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Last Updated: Wednesday March 05 2008 10:43 GMT

US president candidate selected

John McCain

One of the big political parties in America has chosen who it wants to put forward for the job of president.

Arizona senator John McCain will be the Republican candidate after the support he has received led his closest rival Mike Huckabee to stand aside.

New York senator Hillary Clinton and Illinois senator Barack Obama are still battling to represent the Democrats.

The presidential candidates are decided in a series of votes - called primaries - which take place across the country.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

After Mr McCain scored victories in Vermont, Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island, Mr Huckabee decided to drop out of the contest and pledge his support to his former rival.

Race

Mr Obama is currently leading the race to become the Democrat candidate.

But Mrs Clinton is hoping to give him a good fight after winning the vote for her party in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, with Mr Obama taking the Vermont vote.

The election takes place in November.



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