|Obama, McCain Sweep Primaries |
Barack Obama and John McCain swept the Potomac Primaries Tuesday, giving the candidates a vital injection of delegates in the race for their respective party nominations.
McCain easily beat Mike Huckabee in Maryland and the District of Columbia after starting out the night in a surprisingly close race in Virginia that later opened up to a large win.
The GOP front-runner’s victories helped in rebound after he suffered embarrassing defeats Saturday to underdog Huckabee in Louisiana and Kansas.
But for Obama, the victories in the three contests capped a week-long shutout over Hillary Clinton, and for the first time since the race began gave him a lead in the delegate counts. Associated Press tallies showed Obama with 1,212 and Clinton with 1,191.