Clinton wins NJ Dem. primary; McCain wins GOP contest

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) won the New Jersey Democratic presidential primary Tuesday while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took the Republican contest.

Clinton edged past Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to win the primary. She fended off a tough challenge from the Illinois senator that intensified in the final days of the campaign.

An exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks shows white women favoring Clinton, while blacks overwhelming chose Obama.

Clinton, however, had a 3-2 edge among Democrats who said they were Hispanic or Latino.

At stake for the Democrats are 107 of 127 total delegates, which will be awarded proportionally.

Meanwhile, in winning New Jersey, McCain grabbed support from party moderates. He seized on an early exit by the one-time favorite, New Yorker Rudy Giuliani.

McCain picks up all 52 of New Jersey's Republican delegates.

"Tonight the Republican voters of New Jersey have said John McCain is the best candidate to win in November and best able to be a great president on day one," said state Sen. Bill Baroni, McCain's New Jersey campaign chairman.

New Jersey joined 23 other states holding primaries or caucuses Tuesday. New Jersey residents who voted Tuesday had their first shot in decades to influence their party's nomination for president because the state moved its primary from June to February.

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AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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