Obama wins Vermont primary; McCain takes nomination; Huckabee to drop out
MONTPELIER, Vt. - John McCain is a step closer to being on the ballot in November.
The Arizona senator has clinched the Republican presidential nomination.
McCain gained the 1,191 delegates needed to claim his party's nod with a series of primary victories, completing a remarkable comeback. Rival Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, conceded defeat and has vowed to help unify Republicans.
McCain went over the top in the Associated Press' delegate count based on his performance in the night's primaries in Vermont, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas. President Bush has invited McCain to the White House tomorrow for a show of support.
In the Democratic race, Barack Obama won Vermont for his 12th straight victory over Hillary Clinton. But Clinton has broken Obama's string by winning the Democratic primary in Rhode Island.
Obama has taken an early lead in Texas based almost entirely on a record outpouring of votes cast before primary day.