AP reports McCain winning the primaries in New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut and Delaware.
HuffPost's Jason Linkins give his take on the political power play the McCain-Huckabee alliance ran on Romney.
Conservatives are cheering for a Romney victory over McCain in California. Romney has surged in the polls recently, and an upset victory over McCain in California would give a much needed boost to Romney's campaign (Via Washington Whispers):
Mitt Romney's surge over John McCain in the California polls exactly as Golden State voters are picking between the two has conservatives hopeful that they might be able to hold back a McCain wave tonight.
"If Mitt can win California, then we will be able to keep McCain at bay for a while more," says an influential Washington-based conservative activist. "It's all about stopping McCain now."
McCain has been projected as the big Super Tuesday winner, but a major upset in delegate-rich California by Romney would likely keep the GOP race going a little longer. It would also force McCain into even more wooing of conservatives, a topic of discussing in Washington as this week's Conservative Political Action Conference nears. All eyes in the conservative movement are on McCain as he prepares to finally address CPAC this week. While the hardliners appear firmly against a McCain nomination, others are open to listening to his claims that he is one of them.
Romney's campaign is not happy with how they lost the West Virginia to Huckabee. Romney's campaign manager Beth Myers released this statement:
Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain's inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney's campaign of conservative change.
"Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today's first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.
McCain lost the GOP convention in West Virginia, but he can take heart that his supporters were the reason Huckabee won and not Romney. The McCain-Huckabee alliance is alive and well (Via NY Observer):
Romney targeted West Virginia, where a vote of the 1,100 delegates at the state G.O.P. convention determines which presidential candidate will receive all 18 of West Virginia's delegates to the national convention.
On the first ballot, Romney led with 41 percent to Huckabee's 33 percent, with McCain in third place. But in the second round of voting, most of McCain's supporters went to Huckabee, handing the former Arkansas governor a 52-47 percent victory over Romney.
Rolling Stone reports that John Mellencamp has asked McCain to stop using his song "Our Country" at campaign rallies:
At some recent John McCain campaign rallies, John Mellencamp's "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" have been booming out over the speakers. Uplifting heartland rock must have seemed like a smart pick, but there's just one problem: Mellencamp is an ardent Democrat. And, until recently, he supported John Edwards - who had been playing "Our Country" and "Small Town" at his rallies. Mellencamp hasn't yet made a public response, but his reps are quietly reaching out to McCain and asking him to stop playing his tunes. (McCain's press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)
McCain snags the American Apparel endorsement. We're hoping he doesn't make it onto one of their huge Soho billboards.
Looking to the future, John McCain is now looking to continue his campaign without the public funds which were enabled in large part because of his efforts at campaign reform in the Senate.
John McCain will be in New York and San Diego before returning to his home state of Arizona today. Click here to see where the other candidates will be.
Even as Super Tuesday begins, John McCain is working to quiet the dissent from the far-right media that has been lambasting the senator since his New Hampshire resurgence. He's got a long way to go: Rush Limbaugh committed an entire show yesterday to attacking McCain.
Romney and McCain are recycling George Bush's successful "windsurfing flip-flopping" ads used against John Kerry, each hoping to paint their opponent as too liberal to lead the GOP. Photoshop + dearth of creativity = mildly amusing web videos.