John McCain Captures Super Tuesday States With California, Northeastern Wins

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 5, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John McCain Captures Super Tuesday States With California, Northeastern Wins

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 5,

Washington, DC ( — John McCain captured several Super Tuesday states but didn’t win enough states to be declared the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. McCain won California and states in the northeastern portion of the country, but Huckabee fared well in the south and Mitt Romney won caucus states in the western part of the country.

Despite not winning as many states as some political observers projected, McCain declared himself the front-runner.

“Tonight I think we must get used to the idea that we are the Republican Party front-runner for the nomination. And I don’t really mind it one bit,” he said.

“Tonight, my friends, we’ve won a number of important victories in the closest thing we’ve ever had to a national primary,” McCain said. “We’ve won some of the biggest states in the country. We’ve won in the West, the South, Midwest and Northeast.”

With regard to the number of delegates needed to officially win the Republican nomination, McCain said he is "going to get there” eventually and serve as the party’s general election nominee.

McCain won among California Republicans with 44 percent compared to 25 percent for Romney and 12 percent for Huckabee.

Meanwhile, McCain won several of the liberal northeastern states that are less pro-life and appreciate his more moderate approach on other political issues.

McCain captured 52 percent of the vote in Connecticut, 45 percent in Delaware, 55 percent in New Jersey, and 51 percent in New York. Romney placed second in the northeasten states and captured some delegates with his showing.

The senator also carried the Midwestern state of Illinois with 48 percent of the vote over Romney, who brought in 29 percent. He eked out a close victory in Missouri with 33 percent, Huckabee getting 32 percent ad Romney 29 percent and won Oklahoma with 37 percent of the vote there over Huckabee.

Additionally, McCain won in his home state of Arizona where he is a long-time member of the Senate.

McCain received 47 percent of the Arizona GOP vote but Romney put up a strong second place showing with 34 percent and Huckabee received 9 percent.