McCain clinches presumptive nomination
After dominating Republican primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island, John McCain has finally clinched victory in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
"I am very, very grateful and pleased to note that tonight, my friends, we have won enough delegates to claim with confidence, humility and a great sense of responsibility, that I will be the Republican nominee for president of the United States," McCain announced.
And now that McCain finally has the 1,191 delegates needed to win the nomination -- and then some -- Mike Huckabee has finally bowed out of the race.
"We've kept the faith," Huckabee said. "And that for me has been the most important goal of all. I'd rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place."
"It's now important that we turn our attention not to what could have been or what we wanted to have been, but now what must be -- and that is a united party," he added.
With McCain all but assured the Republican nomination and all the remaining primaries before the GOP convention rendered little more than formalities, Americans can rest assured that the 2008 presidential election will be anything but dull.
Now McCain can focus on maintaining his momentum leading up to the beginning of the campaign -- although it'll prove to be an uphill battle considering that the still too-close-to-call contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will continue to claim the lion's share of media coverage.