By Angela Cave
After a minute of shrieking over Sen. Hillary Clinton's primary win in her adopted state of New York, Syracuse campaign volunteers stole away to call voters--the polls were still open in California.
About 10 volunteers gathered around a small television set and a tray of ziti in the basement of campaign headquarters on Burnet Ave. Tuesday night to watch their work culminate.
"This really is alive," said Denise Williams-Harris, coordinator of the group, after learning of the New York victory. "I think it's given her unbelievable stamina She can just press on to the White House."
As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Clinton had taken five other states, according to the New York Times.
"Whether she wins or not, it's a fantastic moment in the history of the United States," said Jayne Humbert, who made 500 campaign calls in the days leading up to Super Tuesday.
Sen. Barack Obama had taken eight states as of 11:30 p.m.
"Barack's a nice guy, but I just don't think he's ready to step up to the plate," said Clinton volunteer Dawn VanDresar, pointing to her "Making History" T-shirt.
Clinton's margin of victory in New York--17 percent--was not surprising, according to Danny Hayes, a political science professor at Syracuse University.
"She's popular, but she's not overwhelmingly popular in New York," Hayes said.
But there were a few surprises on the Republican side, he said--one being the southern-state victories of Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.
"It might keep him in the race a little longer," Hayes said.
Hayes also said he expected Arizona Sen. John McCain's 50 percent win in New York would be higher.
"He's probably the salt choice for a lot of New Yorkers," he said. "He's in many ways the national choice once Giuliani was gone."
In the end, Democrats required 2,025 delegates to nominate, while Republicans needed 1,191, according to centerforpolitics.org. More than 40 percent of all Democratic and Republican delegates were elected on Tuesday.