The Democratic race is still very much in doubt, but momentum seems to be with Barack Obama. The next big test is March 4th with delegates in two key states Ohio and Texas at stake. These states both have large blocks of delegates. Should either Clinton or Obama win both of these it might decide the race. Here are the delegate standings to date from CNN Election central,
Hillary Clinton: Pledged 977, Superdelegates 234 for Total 1211
Barack Obama: Pledged 1096, Superdelegates 15 for Total 1253
Needed to Win Nomination: 2,025 (Superdelegates votes mean more than regular delegates. They could actually overrule the regular delegates. They are usually senators, congressmen, or other elected officials.) This is an extremely close race. There is a very strong possibility that the nominee will not be selected until the party convention.
For the Republicans it is very different. Senator John McCain is virtually assured of the nomination. It is only a matter of time. Here are the standings from CNN Election central,
John McCain: 801, unpledged 26 for total of 827
Mitt Romney: 286, unpledged 0 for total of 286 (Romney is now out, but has not endorsed any candidate.)
Mike Huckabee: 214, unpledged 3 for total of 217
Ron Paul: 16, unpledged 0 for total of 16
Needed to Win Nomination 1191. The Republicans do not have Superdelegates. Senator McCain’s lead is insurmountable now. He will be the nominee. He only has to select a vice presidential running mate. This will likely not be done until the convention, or until Huckabee and the others officially drop out of the race.
History will be made in Election 2008. One of the following will be historic,
1) John McCain will become the oldest person to ever become president. McCain would be 73 years of age when inaugurated January 20, 2009 if elected.
2) Barack Obama will become the first African-American president if elected.
3) Hillary Clinton will become the first female president if elected. She would also become the first spouse of a former president to become president.
Someone recently said to me the race was boring. Far from it in my opinion.