Here’s an update on the 2008 race for the White House. Super Tuesday, February 5th is fast approaching and will make the race clearer or cloudier. Over 20 States are holding primaries or caucuses with large numbers of delegates at stake for the candidates of both parties.
On the Democratic side there are now only two candidates left, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. John Edwards has left the race as of today. All other candidates are out. Edwards managed to win 62 delegates and it will be interesting to see which candidate he now throws his support behind. John Edwards might make an attractive vice presidential running mate for either Hillary or Barack. This even though he was John Kerry’s running mate in the 2004 election. The present delegate standing according to CNN is:
Hillary Clinton – 232
Barack Obama – 158
For the Republicans it is a much tighter race and no-one has emerged as the dominating front-runner. Realistically there are now only two contenders, John McCain and Mitt Romney. The delegate count from CNN is:
John McCain – 97
Mitt Romney – 74
Mike Huckabee – 29
Ron Paul – 6
The remainder of the candidates are either out of the race or have no delegates. Rudolph Giuliani is the latest to drop out of the race.
To win the nomination the magic numbers are, Democratic 2,025, and Republican 1,191. The question in the minds of political pundits is, will the nomination battle take place at the conventions, or will the nominee be decided prior to the conventions this summer? Super Tuesday will go a long way in deciding the nominations.