Democrats neck and neck after Super Tuesday

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While Democratic votes were split almost down the middle with Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hilary Clinton on Super Tuesday, Sen. John McCain widened the gap between him and Sen. Mitt Romney to secure his spot as front-runner for the GOP nomination. After a day of speeches and polling, Clinton took home most of the bigger states Tuesday including California, earning her the much-needed 370 delegates. Obama evened things up as he claimed victories in many of the southern states. Tuesday’s results revealed Obama trailing Clinton 582-562 delegates and putting Clinton in the lead overall with 1,045 delegates to Obama’s 960. It takes 2,025 delegates to take the nomination.An endorsement from former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the states of Connecticut and New Jersey made it easy for McCain to surge ahead of the remaining presidential candidates. According to Associated Press counts, McCain holds 707 of the 1,191 delegates needed to hold the nomination. Although a large margin separates Huckabee from McCain, Huckabee announced Tuesday that he will not drop out of the race. The next primaries and caucuses will be held Feb. 9 in Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington.