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Obama, Huckabee win Saturday presidential nominee races
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16:00, February 10, 2008

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama prevailed in all of the four primaries and caucuses on Saturday, a big boost to his campaign to win over the edge in the presidential nominee races.

Republican No. 2, Mike Huckabee also swept the three primaries and caucuses in the first round of the post-Super Tuesday races, and only had two percentage points in the Washington caucuses behind his rival, John McCain.

Obama, the Illinois senator, completed the triumph with his win of Louisiana at 53 percent, while New York Senator Hillary Clinton gained 39 percent.

In Nebraska, Obama led Clinton by 68 percent to 32 percent. He also led the New York senator with a similar edge in Washington state with 68 percent, 31 percentage points ahead of Clinton's supporting rate.

An overwhelming win was recorded by Obama in Virgin Islands at over 90 percent.

"The stakes are too high and the challenges are too great to play the same old Washington game with same old Washington players and expect a different result," Obama told a Democratic gathering on Saturday night in Virginia, "People want to turn the page. They want to write a new chapter in American history."

CNN exit polls in Louisiana, the most important battlefield on Saturday, showed that Obama dominated in the African-American votes with 82 percent of the total, but he was beaten by Clinton in the popularity among white voters by 26 percent to 70 percent.

Obama retained his huge influence in the young educated voters, winning 57 percent of Louisiana college students' votes, according to the polls.

In the badly-hit state by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, among the 15 percent of voters who said had been affected by the disaster and yet to recover, 58 percent supported Obama while 39 percent preferred Clinton. For those who said they had recovered, Obama had a smaller margin over Clinton of 11 percentage points.

On the Republican side, Saturday was considered as Huckabee's day for his victories in Kansas and Louisiana.

"People across America are gravitating toward our campaign and realizing that there is still a choice. And that's what we've said all along, that this race is far from being over," the former Arkansas governor said after his lead in the two states.

Huckabee slightly led McCain in Louisiana by 44 percent to 42 percent. Earlier in the day, he took away all of the 36 delegates with his 60 percent, compared to McCain's 24 percent.

Source: Xinhua



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