ABC News’ Ron Claiborne Reports: In an utterly meaningless contest, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, R-Ariz., was coasting to victory in the Nebraska Republican primary.
With almost 40% of the vote counted, McCain had 88% of the tally. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who recently suspended his presidential quest, was second. McCain and Paul were the only two candidates on the ballot and neither has campaigned in Nebraska.
In the three prior GOP primaries, McCain had failed to reach the 80% mark despite having locked up the Republican nomination, raising questions about whether there was lingering resistance to his candidacy within his own party.
In the Indiana primary last week, McCain received 77% of the vote. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who left the race two months ago and has endorsed McCain, got 10%. Paul was third with 8%. In North Carolina, which held its primary the same day as Indiana, McCain got 74% of the vote to Huckabee’s 12% and Paul’s 7%.
In the April 22nd Pennsylvania primary, McCain got 73%, Paul 16% and Huckabee 11%. Afterward, McCain senior adviser Charles Black said that was "nothing unusual."