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Super Tuesday: The Ties That Bind

Posted on 2/8/2008 11:27:00 AM

Having finished so close in the polls after Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are still racing to gain valuable votes. Clinton had managed to win over several big states with a total of eight states to her name with the support of 782 delegates on Super Tuesday. Obama meanwhile won 13 states, securing 757 delegates and ensuring that he did not trail too far behind. Both candidates emphasized the fact that there were still many fights to win before an actual winner could emerge. It is interesting to note that both candidates felt that they had an edge over the other coming out of Super Tuesday. In the Republican Party John McCain was the clear winner overall.

Clinton commented on how the campaign race was heating up by saying that it was going to be a mad dash for Tuesday. She faces six more contests spread over four days starting beginning on Saturday. The states that both candidates will be competing for include Louisiana, Nebraska, and Washington State. On 12 February, primaries will be held in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. Clinton expressed her joy in winning over the delegates of New York and California who were crucial in giving her an added lead over Obama.

The democratic candidates are shifting their focus to super delegates. These are delegates who have the power to decide for themselves which candidate to vote for in the upcoming presidential convention. These candidates are not obliged to vote for the candidates that their state voters have elected.

John McCain who has forged ahead in the Republican race widened the gap between him and his rivals, coming out of Super Tuesday. McCain called for unity within the party after having won a total of nine states and 605 delegates. The results were a serious blow to McCain’s closest competitor Mitt Romney. However both of McCain’s rivals, Romney and Huckabee vow to carry on their fight. McCain is facing a lack of support from conservatives in his own party. There are key conservative figures that refuse to vote for McCain if he wins the nomination and moves on to the presidential race.

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