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      Obama, McCain Win Wisconsin Primaries

      POSTED: 7:41 am MST February 19, 2008
      UPDATED: 7:59 pm MST February 19, 2008

      CHICAGO -- Barack Obama won the Wisconsin primary
      Tuesday night, his ninth straight triumph over Hillary
      Clinton in their epic struggle for the Democratic
      presidential nomination, while John McCain won the
      Republican primary with ease over former Arkansas Gov.
      Mike Huckabee.

      Obama, speaking from delegate-rich Texas, welcomed the
      news and exhorted thousands of supporters at a Houston
      rally to vote on that state's March 4 primary.

      "The change we seek is still months and miles away,
      and we need the good people of Texas to help us get
      there," Obama said, vowing to "fight for every
      delegate it takes."

      "It is going to take more than big rallies," he said.

      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 a blue-collar battleground,
      according to polling place interviews.

      The economy and trade were key issues in the race, and
      seven in 10 voters said international trade has
      resulted in lost jobs in Wisconsin. Fewer than one in
      five said trade has created more jobs than it has
      lost.

      The Associated Press made its calls based on surveys
      of voters as they left the polls.

      In a scarcely veiled attack on Obama, the Republican
      nominee-in-waiting said, "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."

      Independents cast about one-quarter of the ballots in
      the race between Obama and Clinton, and roughly 15
      percent of the electorate were first-time voters, the
      survey said. Obama has run strongly among independents
      in earlier primaries, and among younger voters, and
      cited their support as evidence that he would make a
      stronger general election candidate in the fall.

      Wisconsin offered 74 national convention delegates.
      There were 20 delegates at stake in caucuses in
      Hawaii, where Obama spent part of his youth.

      Obama began the night with 1,281 delegates in the AP
      count, and Clinton with 1,218. It takes 2,025 to win
      the nomination at the party's national convention in
      Denver.

      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 superdelegates.

      The Democrats' focus on trade was certain to
      intensify, with primaries in Ohio in two weeks and in
      Pennsylvania on April 22.

      Obama's campaign has already distributed mass mailings
      critical of Clinton on the issue in Ohio. "Bad trade
      deals like NAFTA hit Ohio harder than most states.
      Only Barack Obama consistently opposed NAFTA," it
      said.

      Obama was in Texas, which has primaries and caucuses
      on March 4, and Clinton was in Ohio as the votes were
      counted in Wisconsin.

      "Both Sen. Obama and I would make history," the former
      first lady said in Youngstown," Ohio. "But only one of
      us is ready on day one to be commander-in-chief, ready
      to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the
      Republicans.

      "Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a
      fighter and a champion for those who need a voice."

      Clinton's aides initially signaled she would virtually
      concede Wisconsin, and the former first lady spent
      less time in the state than Obama.

      Even so, she ran a television ad that accused her
      rival of ducking a debate in the state and added that
      she had the only health care plan that would cover all
      Americans and the only economic plan to stop home
      foreclosures. "Maybe he'd prefer to give speeches than
      have to answer questions" the commercial said.

      Even before the votes were tallied in one state, the
      campaigners were looking ahead.

      Texas and Ohio hold primaries on March 4, and some of
      Clinton's backers have said the one-time front-runner
      cannot afford to lose either. Already, she and Obama
      have begun advertising in Texas, with 193 delegates,
      and Ohio, with 141, and both visited the two states in
      the days before Wisconsin primary.

      The Pennsylvania primary, with 158 delegates, is April
      22, the last big state to vote.

      In the Republican race, McCain's Wisconsin victory
      came with at least 13 of the 24 delegates at stake.
      That left him with 921, and Huckabee with 245.

      Unlike the Democratic race, McCain was assured of the
      Republican nomination and concentrated on turning his
      primary campaign into a general election candidacy.

      Huckabee parried occasional suggestions - none of them
      by McCain - that he quit the race. In a move that was
      unorthodox if not unprecedented for a presidential
      contender, he left the country in recent days to make
      a paid speech in the Grand Cayman Islands.

      McCain picked up endorsements from former President
      George H.W. Bush and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
      Romney, a campaign dropout who urged his 280 delegates
      to swing behind the party's nominee-to-be.
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