With wins in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island on March 4th, John McCain has secured enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. Mike Huckabee dropped out of the race after McCain gained the 1,191 delegates needed to claim the Republican nomination.
John McCain started the Republican primary as the front runner, but began to drop in the polls before the first vote had been cast. McCain won the New Hampshire primary, the second state to vote in the presidential campaign, and has been racking up delegates since then.
The Republicans have now selected their nominee and can begin to prepare for the general election in November, while the Democratic race continues with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton battling for the delegates needed to secure the nomination.
Republican Primary Map from the New York Times