Clinton and McCain score California victories

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New York Senator Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic race in California on Super Tuesday. Arizona Senator John McCain is the projected winner in the California Republican primary Super Tuesday results over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

With 16 percent of precincts reporting in the California Democratic primary, Mrs Clinton leads over Mr Obama 55 per cent to 33 per cent. Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, no longer in the race, is in third with 10 pe rcent.

In the Republican California primary, Mr McCain leads over Mr Romney 44 per cent to 25 percent with 16 per cent of precincts reporting in. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is in third with 12 per cent of the vote. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who dropped out of the race, is in fourth with 10 per cent, followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul at 4 percent.

From the Democratic primary, 370 pledged delegates will be awarded proportionally to the presidential candidates based on voting results. Of the 370, 241 delegates will be allocated based on the results in the state’s 53 Congressional districts. The statewide voting results will determine the winner of 129 of the delegates. Seventy-one unpledged delegates will be selected on May 18 from among party leaders and elected representatives.

In the Republican primary, 170 pledged delegates and 3 unpledged delegates are up for grabs.

The Democratic primary in California was semi-closed, which means Independent voters could cast ballots in the race along with registered Democrats. The Republican contest was closed, meaning only registered Republicans could cast ballots.

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