McCain, Clinton Win Florida
No surprises in Florida:
MIAMI — Senator John McCain edged out Mitt Romney to win the delegate-rich Florida primary on Tuesday night, solidifying his transformation from left-for-dead candidate to a front-runner and dealing a devastating blow to the presidential hopes of Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose distant finish here threatened to doom his candidacy.With Clinton taking 50% of doesn't-really-count Florida vote and with no surprises on the Republican side, the network news focused on Giuliani's potential as a McCain running mate. They took special note that Giuliani's recent campaigning has included no disparagement of his fellow Republicans. He is expected to endorse McCain at a Republican debate in California on Wednesday.
Mr. McCain’s narrow victory showed he could win in a state where only Republicans were allowed to vote — not just in states like New Hampshire and South Carolina, where his earlier victories were fueled in part by independent voters. And in Florida, even a slim victory is sweet: the state awards its 57 delegates, the most of any contest yet, on a winner-take-all basis.
With 90 percent of the precincts reporting, Mr. McCain had 36 percent of the vote, Mr. Romney 31 percent, Mr. Giuliani 15 percent and Mike Huckabee 13 percent.