Washington, Mar 5: Hillary Rodham Clinton threw up a roadblock on Barack Obama's path to the Democratic presidential nomination by winning the giant Texas primary.
On Tuesday night, Clinton won the Rhode Island primary with more than 58 percent of the vote. But Ohio and Texas were the big trophies of the night, rich in delegates and according to former US President Bill Clinton, must-win states for his wife. Her share of the Ohio vote was 55 percent in nearly complete returns, and she was winning nearly 51 percent in Texas. Obama had a total of 1,466 delegates, including separately chosen party and elected officials known as super delegates, according to sources. Clinton had 1,376 delegates.
"For everyone here in Ohio and across America who's been counted out and refused to be knocked out, and for everyone who has stumbled but stood right back up, and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you," Clinton said at a raucous rally in Columbus on a night when she took both of the two major prizes on offer.
It takes 2,025 to win the nomination and over 600 remained to be picked in the 10 states that vote after Tuesday. Both Democrats, sought to frame the race in the best possible terms for their own campaigns.
"They call Ohio a bellwether state, the battleground state. It's a state that knows how to pick a president and no candidate in recent history, Democrat or Republican, has won the White House without winning the Ohio primary,'' the former First Lady said in Columbus. bama, the Illinois senator, conceded defeat in Ohio but said, it was the delegates that mattered.
The Democratic marathon was in contrast to a Republican race that was fierce while it lasted but had long since been settled.