A Good Sign for McCain

Mar 4, 2008 5:55pm

ABC News’ Ron Claiborne and Bret Hovell Report: The campaign of Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., is feeling confident. At McCain’s election night party location in Dallas, TX, hundreds of red, white and blue balloons are being hung from the rafters in anticipation of victory tonight. Perhaps more telling is the huge banner perched in the bleachers on the right side of the stage that reads "1191" in big bold letters. That, of course, is the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination. The campaign has counted their delegate numbers in such a way that all but guarantees that they’ll hit the mark tonight. McCain adviser Charlie Black says they are guessing McCain’s Republican rival, Governor Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., will only get approximately 30 delegates in Texas out of the 137 in play. McCain’s campaign expects him to capture winner-take-all Vermont and do very well in Ohio and Rhode Island as well. McCain has 986 delegates right now according to ABC News’ count. That means he needs 205 to put him over the top – roughly four-fifths of the delegates up for grabs tonight. However it goes down, that sign is pretty clear – the McCain campaign thinks they’re wrapping this race up tonight.

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