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. Hamilton

    Barack Obama continues to have large margins of victory. If Hillary's campaign manager does not get the clue that American voters are tired of the negative attacks, I do not know if she ever will. This has got to stop. I am actually beginning to feel sorry for Hillary. I sincerely believe she will go home and cry tonight. And if she had only battled with Barack Obama on the issues, she wouldn't have to wipe her tears tonight.

    February 20, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  2. victoria

    good-Bye Hillary!


    OBAMA 08

    February 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. Jaime

    It's obvious that the Clinton campaign, in their desperation, is taking on Republican strategies as they continue their attacks. They need to realize that they will tear down the Democratic advantage if they continue on this course. Instead, they read from the same script like the good soldiers of the Republican party always do. The greed for power continues to stain this process called Democracy.

    In 2000, McCain was the better choice for the Republican Party. But in 2008, he has leaned so far right that it is impossible for him to stand straight. He is no longer a viable choice for moderates and independents.

    February 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  4. Kevin Zelko

    Obama will easily be able to debate McCain into the ground. It's going to make for even better TV than the current debates. McCain will be off his rocker trying to keep up....and that is when Obama can focus on him instead of Hillary.

    I still wonder if she will accept the VP?

    February 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. mark

    We will see Sen Macain about an empty call for change come November.Its called the New Generation of Politics.

    February 20, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  6. jeremy, jakarta

    but i think thats not such as the big deals..
    indonesian not the country of terorism..so udont have to be affraid you will lose your election.
    cause im really sure you'llbecame the next family at the white house

    February 20, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. Liz

    Micahel Guinn – I'm a Hillary supporter that will vote for the person who can ensure our Country is respected and protected. I want a leader that had allegiance to America instilled in them as a child. I want a leader with a spouse that shares his/her love of America. He/she needs to be an expert in American History and patriotism.

    Your guy doesn't qualify on so many levels.

    February 20, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. val davydov, ma

    That was an excellent statement by McCain about Obama. All Obama does are "eloquent but empty calls for change" and no substance whatsoever. I am surprised that there are still blind people out there that don't see through Obama for what he stands.

    February 20, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. john

    why dont you give up now

    February 20, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  10. dee

    Way to go Obama. I told you all that the wheels were falling off hillary's campaign wagon.

    February 20, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. william clark

    The news media, especially CNN, cannot give enough praise to Obama now. I believe they, as all news media ,are owned by rich capitalist who will do anything to keep the bush tax cuts which they enjoy so much.
    The media will turn on Obama as soon as he is nominated and do their best to help McCain get elected. So much for the liberal media. I really am disgusted by the best team in politics, so biased against Hillary. She is head and shoulders better qualified than the others. You have one guest for Hillary and everyone else against her. If she somehow gets elected I hope she shows you the same contempt.

    February 20, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  12. Jason

    James (who blogged earlier) I agree and this is one point I wanted to see made tonight in the primary coverage. We have seen this statistic reported in earlier primaries but tonight we have close to a million democrats (Obama + Clinton) Vs. around 350,000 of McCain + Huckabee that voted in the Wisconsin primary. If this is any indication of what is to come in November, McCain can forget about it.

    February 20, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. June (California Voter)

    We will have some very interesting debates with Obama and McCain.

    February 20, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  14. Steve25

    Sen. McCain is an honest American. he needs to at least slowdown or even evaluate his words towards Sen. Obama. He must learn from former president, Bill of what he has done to his wife's candidancy.

    February 20, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  15. AP

    Sorry; McCain is right. IF Obama wins the democratice nomination, I'm voting for McCain, regardless of my part affiliation. Obama can't talk to his plans to bring about the change he speaks of; that scares me. I will not vote for empty promises.

    February 20, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Sen. Clinton needs to stop worryin bout words and speeches. She keepin repeatin the same sad speach ova again. By the way she is attacking Obama, how do we know she won't try to attack the other countries to fight too, just like bush

    February 20, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  17. bridgette

    Clinton needs to stop worryin about obama speach. The way she's attackin Obama how do we know she won't attack other countries to start another war. Ya'll please vote Obama for 2008 Presidential Elections

    February 20, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  18. Cal

    Michael Guinn is correct, all the Hillary and Barack supporters BOTH need to chill and stop attacking each other, that is exactly what Bush, Rush, and McCain are all hoping, that the Democrats will just all slaughter each other off and they will not even have to do the dividing, just the conquering. If you really want no more right wing at the controls we all should just cool out. Either way the Dems ARE going to win this thing, as long as we don't all just clobber each other first...

    February 20, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  19. Chris in Houston

    Obama has done something. He has moved and entire electorate, energized a population, and moved me!!! That's the difference. HE MOVES ME!! So Hilliary, the states you lost somehow overnight became insignificant and I became insignicant, so me ME down here in Texas.


    February 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  20. sreejith

    Obama speak,walks,act like a president. America badly need person like him now

    February 20, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  21. caywen

    Ok, this isn't funny anymore. I used to make fun on Clinton when Obama won, but now I'm really beginning to feel sorry for Clinton. We should, from now on, give her our sympathy vote. At least a couple so that she can finish within 10 points of Obama. Don't make her cry again!

    February 20, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  22. Independent voting democrat

    McCaine, You should learn a lesson from Hillary's losses. Do you REALLY want to start wrongfully bashing Obama? Go right ahead, Americans want change and you have NO chance against Obama.

    February 20, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  23. marn melbourne

    Did Sen Obama campaign cry 'foul!' when Sen Clinton shed her election-eve tears in New Hampshire? Has Sen Obama nitpicked Sen Clinton's oratorial mannerisms? Has he made accusations that turn out to be false (Illinois nuclear legislation) . No he hasn't.

    Did he put his name on a Florida ballot when other candidates, in deference to the DNC, did not? No, he didn't.

    He is sticking to facts, issues and agreements. Sen. Clinton is not.

    February 20, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  24. Tommy

    come macain its ur turn next in nov

    February 20, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  25. Kiran, CA

    O.K. people, if you remove the John Macain face mask, (it shouldn't be hard to do) what do you see....OMG it's G Bush!!!

    February 20, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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