Posted: February 5, 2008 9:38 PM
McCain Takes New York Delegate Jackpot
Arizona Sen. John McCain triumphed in New York, where he was expected to do well with independents and Republicans who might have voted for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who dropped out of the race last week and endorsed McCain.
New York is a big, though not surprising, win for McCain, giving him 101 delegates in one swoop. McCain was at Rockefeller Plaza for a rally earlier today and promised to win the state today and in the general election.
“We are going to campaign all over this magnificent state, and we’re not going to give it up for anybody,” he said, referring to the general election. “We won’t write off anywhere. We’re not going to give in to the enemy.”
The win rounded out McCain’s domination of the Northeast contests of the day, with only Massachusetts going to its former governor, Mitt Romney.
“It seems that Republican voters are starting to fall in line behind McCain,” the Atlanta Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker told the NewsHour after reviewing the night’s results so far. “I think he is beginning to take on the auro…of inevitability.