Obama sweeps three states including Washington - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Obama sweeps three states including Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. - Barack Obama has swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state. The Illinois senator also won caucuses in the Virgin Islands, completing his best night of the campaign.

Obama's winning margins were substantial, ranging from roughly two-thirds of the vote in Washington state and Nebraska to nearly 90 percent in the Virgin Islands. With returns counted from more than one-third of the Louisiana precincts, he was gaining 53 percent of the vote, to 39 percent for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In all, the Democrats are scrapping for 161 delegates in the night's contests. In initial allocations, Obama has won 31, Clinton 9.

In overall totals in The Associated Press count, Clinton has 1,064 delegates to 1,029 for Obama. A total of 2,025 is required to win the nomination.

On the Republican side, John McCain flunked his first ballot test since becoming the Republican nominee-in-waiting. He lost the Kansas caucuses to Mike Huckabee, who's picking up 36 delegates.

McCain has 719 delegates, compared with 234 for Huckabee and 14 for Ron Paul. It takes 1,191 to win the GOP nomination.

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