White House race contests resume

February 9, 2008 4:26:05 PM PST
With several states holding caucuses or primaries Saturday including Louisiana, Nebraska Washington and Kansas -- more delegates are up for grabs.Late Saturday afternoon -- republican Mike Huckabee was declared the winner in Kansas.

Eyewitness news reporter Carolina Leid joins us with more on how the race is shaping up -- and what this weekend means for the candidates.

In the democratic race, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battle in a three state, one territory showdown.

This next batch of convention delegates show absolutely no signs of letting up this all out tie any time soon.

And in the republican race, John McCain is still trying to gain the support of party conservatives. It's a push some say won't come easy.

The republicans have a busy weekend, with the Louisiana primary and Washington state and Kansas caucuses Saturday.

Mike Huckabee is fighting for every vote he can get, to try and get an edge over front runner, senator John McCain. Despite his lead, McCain is still trying to gain support of party conservatives.

"We all understand that best way of succeeding is with a united party and we'll have great difficulties if we don't," said McCain.

Easier said then done given the boos he got Thursday at this week's conservative political action conference.

"He's betrayed not just the conservative movement but the republican party year after year after year in the senate and he will not get my support," said conservative activist, Ruth Malhotra.

McCain got a boost from President Bush Friday, though not by name.

"Soon we will have a nominee who will carry the conservative banner into this election and beyond," said President Bush. "The stakes in November are high."

And in the democratic race, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are just about tied for the democratic presidential nomination, but this weekend could change everything.

Both are vying for 350 delegates between now and the end of Tuesday.

Democrats in Washington State, Nebraska, Louisiana and the Virgin Islands hit the voting booths Saturday.

Obama's chances are thought to be good.

"These states have a lot of African-American voters, lots of young voters, lots of affluent voters, the very kind of voters who favor Obama," said Mark Halperin from time.com.

But it looks more likely the super-delegates-- party big wigs-- who can support whoever they please may play an oversized role.