Herd for Obama
Environmental artist Stan Herd created a massive earthwork creation of presidential candidate Barack Obama in Dallas to coincide with the Texas primary.
The Obama earthwork is a rock, brick and mulch mosaic created near Obama's Dallas headquarters, in a lot within 10 blocks of downtown. Created with the help of students from a nearby high school, the circular image covers approximately a quarter-acre.
Herd has campaigned for Obama in Kansas.
Washington Hillary Rodham Clinton scored comeback primary wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island Tuesday night, denting Barack Obama's delegate lead in a riveting Democratic presidential race. Arizona Sen. John McCain, an unflinching supporter of the war in Iraq, clinched the Republican nomination.
Clinton's three triumphs ended a month of defeats for the former first lady, and she told jubilant supporters, "We're going on, we're going strong and we're going all the way."
Obama won the Vermont primary, and sought to counter Clinton's claims that the night had been a race-altering event. "We have nearly the same delegate lead as we did this morning and we are on our way to winning this nomination," he told supporters in Texas.
The two rivals also competed for support in caucuses in Texas that began 15 minutes after the state's primary polls closed.
Both Democrats called McCain - a Senate colleague - to congratulate him on his triumph in the Republican race.
The 71-year-old Arizona senator surpassed the 1,191 delegates needed to win his party's nomination, completing a remarkable comeback that began in the snows of New Hampshire eight weeks ago. President Bush invited him to lunch - and an endorsement - at the White House today.
"We are in Iraq, and our most vital security interests are involved there," said McCain at a victory celebration nearly a decade in the making.
McCain's last remaining major rival, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, conceded defeat after a campaign that included a stunning victory in the leadoff Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3. "My commitment to him and the party is to do everything possible to unite our party, but more important to unite our country so that we can be the best we can be," Huckabee said in Irving, Texas.
Clinton won the Rhode Island primary with more than 58 percent of the vote.
But Ohio and Texas were the big trophies of the night, rich in delegates and - according to Bill Clinton - must-win states for his wife.
Her share of the Ohio vote was 55 percent in nearly complete returns, and she was winning nearly 51 percent in Texas.
Obama was gaining roughly 60 percent of the Vermont vote.
In the four-state competition for delegates, Clinton picked up at least 100, to at least 77 for Obama. Nearly 200 more remained to be allocated for the night, 163 of them in the Texas primary and caucuses.
Obama had a total of 1,466 delegates, including separately chosen party and elected officials known as superdelegates, according to the Associated Press count. He picked up three superdelegate endorsements Tuesday,
Clinton had 1,376 delegates. It takes 2,025 to win the nomination.
Clinton and Obama spent most of the past two weeks in Ohio and Texas in a costly, bruising campaign, with the former first lady questioning his sincerity in opposing NAFTA and questioning his readiness to serve as commander in chief.
Polling place interviews with voters in both states suggested the criticism hit home, showing Clinton was winning the votes of late deciders in Ohio and Texas, as well as Vermont.
Hispanics, a group that has favored Clinton in earlier primaries, cast nearly one-third of the Election Day votes in Texas, up from about one- quarter of the ballots four years ago, according to interviews with voters as they left their polling places. Blacks, who have voted heavily for Obama this year, accounted for roughly 20 percent of the votes cast, roughly the same as four years ago.
The economy was the No. 1 concern on the minds of Democratic voters in Texas, Rhode Island and especially in Ohio. But in Vermont, almost as many voters said the war in Iraq was their top concern.