Clinton wins N.Y. over Obama; McCain wins for GOP

SHEEPSHEAD BAY - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) took a decisive win across her home state on Super Tuesday, but she barely beat Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in Brooklyn.

According to local election officials, Clinton received 131,000 votes in the borough, or about 50 percent. Obama claimed nearly 127,000 votes in Brooklyn, or about 48 percent.

Clinton claimed about 57 percent of the statewide vote next to Obama's 40 percent. However, New York allocates Democratic presidential delegates by percentage at the nominating convention rather than a winner-takes-all system.

Obama won 13 states on Super Tuesday, compared to Clinton's eight and American Samoa. She led Obama in the delegate count as of Wednesday morning.

Obama said Wednesday that Republicans will have a "dump truck full of dirt" to unload on Clinton if the former first lady wins the nomination. He maintained that he is the party's best hope of winning the White House.The Democratic contenders have upcoming primaries and caucuses in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) claimed 51 percent of the vote in the state of New York, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) received 28 percent and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) claimed 11 percent statewide.

For Super Tuesday speeches from the top five candidates, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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