Friday, 15 February 2008

US Presidential Elections: Friday update - 15th Feb.

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One of the most significant outcomes of Super Tuesday was the news of Mitt Romney's decision to suspend his campaign for the Republican candidacy. Mitt only managed to win 280 delegates, meaning he had no real chance of catching John McCain who now has 843 delegates under his belt. However, there are still questions as to whether McCain can win enough Conservative support to be able to provide a serious challenge the Democrat's candidate. He did receive a boost yesterday when Romney endorsed McCain saying:

"Even when the contest was close and our disagreements were debated, the calibre of the man was apparent. This is a man capable of leading our country at a dangerous hour."
Mike Huckabee has managed to win in eight states to date, giving him a total of 280 delegates. While it's not a mathematical impossibility for Mike to win, it would need nothing short of a minor miracle to see him stand against Clinton or Obama. The only other Republican left in the race - Ron Paul, has only managed to secure 14 delegates after failing to win in any of the states so far.

On the Democrat side, Clinton and Obama are still neck and neck, with Barack leading by only a short nose - 1,275 delegates to Hillary's 1,220. Obama has the momentum following eight victories in a row, including wins in Tuesday's primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The race now moves on to the next set of primaries to be held in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont on the 4th of March. Clinton will need a good result from those primaries to put the brakes on Obama's campaign, and from what the polls are indicating, she may do just that.

See you next Friday.

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