BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2008, 07:19 GMT
US rivals fight on after key day



John McCain campaigns on Super Tuesday
John McCain has wrapped up several winner-takes-all states

John McCain has forged ahead in his bid to win the US Republican presidential nomination with primary wins in several big states, according to projections.

For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton won Super Tuesday's biggest prize, California, US media said. However, rival Barack Obama was also doing well.

Meanwhile Republican outsider Mike Huckabee has done better than expected, with five apparent victories.

It is the biggest day yet in the race to choose presidential candidates.

In each state's primary or caucus, successful candidates are awarded delegates who formally choose the party's presidential nominee at the national convention in six months' time.

Overall, 42% of those delegates are being chosen in the 24 states voting on Super Tuesday.

Democrats

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
17 states, 1,592 delegates
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas
Barack ObamaBarack Obama
24 states, 1,723 delegates
Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, Wisconsin
2,025 delegates needed for nomination. Source AP (includes all kinds of delegates)
Q&A: US election delegates

Republicans

Mike HuckabeeMike Huckabee
8 states, 271 delegates
Campaign ended
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kansas, Louisiana
John McCainJohn McCain
20 states, 1,253 delegates
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, Wisconsin
Mitt RomneyMitt Romney
11 states, 251 delegates
Campaign suspended
Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah
1,191 delegates needed for nomination. Source: AP (includes all kinds of delegates)

Senator McCain, the Republican front-runner, has seized New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Connecticut, Delaware, and his home state of Arizona - in races where the winner takes all the delegates.

New York alone comes with 87 delegates to the Republican convention, while the others carry 205 between them.

Mr McCain is also projected to have won California, Illinois and Oklahoma.

The Democratic race was as tight as was forecast, although Mrs Clinton is ahead in the two biggest states.

In New York, with almost all the votes counted, she captured about 57% of votes to Mr Obama's 40%.

In California, with about a third of precincts counted, Mrs Clinton had won more than 50% of Democratic votes and Mr Obama about 37%.

But the Illinois senator took a greater number of states, including some in Mrs Clinton's north-eastern backyard.

In terms of delegates captured, Mrs Clinton was only marginally ahead under the Democrats' system of proportional distribution.

Momentum regained

Mr Obama seized the early momentum, taking Georgia and his home state of Illinois - both big states.

I think we must get used to the idea that we are the Republican Party front-runner... and I don't really mind it one bit
John McCain

Georgia, with a large African-American population, was expected to fall to him - but analysts picked up on the racial breakdown in the vote. In South Carolina last month, they noted, only 24% of white voters chose Mr Obama. In Georgia the figure was 43%, suggesting he may have broadened his appeal.

But Hillary Clinton's campaign brushed off the early defeat, saying: "Unlike the Obama campaign, the Clinton campaign never dedicated significant resources to Georgia."

Mrs Clinton then rebounded, with projected wins in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas - showing, her campaign team said, that she could win in "red", (traditionally Republican) states.

She then went on to take big-prize states.

Meanwhile Mr Obama added Utah, North Dakota, Alabama, Delaware, Connecticut, Kansas, Colorado and Minnesota.

The senator from Illinois told supporters: "We don't need the final results to know our time has come."

Exciting campaign

Millions of people have been voting from coast to coast.

After what has been widely seen as an exciting campaign so far, turnout was expected to be high.

WHAT IS SUPER TUESDAY?
24 states holding simultaneous contests to help decide the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations
About 40% of each party's delegates - who will choose the candidate - are up for grabs
Key states electing large numbers of delegates include California, New York and Illinois

However voters were forced to take shelter amid an outbreak of tornadoes across Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

At least seven people were killed in Arkansas and up to 30 were injured across the three states, the Associated Press news agency reported.

"It's been a wild night," said state emergency management spokesman Tommy Jackson. "A heck of a way to have elections in Arkansas."

Among Mr McCain's supporters at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, there was a mood of enormous optimism, said the BBC's David Willis.

"I think we must get used to the idea that we are the Republican Party front-runner for the presidency of the United States and I don't really mind it one bit," Mr McCain told them.

His main challenger had been seen as Mr Romney, who won his home state of Massachusetts, as well as Utah and Minnesota.

Hillary Clinton campaigns on Super Tuesday
Hillary Clinton fought back after early losses

However it was Mr Huckabee who took the first state to announce a result, West Virginia, and went on to confound the polls which had put him in a firm third.

Projections showed he won across the south, in Arkansas, where he used to be governor, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Mr Huckabee hailed his "wonderful, wonderful win here at home" in Arkansas, saying: "We are still on our feet and much to the amazement of many we are getting there folks, we are getting there."

Mr Romney said he was not about to drop out of the race. "This campaign's going on... We're going all the way to the White House," he told supporters in Massachusetts.

VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
The candidates react to the Super Tuesday results



Select from the list below to view state level results.



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific