- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. John McCain won a string of primaries along the East Coast and in Illinois Tuesday night, reaching for command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama swapped victories in a grueling national struggle for delegates.

McCain, whose campaign nearly unraveled six months ago, won in New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, gaining all 97 delegates at stake in the three states combined. He also secured Illinois for his column.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won in Alabama and his home state. He also triumphed in the Republican West Virginia convention.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, won a home state victory.

Clinton, seeking to become the first female president, won at home in New York as well as in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas, where she was first lady for more than a decade.

Obama, hoping to become the first black president, won in Georgia and Delaware as well as his home state of Illinois.

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