February 19th, 2008
10:35 PM ET
14 years ago

A big night for Obama, McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/19/feb19.contests/art.mccain.wis.gi.jpg caption="The race’s recent victors won again last night."] (CNN) - Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain will win in Wisconsin, CNN projects.

Sen. John McCain is looking to pick up more delegates as he inches toward his party's nomination.

The victory marks the ninth consecutive win for Obama over rival Hillary Clinton since a split-decision on Super Tuesday two weeks ago.

"The change we seek is still months and miles away," Obama said Tuesday night in Houston, Texas.

"It is going to take more than big rallies. It is going to require more than rousing speeches ... it is going to require something more because the problem that we face in America today is not the lack of good ideas. It's that Washington has become a place where good ideas go to die," he said.

Obama and Clinton have turned their attention to Ohio and Texas, which hold contests on March 4. Early voting began in Texas on Tuesday.

In the Republican race, Wisconsin gives McCain at least 13 more delegates; 24 more delegates are to be awarded to the winner of each congressional district.

The remaining three GOP delegates are unpledged Republican National Committee members.

As Obama has emerged as the front-runner in the Democratic race, McCain has increasingly directed criticism toward him.

"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change," McCain told supporters Tuesday night.

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Contrast McCains 150 people victory speech to Obama's 20,000.

    Yeah,McCain is on his way of winning the presidency, and I'm a ballet dancer from Ukraine.

    OK whatever McCain.

    February 20, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  2. eric barthel

    thankyou wisconsin to show the road. texas and ohio will follow

    February 20, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  3. Michael

    I found it very poetic that on the same day Sen McCain reaffirms the stance of not talking to leaders we don't like, Fidel Castro announced his retirement and announced it on his terms.

    So what exactly did 50 years of punative embargos and no diplomacy with Cuba get us? The cold war is over, time to bury the hatchet.

    February 20, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  4. Brian

    Obama 08'

    The writing is on the wall. I know she won't, but I wish Hillary would step down and unite the party behind the people's candidate before it is too late. As a converted Republican, I don't want to see first hand how this party loses.

    February 20, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  5. bond

    Even though you're a great patriot and american hero, you're still an idiot McCain!!!

    February 20, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  6. Linda

    My neighbor who is a supporter of Barack and an employee of NASA didn't realize that Barack does not support the space program. Seriously, does anyone do their research anymore? I am all for supporting a candidate, but at least know what they stand for.

    February 20, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  7. Curliss

    There are only two real candidates qualified to be president...and that s Hillary and McCain. Primaries were intended for democrats and republicans to vote for their party candidates. However, in a general election we donot have to vote down partylines...here we can choose the best qualified for president. So, if it ain't Hillary...then it will be McCain. And most democrats who support Hillary...no doubt feel the same. Because we want the best qualified for president from day 1. Obama just doesn't meet those qualifications. Of course, the best of both worlds would be a Clinton/Obama ticket. But, most likely not to occur.

    February 20, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  8. California Lady

    To Jason Batts
    You can tell that you have never paid attention to Political events before by the way you talk and how little you really had to say.

    I would like to point out one of your errors though. Hillary panders to each State and tells them what they want to hear. Barrack Obama does not. He has actually called Hillary on this very thing.

    So Mr. Batts – since you don't follow politics, please don't make idiotic comments because they are a waste of space and time.

    February 20, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  9. Philo, Chicago, Illinois

    I'll support Hillary when she starts acting like a Democrat. Oh, was voting for the Iraq war, voting for the Patriot Act, Voting to give Bush more power to advance a war with Iran, and refusing to speak to foreign leaders if they are considered are enimies........I guess I am just confused, Michael Guinn, but those sound like Republican stances to me. I will never vote for a Democrat like Hillary who is nothing more than an exstention of the Bush policies. Hillary does not offer a better America, but the same old republican garbage. We need a new path, we need to be Democrats again, we need OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  10. True Blue 08

    Oh no!!! Did anyone see the interview btwn Hardball Chris Matthews and Kirk Watson from Texas who is a big Obama supporter? When Matthews asked Mr Watson to name ONE accomplishment for Mr. Obama- Mr Watson literally stuttered and mumbled and SAID NOTHING! This is so troubling- watch it on youtube. Why are people supporting a candidate who is so clearly lacking?!!

    February 20, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
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