday, as did Republicans in Hawaii and Washington state.

Source: Agencies

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