This is Super Tuesday!
So who is it to be? On the traditional date for Super Tuesday, we’ve got 4 races for the Dems with the two smaller ones Rhode Island and Vermont expected to split one a piece for Clinton and Obama. The big delegate counts are in Ohio and Texas. And I think that Clinton will win both but she won’t make that much of a gain delegate wise. If Obama wins both then I think it will be curtains for Clinton, though she may hang in there with one last throw of the dice until Penn.
The complicated nature of the polling in Texas (it’s both a caucus and a primary!) will mean that irrespective of who wins the margin of victory would need to be huge or it won’t change much. Ohio represents the much better chance for Clinton to make some proper gains but even there it is a mess. A 60%/40% in a 4 seat district gets you 2 seats a piece. It is almost as if the Dem never thought they might end up having a tight two horse race because their systems teams neither candidate can really break away. For more detail check out the guru.
The Republicans are still going through the motions of a primary race. I do have to wonder what the Ron Paul supporters will do if he breaks 10% in Texas! Probably declare victory.
Update 5.39pm local time: I have a feeling that McCain might not break 50% in Texas.