NBC: McCain, Obama Win Missouri And Illinois Primaries
9:18 PM, Feb 6, 2008
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- After handing Missouri to Senator Hillary Clinton, the Associated Press took back its decision. Now, NBC news is declaring Senator Barack Obama the winner in Missouri. Senator John McCain was declared the winner on the Republican side.
In Illinois, McCain and Obama were the winners.
Barack Obama used his favorite son status and a message of change to thump Hillary Rodham Clinton in Illinois -- a rich Super Tuesday prize that used to be the heart of Clinton country. John McCain defeated Mitt Romney on the Republican side.
Obama, an Illinois senator, beat Clinton in practically every category Tuesday, according to exit polling for The Associated Press and the networks. Whether voters were male or female, old or young, worried about the economy or angry over Iraq, Obama came out ahead. Only among those older than 65 did Clinton manage to split the vote.
Obama's victory was no surprise, and Clinton -- the New York senator who grew up in suburban Park Ridge -- spent almost no money contesting the state.
On the Republican side, McCain, a senator from Arizona, won GOP voters who have a long track record of favoring moderate candidates. He beat Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, among
both Bush supporters and critics, while splitting conservatives' votes and winning handily among moderates.