February 19th, 2008
10:35 PM ET
13 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. aliou

    Clinton lost again. Journalists are suggesting she cry again. She stole change it didn't work. she stole yes we can, it din't work. she is now reinventing herself as a solution madam.

    February 19, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. Ron

    I am so happy that the people of Wisconsin affirmed change. Change for a better political system devoid of the Clinton scourge. Our country is growing again and I am certain that the next occupant of the White House will not be Republican. Not because McCain is old, or does not know that "its the economy", or is a warmonger. But because he is the past and he is failed politics.

    February 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. T-Ruff

    McCain low blows at Obama is the same ol rhetoric that Clinton is currently using. When are these guys going to get the message, Obama is a movement. He represents the people. Fired Up Ready To Go. BaRock the Vote

    February 19, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. LaLainKCMO

    No matter what – Democrats, we have to stick together! Don't divide the party too much! Once the candidate is chosen we're all in the same boat together!

    And no matter what Obama or Hillary – you know the other one is going to either be on the ticket OR in the Cabinet – – so let's STICK TOGETHER!

    Shush with the anti-Hillary banter and stop with the anti-Obama chatter.

    But one thing I don't get ... why are the Clinton's highlighting Obama's lack of "experience"? Bill didn't have any Washington experience at all but still did a great job.

    February 19, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. Ian

    It would be nice to the Dems were more civil. But let's remember that it is not just Hillary supporters who are threatening to sit this one out. Michelle Obama said she didn't know if she would vote for Clinton if she won. I suggest that if Obama supporters really want broad Democratic support in the General Election then they should insist it begin at the top. Michelle Obama needs to retract that statement if they hope to get my vote in November.

    February 19, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Phil Nacional

    It is so sad that most people are persuaded by the "hypnotic word" of Obama which is "CHANGE" Though I'm on the other side of the world but the political tension reverbrates worldwide. Obama is indeed a good and effective speaker. I won't doubt that. However, he kept on talking about changes in his speeches but he hasn't explained what are those changes that he want to happen. Is he talking of changes for the betterment of the US people or he is just using that powerful word to get the sympathy of people? Thus, everytime he delivers his speech its all CHANGE that he believes in. Yes, he can believe in change but it doesn't necessarily mean that he can make changes. I think his belief in CHANGE is the reason why he can't give a clear picture of the changes. Because they say that you can believe in a non-existing thing.

    Well, I cannot blame those people who are blinded and moved by the charisma of Obama because he is a new face in the National Politics. But will his charisma helps the common people? Will his words be put into action? Think about it.

    February 19, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. Kim V

    Can someone please explain, on air if possible, why Washington State has a caucus and a primary? How are the delegates counted and why go through it twice? I don't think I've heard anyone address the issue. Thanks!

    February 19, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  8. Herman

    Is it really possible that America’s people can look past their corporate self serving interests? Go Obama, Go America, the World is watching and waiting for democracy and hope’s last grasp!

    February 20, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  9. al

    I see that Obama talked about the subprime mortgage victems in his speech tonight, too bad they could not have gotten the same sweet deal he got with his Chicago residence.

    February 20, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. John

    Hillary needs to give up. It's over Hillary, now go away. The people have spoken loud and clear: they don't like you! Now it's time for you to accept the obvious and bow down to our savior, Obama.

    I am so salivating over the fact that when he gets elected this November, he will bring us to the promise land that will be way beyond heaven. Just imagine us all living in eternal happiness and pleasure *drools*. Dammit, the election can't come soon enough 🙁

    Our wills are yours Obama. Command us to do whatever you wish. Our purpose is to serve you and you alone. May you bless down upon us.

    February 20, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  11. Craigsgy

    Frank D! Good line! It would have been nice if you rounded it off with 'McCain has a military solution for the economy.'

    February 20, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Tim

    The republicans are gonna go to town on Obama on everything from Rezko to Health Care to his church

    MCCain has this in the bank

    February 20, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. Derek

    McCain is emblematic of a quickly dying breed of politician. There was a time when politicians like him were useful. However, times have changed, the world has changed and the US needs to adjust to that change. We cannot afford to continue to enact Cold War era policies and expect to get the same results.

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. Jonah, San Francisco

    I'm not sure I've ever heard McCain raise a domestic issue on the stump. It's just a rundown of countries he's ready to step to. I really do respect the way he served in the military, but I'm sure the people lining up at the VA down the block from me sacrificed every bit as much, and I probably don't want any of them leading the country.

    February 20, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  15. sabyen91

    Love Hill, then they would have to talk about the local talking heads urging their listeners to cross party lines to vote for Hillary since she is the easy candidate.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. SC Voter

    The fact that John McCain is the heir apparent to get the Republican nomination in 2008 is good news for the American people. This is because the American people are in no mood to vote for a third term of the Bush administration. John McCain supports the policies that have failed America over the past seven years and, therefore, does not deserve to be President.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  17. sabyen91

    To be fair, Charles Standard, it is almost too cold to smile here in Wisconsin. Amazingly I haven't stopped since CNN called the win for Obama.

    February 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. Dan

    To Micahel in Ventura, CA

    Great post!!!
    I wish more Dems honestly cared about the issues (Clinton and Obama are actually quite similar). Voting for McCain just because your favorite doesn’t win the primary is childish, petty, and calls to mind the saying “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.

    February 20, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. Russ Engle from Fremont, California

    I'm wondering why on the ElectionCenter2008 "Road to the White House" page, CNN uses broad-smiling "winning" photos of Obama and Clinton above their delegate counts, while the photos of McCain and Huckabee are more serious and pensive looking? The photo of Huckabee is especially poor – it isn't even lit properly. It makes it appear that the CNN photo editor is showing a Democratic bias. This is not good for the network's image. (I don't watch Fox News because I detect a strong conservative bias in their reporting). Also, the photos used on air are not compatible either. Personally, I think the on-air election results graphic photo of Barack Obama looks awful and should be replaced with a better one. Please respond privately if you decide not to post my comments on your blog, and keep up the good work otherwise! Thanks!

    February 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  20. Dan from MA

    McCain is already taking big bites out of Obama... on his lack of experience, and the serious inconsistancies in his slim record. The Republicans arn't just going to give up. Especially just because of some pretty speeches. Hillary is the only candidate standing up for core Democrat values, who can withstand the general election fight. And it will be an ugly, ugly fight..Any Democrat who thinks otherwise is dilluding themselves.

    February 20, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  21. The REAL Janet

    Well I hope Johnny boy is ready for a good fight. HRC underestimated Barack Obama and look where it got her!

    OBAMA 2008 & 2012!!!

    February 20, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. Liz

    Good point, Love Hill. There are plenty of Hillary haters in Idaho that love Rush.

    February 20, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  23. Sparkle, MO

    Many of the Hillary supporters always say that Barack Obama wins states because black voters vote for him. The CNN exit polls show that less than 20% of Wisconsins voters are black. So I ask, what do you have to say now?

    February 20, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. John Komakech

    American it is time for change and Obama is the one to talk us there.
    It is time to have some one who is not a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. Hillary Clinton should just come out and join the movement. Obama is going to win Taxas and Ohio

    February 20, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Jay CA

    what ever happend to mike gravel!!!!

    CNN don't forget about MIKE!!!!!

    February 20, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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