Clinton wins Ohio as McCain claims Republican mantle

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 4, 2008 (AFP) – Democrat Hillary Clinton vowed to fight all the way to the White House after she checked rival Barack Obama’s momentum in Ohio, while Senator John McCain captured the Republican mantle Tuesday. US networks projected the former first lady would take the economically scarred state of Ohio, but said Texas remained too close to call as controversy engulfed voting in the Lone Star state.

“You know what they say — as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Well, this nation’s coming back and so is this campaign,” Clinton, 60, told her adoring supporters as confetti rained down on her victory rally here.

“The people of Ohio have said it loudly and clearly, we’re going on. We’re going strong. And we’re going all the way!” she said, hammering Obama as too inexperienced to confront national security and economic crises.

However, Obama’s campaign had stressed that whatever the final outcome of “Super Tuesday II,” Clinton faces an uphill battle to overhaul his lead among the Democratic delegates who will choose the party’s presidential candidate.

With more than half the precincts reporting their results in Ohio, Clinton enjoyed a commanding lead over Obama of 58 percent to 41. In the Texas prima