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What Happened on Super Tuesday

Headline: Democratic Race Not Over, Plus Republican Surprises!

Now that the dust has settled from yesterday's primaries, the real work can begin — figuring out what to make of all results! Here's what I'm noticing so far:

  • In what I'm calling the "Wild West Stampede to the Center," it looks like states that usually vote Blue in the general election went for McCain last night (California, Illinois, New York) while Obama nabbed Red States (Alabama, Georgia, North Dakota). Does this mean that Democrats are more liberal in conservative states and vice versa? Or does it mean that we're hungrier for a middle ground than we think?
  • Obama took more total states, while Hillary grabbed more delegates. In a race of numbers, which counts more toward momentum? Are people so glad that their vote has an impact in this primary that they're eager to keep the race alive? If the decision does go all the way to convention, how will the sharply divided Democratic party gather strongly behind the eventual candidate?
  • Huckabee? Huckabee! Regardless of the perceived popularity of his campaign, he's running a wildly successful campaign against those in the media who were too quick to declare him DOA. Mitt Romney's bottomless campaign wallet and Huckabee's shoestring fueled talk of a two-man race between Romney and McCain, dismissing Huckabee altogether. Huckabee claimed about as many states as Romney did last night, sending Romney into intense discussions about the future of his campaign. As Huck said last night, "You know, over the past few days, people have been trying to say this is a two-man race. You know what? It is. And we're in it!" Was the biggest loser last night the media? Are conservative voters not sold on Mitt Romney?

However your candidate fared yesterday, it was a big victory for voters! Turnout was up — and we've got a lot of campaign left!


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Buffy2103 Buffy2103 9 years
I would NOT consider Obama middle of the road. In fact, he is much farther left than even Hillary. He may appeal to both Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives, however this is less because of his views and voting record and more as of a result of his powerful rhetoric and charisma.
lcterp lcterp 9 years
I'm not sick of the campaign at all. It's refreshing to see people actually interested and voters coming out in record numbers, whether it be for either side. It's such a fierce race for so many reasons, including two major minority candidates for the first time and the fact that the GOP has to work really hard to, in a sense, distance themselves from the current administration yet remain true to government. And Huckabee!!! That's nuts, I would love to see a McCain/Huckabee ticket though...
Daisie Daisie 9 years
What would really make a difference is if we based who becomes the candidate or next Prez on actual number of votes..not delegates!!!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
That is inspiring news, Juju!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
That is so exciting juju! Thanks to ms_mags for the link.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I heard that over all, there were 10 million democratic ballots cast, and 6 million republican ballots cast. As a democrat, this makes me extremely happy. :-)
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Still have love for Mitt!
ms_mags ms_mags 9 years
According to, Barack Obama claimed more delegates than Hillary Clinton (908 to 884). You can check the article for yourself:
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I wonder how the Double Bubble issue in California will turn out.
redegg redegg 9 years
Romney's national press secretary is hot! :drool: I can't help but say that.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i don't know how much of the campaigning i can take. i'm already sick of it.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I think the country is finally waking up and realizing the neo-conservativism is a detriment to a civilized society.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I don't think Romney's wife has ever looked happy during this entire campaign.. poor woman.
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