John McCain officially clinched the Republican nomination for president tonight, the Washington Post reports. Mike Huckabee conceded after McCain racked up easy wins in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island to surpass the necessary number of delegates—1,191. He is expected to go to the White House tomorrow to collect an endorsement from President Bush.
"I have never believed I was destined be president," said McCain, whose campaign was all but dead last summer. "I don't believe anyone is pre-destined to lead America. But I do believe we are born with responsibilities to the country that has protected our God-given rights." Huckabee congratulated McCain, calling him an "honorable man" and pledging to help unite the party behind him.