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Obama, McCain sweep Potomac primaries

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- While Sen. John McCain was inching toward the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama staked a claim as the Democratic front-runner.

Obama's wins in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia primaries propelled him past Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for delegates.

According to CNN calculations, Obama has 1,215 delegates to Clinton's 1,190.

To clinch the Democratic nomination, a candidate must get 2,025 delegates.

Obama had led in pledged delegates, but Clinton had held the lead when superdelegates were factored in.

Superdelegates, a group of almost 800 Democratic Party officials and leaders, are not required to make their votes public and are free to change their minds.

The Illinois senator has now won eight consecutive contests.

McCain, the presumptive nominee for the Republican party, has 812 delegates to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 217, according to CNN estimates. interactive.gifSee CNN's political team analyze Tuesday's results »

A GOP candidate needs 1,191 delegates to secure the nomination.

:nono: I think its a huge mistake to put someone lacking foreign policy experience in the white house.


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If it were up to me the Democrats front runner would be Mike Gravel.

As for McCain most Republican Party is still pro war. If they were to switch right now it would most likely be for Huckabee.


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