Obama sweeps Saturday's Democratic contests

February 10, 2008 7:30:07 AM PST
We begin with the race for 08 -- and the narrowing gap between senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. While republican Mike Huckabee picked up a couple of big wins. Eyewitness News reporter Thalia Patillo joins us now with more on the primaries.

His concern here is John McCain. President Bush is saying the senator is conservative but may have to work harder to convince conservatives of that.

This was while republican Mike Huckabee won in Kansas, an embarrassing setback for senator McCain.

And Senator Obama scored a clean sweep over Senator Clinton in three states.

Determined and feisty--former governor Mike Huckabee is gaining ground in these post super Tuesday primaries. He won Kansas, and then late last night--Louisiana.

McCain remains the frontrunner for the republican nomination--adding Washington State to his column last night.

And while McCain maintains a comfortable lead in delegates--Huckabee says he's in the presidential race to stay.

"It's, you know, game on," said Huckabee. "We're ready to play."

Huckabee says he'll stay in the contest until he or his opponent has enough delegates to win the nomination.

While Super Tuesday may have cleared McCain's path to the GOP nomination, it exposed just how close the race is between senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Obama easily swept a handful of Saturday races--Washington, Nebraska, Louisiana and the Virgin Island--putting his delegate count in striking range of Hillary Clinton. The night was his.

"We won in Louisiana. We won in Nebraska. We won in Washington State. We won north. We won south. We won in between," said Senator Obama. "I believe we can win Virginia on Tuesday, if we stand for change."

But while close, the fight for the democratic ticket is far from over.

During a campaign stop in Maine, Clinton said Obama is no match for the 'legendary background' of the GOP frontrunner--John McCain.

"He has increasingly relied on big endorsements and celebrities to attach him to get the validation that comes from that kind of endorsements," said Senator Clinton.

The candidates will begin the next round Sunday. Maine will hold its caucuses.

Then, on Tuesday -- voters in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia will go to the polls.