February 12, 2008
Senator John McCain took another step toward securing his Republican nomination by winning Virginia Tuesday.
McCain and Mike Huckabee struggled over 116 delegates in the GOP primaries in the so-called Potomac Primary contests.
In Virginia, nearly seven in 10 voters in the Republican primary called themselves conservatives, and Huckabee was gaining half their votes in a strong challenge to the party's front-runner.
McCain now has a sizeable lead against Republican Mike Huckabee who says he will stay in the race until he is mathematically eliminated. Huckabee was hoping that his message as the conservative alternative would help him with evangelicals in Virginia.
McCain will now most likely be the Republican nominee but who he may face in a general election remains to be seen as the Democratic race is much closer.