2008/03/02

Showdown on Tuesday March 4th

Obama and Clinton go head to head on Tuesday in Texas and Ohio, plus Rhode Island and Vermont. They are expected to split the two smaller states but the outcome in Texas and Ohio is uncertain and critical to the outcome of the Democratic nomination race. Polls show them tied in Texas and virtually tied in Ohio where Clinton has a slight lead.

Only weeks ago Clinton had large leads in both states but these have disappeared after Obama swept the Super Tuesday primaries and then piled up 11 wins in a row. Whether Hillary continues her candidacy hinges on the outcome of the vote in Texas and Ohio. If she loses either state she will have little choice but to fold her campaign and hail Obama as the Democratic nominee. No less an authority than Bill Clinton has stated that Hillary must win both states to stay in the race.

Even if Clinton gets most votes in Texas Obama could end up with more delegates because delegates in Texas will be determined both by the primary vote and by caucuses. Should Hillary secure the most delegates in both Texas and Ohio, she would still trail Obama in delegates and face an almost insurmountable challenge to win the nomination. And there could be a bitter and divisive battle en route to that outcome. This would put the Democrats on the defensive and allow McCain to build a lead before the Democratic candidate could take him on.

2 comments:

Harlan Day said...

Unless she wins Texas and Ohio by large margins, Hillary should bow out gracefully or risk ceding the election to the Republicans.

Dame said...

Every one of you/guys/ say "it is over ..bow out ... Obama is the King ... while it is just neck in neck for a long time ...
neck in neck means they are near equal ... maybe Obama can bow out with this logic of yours????
ridiculous how men just can't take it if e woman is good or better ???
I would not TRUST Obama with my last ten dollars ....
I see him as NOT trustworthy.

marta