hype leading up to Super Tuesday was of near hysterical proportions on
both sides of the aisle. A few expectations were upheld, but there were
surprises too. Let’s take a look at what happened, and what we have to
look forward to.
expected by many in the media, John McCain walked away with the
majority of the delegates, garnering well over half of those available
last night. His main rival, Mitt Romney, had what is described as a
disappointing evening – although he came in ahead of Mike Huckabee, who
ended up winning more states, and thus more delegates, than anyone
expected. Some conservatives cried foul after the upset in the West
Virginia caucuses (claiming that there was a back room deal made
between the McCain and Huckabee camps in order to keep Romney from
winning that state), but there is nothing to substantiate that claim.
One of the biggest states at stake was California,
and while McCain won that state – it’s not a winner take all state, the
delegates have yet to be divvied up, and those numbers won’t be known
until sometime later today. McCain came out on top with late deciders,
moderates, liberals, those worried about the economy, and those
concerned with who is “most qualified.” Romney won with conservatives
and those worried about illegal immigration, and Huckabee won with
Romney and McCain are both scheduled to address conservatives at the CPAC convention in Washington D.C. on Thursday, where they are both expected to make their respective cases to the party base.
Paul walked away with very few delegates. Will he concede or fight it
out to the bitter end? No word yet. Paul is also scheduled to speak to
the base at CPAC on Thursday.
the night was not nearly the success the Romney campaign had hoped for.
While he’s not conceding defeat, many wonder if he’ll be able to
continue on. There are plenty of primaries and caucuses yet to come throughout February all the way through early June…but as we know, many
people can be influenced by early primary results. (We saw what
happened to so many other candidates after just one, two or three state
way it looks now, Romney and Huckabee are battling it out for second
place. How the rest of this race goes will have much to do with how
each continues to get his message out to the electorate – and if McCain
continues to hold on to his very comfortable lead.
Obama won in considerably more states than Hillary Clinton did, but the
states she won – among them California and New York – had higher
delegate yields, giving her a comfortable (but not definitive) lead
over Obama. More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that the states Clinton won are considered to be traditional Democrat strongholds. (Obama held sway in many so-called “red” states.)
Much attention has been put on California
for good reason: each state has a very large number of delegates up for
grabs for both parties (441 Democrat, 173 Republican). And California was a state that Clinton needed in order stay ahead of the Obama wave.
counters have noted that Clinton won with women (although Obama scored
an impressive 45% of women voters), seniors, Hispanics and Asians,
those concerned with who is “most qualified,” while Obama won with men,
blacks and white voters.
Super Tuesday featured 22 states for the Democrats to wrangle over,
like the Republicans, they still have quite a few primaries to look forward to…all
the way through early June. And while the Republican race may seem like
it’s locked up at this point, the Democrat race could still go either
way if Obama continues his slow but steady march up the poll rankings.
The Issues Remain
the economy has suddenly taken a prominent position in this election
cycle (as it often does), what is still on the table as far as FSM
readers are concerned are the candidates’ positions on major security
issues that affect our nation, specifically:
- Iraq (and Afghanistan) – finishing the job, not just ending it
- Al Qaeda and other global Islamic Jihad groups throughout the Middle East
and elsewhere around the world, whose sole purpose is to impose Islamic
Sharia law across the globe, using terror tactics and infiltration to
make their goal a reality
- Iran which continues to thumb its nose at not only the U.S. but also the rest of the world as it continues its mission to attain nuclear capability
- Securing the borders
illegal alien problem, which includes not only a strain on our
healthcare and economy, but also a strain on law enforcement and the
possibility of terrorists slipping through
How do the candidates stack up? Take a look for yourself…and vote accordingly if you haven’t already. And of course, the main event is still to come.
back and relax, folks…we have a long way to go. And if you have a Super
Tuesday hangover, take two aspirin and call us in the morning.
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