(CNN) - John McCain clinched the Republican nomination tonight with big wins in Texas and Ohio.
But looking at the exit polls out of Texas - a state McCain must carry in the general election to win the presidency - trouble remains for the Arizona senator.
Despite the fact McCain is certain to carry his party's banner in the general election, he only narrowly carried Texas conservatives over Huckabee (48-40 percent). They made up more than two-thirds of all Texas Republican voters, and it is imperative they show up to vote for McCain in November. Also, McCain only managed to tie Huckabee among late deciders, another indication many Republicans aren't ready to rally behind McCain.
Another troubling statistic: More Texas Republican voters said they were looking for a candidate that shares their values over any other quality - and those voters picked Huckabee by 25 points over McCain (57-32 percent).
Translation: McCain captured his party's nomination tonight, but he still has a lot of work ahead of him to convince the base he's their guy.
Related: Watch McCain speak to supporters about being the Republican nominee
–CNN's Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
Sorry, McCain, but I used to vote Republican and this year I'll be voting for Barack Obama. I am ready for change!!!
Just looking at the turnout numbers, McCain is in big trouble.
CNN story line....
Dems can vote for whomever they are stuck with.
Reps can't get voters to stick to whomever.
If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08
This is ridiculous. CNN, at least try to disguise your bias.
CNN always has and always will HEART Obama.
Schneider's a dork. McCain won't run against Huckabee in the general...he'll run against liberals...conservatives and mods don't vote for liberals.
Who really cares whether Conservatives rally behind McCain or not. Their brand of rhetoric and ignorance/belief in the face of truth and facts has doomed them. The earth really is round, global warming does exist, and the earth is really billions of years old. Deal with it.
If I was McCain, I wouldn't worry too much. All those who are republican and voted for Obama today will be back in Nov.
When will the votes in the Texas caucus be counted? We all completed paperwork voting for our candidate but left there very confused. No one really knew what was going on.
So, Obama wanted Hilary Clinton to stop campaigning if she lost Texas and Ohio.
Mr. Obama you should stop campaigning if you lose those states!
Funny, your headline on your main page said this article was about bad news for CLINTON, but the article is actually about bad news for MCCAIN. Didn't Anderson Cooper spend a half hour talking about just these kind of mistakes last night?
The only way the GOP will become unified is if they all join the Democratic party this year. Congratulations Senator McCain, but you may as well keep barbecueing, because the Republicans will not have a prayer, despite the religion, in the General Election. Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to have sensible, mature, substanstive debates on the issues with Senator Clinton.
A McCain vs. Clinton race for the Presidency will lead to a respectful and enjoyable campaign season where ultimately the United Staes will join together on a bipartisan basis to solve our nations problems. To me a Clinton/McCain ticket would be perfect for getting our country to join with bipartisan congressional support to solve the major issues of our precious nation. Talk about a dream ticket.
McCain would need Hillary win Ohio in the general election; one the most important states in the nation. Thanks OHIO. You are the Best.
Have you even been to Texas? Between Hilary, Obama and McCain, believe me he's their guy...
Do you think conservatives will vote for McCain, Obama or Clinton. They will rally to the Republican candidate. McCain speaks his mind and acts on his beliefs, even if they stray from the party line. He is not so far from the conservative ideals that the conservatives will vote Democrat.
Obama hasn't won, yet so Obama supporters go find a Hillary article to annoy people on.
HILLARY WINS OHIO!!!!!!!!!
Sp you think all these Texas Conservatives are going to vote with the MOST liberal person in the US Senate?
the numbers won't matter. one things republicans do much better than the democrats is fall in line. and trust me, they will
He may not have to...
I was independent until registering Democratic this year. If Clinton is the nominee, there is a better than average chance I'll vote for him. I support Obama because I think the most important thing is to change *how* government is run. If Clinton's slander wins the day, McCain is the next best to achieve this goal.
Really nothing is bad news for McCain, seeing as no one really values the conservatives as they are today. Funny how one of the more popular conservative radio show hosts when giving a speach to support McCain, used more dirty politics then McCain himself was using, and then after being shown that his comments were bad by McCain himself, he then, out of nothing but spite and the purest of ignorance, switches his vote and support to hillary clinton.
Conservatives, is this who you want representing you?
If not Obama '08 then Hilary '08 (I'm a true democrat)
I don't think he's got any more work to do . He can go home and bbq some more pig parts with his obnoxious rich friends till Nov. He wasn't elected .
I think John McCain will be just fine, he seemed pretty fired up earlier. It's going to be a good year!
It's ironic that the man the Rove Republicans set out to slander and defame in order to win the nomination eight years ago is their nominee. I am a Democrat, but I prefer him to Senator Clinton and her decision to do the same to Senator Obama. I guess it shows that a woman can be just as mean in politics as a man.
Tell McCain not to worry because some of Hillary's supporters would rather vote for McCain than Obama. We are not THAT liberal and stupid!
Look at the popular votes for Clinton and Obama; count 'em and then look at the nuber of votes cast for McCain. Spells doom for the Repubic Party, no?