Texas Governor George W. Bush yesterday looked all but certain to face Vice-President Al Gore in the race for the White House after both men scored thumping victories across the nation in the 16-state Super Tuesday nomination primaries. Mr Gore's landslide win over former senator Bill Bradley means he is virtually assured of the Democrat nomination, while Mr Bush's bigger than expected victory over Senator John McCain has left the populist outsider on the brink of defeat. Mr Bradley will pull out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination today, CNN reported yesterday. Mr Bradley lost all 16 Democratic primaries and caucuses to Vice President Al Gore, leaving him with no chance of the nomination. He acknowledged in a concession speech that he had lost the contest and Mr Gore had won. The stage is set for a race that pits the inclusive, wealthy but morally vague legacy of Bill Clinton against the 'kinder, gentler America' of George Bush Sr, the Republican he drove from office in 1992. 'Tonight, we have good news from sea to shining sea. We were challenged and we met the challenge,' a jubilant George W. Bush said after the biggest single primary event in US history, involving 13 million voters. 'We promised a national campaign. And, tonight, we have a national victory,' he said. 'Eight years is a long time and eight years is enough. We are ready, and I believe our country is ready, to return exiled honour to the White House.' His statement hinted at his probable campaign platform - character and dignity - in the fight with Mr Gore ahead of election day on November 7. The Vice-President will emphasise the wealth of the Clinton years and avoid lingering controversies over the administration. Mr Gore and Mr Bush are third-generation politicians, but offer markedly different styles. Both are backed by competent campaign advisers and an array of strategies. On Tuesday night, their confidence could be seen in interviews where they talked about the kind of themes - such as education and environment - that will receive great attention in November. Their comments also foreshadowed the combative race to come. Gone were the acid comments about their primary opponents that so recently passed their lips. Instead, on a night of victory, they competed for who best could sound the themes of inclusion and conciliation. Looking to November, a Wall Street Journal poll on Tuesday showed Mr Bush and Mr Gore tied with 46 per cent each, the first national poll in which Mr Gore has not trailed for more than a year. Mr Bush's Republican establishment credentials stood fast on Tuesday against the broad appeal of Senator McCain, a Vietnam War hero. Mr Bush won in California, New York, Georgia, Ohio, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Missouri, losing only in four small New England states. Senator McCain, at times visibly holding back an array of emotions, left Los Angeles for his Arizona cabin, saying he would be announcing a decision on the future of his campaign soon.