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Senators John Edwards (left) and John Kerry at Super Tuesday campaign rallies.
The so-called "Super Tuesday" featured 10 states choosing their presidential candidates, with more than 1,100 delegates at stake. Sen. John Kerry made a near-sweep of the contests, losing only in Vermont as he took away any hopes Sen. John Edwards had of mounting a challenge to the Democratic frontrunner.
The Vermont race supplied one of the few surprises on a day when everything went according to Kerry's plan. The state's voters chose their former governor, Howard Dean, who had dropped out of the running weeks beforehand.
Edwards, seeking momentum from states like Georgia and delegate-rich Ohio that were hard-hit by the nation's recession, was able to muster some support, but not enough to threaten Kerry. The North Carolina senator cancelled a planned trip to Dallas Tuesday night, instead returning to Raleigh, N.C., to announce the end of his campaign.
Kerry and Edwards had kind words for one another as they addressed their supporters, pledging to work together to offer a united front when the Democratic nominee faces President George Bush.