WASHINGTON — President Bush clinched the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday, more than three months before the August convention, assuring his success with a sweep of Maine's delegates.
Bush also was expected to add eight more delegates in Wyoming later on Saturday.
"We did in fact beat out Wyoming, and Maine is putting George Bush over the top," a smiling Gov. John R. McKernan Jr. told cheering delegates to the Republican State Convention in Augusta.
Democratic front-runner Bill Clinton faces another month of campaigning to win enough delegates to guarantee him the party's nomination.
In Maine on Saturday, Bush won all of the state's 22 delegates to the national GOP convention. That gave him a total of 1,114 delegates, nine more than needed to assure nomination, according to an Associated Press count.