Clinton and Obama split Super Tuesday

Clinton edges ahead after Super Tuesday elections

Hillary Clinton edged slightly ahead after Super Tuesday elections that mark the halfway point in a nail-biting contest with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hillary picked up most of the biggest states last night – her home state of New York, neighbouring New Jersey, and – the best prize of all – California.

She also picked up wins in Massachusetts, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas, where her husband and former president, Bill, was once governor.

But her fight with Barack for delegates is extremely tight – he was victorious in 11 states, scoring wins in Georgia and Alabama, as well as Kansas, Delaware, his home state of Illinois, North Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Connecticut and Missouri.

If there was no clear frontrunner in the democratic delegate race, the republican result was more definitive. John McCain secured a host of anticipated victories in early Super Tuesday contests across delegate-rich New York, Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey, before landing California – and setting himself firmly on course for the nomination.

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