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Live Blog: Ohio Primary

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6:30 p.m. NBC News, Fox News, and CNN have all called the GOP race in Ohio for John McCain and characterize the Democratic race as "competitive" or "too close to call."

8:13 p.m. Democratic (2% reporting)
Clinton = 58%
Obama = 40%

8:13 p.m. Republican (2% reporting)
McCain = 61%
Huckabee = 30%
Paul = 5%

8:30 p.m. Democratic (7% reporting)
Clinton = 59%
Obama = 39%

8:30 p.m. Republican (6% reporting)
McCain = 59%
Huckabee = 32%
Paul = 5%

8:31 p.m. With Obama leading in states won, pledged delegates, and total votes cast, the media has rightly characterized Ohio as a must-win victory for Clinton. The tone of the coverage suggests she will the Buckeye State tonight, so the big story is presented as taking place in the Lone Star State.

8:40 p.m. Democratic (14% reporting)
Clinton = 60%
Obama = 38%

8:40 p.m. Republican (13% reporting)
McCain = 58%
Huckabee = 33%
Paul = 4%

8:50 p.m. Democratic (19% reporting)
Clinton = 59%
Obama = 39%

8:50 p.m. Republican (18% reporting)
McCain = 58%
Huckabee = 33%
Paul = 5%

9:05 p.m. Democratic (28% reporting)
Clinton = 57%
Obama = 41%

9:05 p.m. Republican (24% reporting)
McCain = 60%
Huckabee = 31%
Paul = 5%

9:06 p.m. A very small percentage of votes have currently been tallied in the counties in which Obama is expected to perform well (e.g. Cuyahoga (Cleveland) and Hamilton (Cincinnati)).

9:20 p.m. Democratic (36% reporting)
Clinton = 57%
Obama = 41%

9:20 p.m. Republican (33% reporting)
McCain = 59%
Huckabee = 31%
Paul = 5%

9:30 p.m. Democratic (43% reporting)
Clinton = 57%
Obama = 41%

9:30 p.m. Republican (39% reporting)
McCain = 59%
Huckabee = 31%
Paul = 5%

9:41 p.m. The media, of course, wants the big story and, tonight, the big story would be a Clinton 'comeback' victory in Ohio and Texas. (The great story, on previous Tuesday nights, was Obama dethroning the 'inevitable' Clinton).

9:45 p.m. Democratic (51% reporting)
Clinton = 57%
Obama = 41%

9:45 p.m. Republican (48% reporting)
McCain = 59%
Huckabee = 32%
Paul = 5%

9:53 p.m. NBC News has just called the state of Ohio for Hillary Clinton.

9:56 p.m. CNN has now called the state of Ohio for Clinton.

10:05 p.m. Democratic (56% reporting)
Clinton = 58%
Obama = 40%

10:05 p.m. Republican (53% reporting)
McCain = 59%
Huckabee = 32%
Paul = 5%

11:03 p.m. Democratic (78% reporting)
Clinton = 56%
Obama = 42%

11:03 p.m. Republican (76% reporting)
McCain = 59%
Huckabee = 31%
Paul = 5%

11:10 p.m. Hillary Clinton has now won 13 states. Seven of these states were carried by George W. Bush in 2004, and 6 were carried by John Kerry. Obama has won 14 'red' states and 10 'blue' states, plus the blue District of Columbia.

12:00 a.m. Democratic (88% reporting)
Clinton = 55%
Obama = 43%

12:00 a.m. Republican (88% reporting)
McCain = 60%
Huckabee = 31%
Paul = 5%

9:18 a.m. Democratic (99% reporting)
Clinton = 54%
Obama = 44%

9:18 a.m. Republican (99% reporting)
McCain = 60%
Huckabee = 31%
Paul = 5%

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