February 6, 2008

MAVERICK'S PARTY:

McCain wins California, eight other states: The Arizona senator claims front-runner status as Huckabee, Romney pick up enough wins to stay in the race. (Michael Finnegan, 2/06/08, Los Angeles Times)

John McCain rolled to victory in big-state primaries across the nation Tuesday, but rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney notched enough wins to keep the race for the Republican nomination alive.

McCain won primaries in California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Missouri, Delaware, Illinois, Oklahoma and Arizona, his home state.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor who has appealed above all to white evangelicals, beat expectations across a large stretch of the Bible Belt. He won Alabama, West Virginia and delegate-rich Georgia and Tennessee -- big trophies for a man who long ranked as an afterthought in the race for the White House.

However, the 21 Republican contests on Super Tuesday proved a disappointment for Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts.


McCain wins big on Super Tuesday: Huckabee boosted by strong showing in South (Michael Cooper, February 6, 2008, NY Times)
Senator John McCain of Arizona won the most states and appeared poised to win the most delegates on Tuesday with impressive primary victories in the delegate-rich states of California, New York and Illinois. Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, revived his candidacy with victories across the South.

Clinton pulls ahead after trading victories with Obama: Support divided, top Democrats trade victories (Patrick Healy, February 6, 2008, IHT)
Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama carved up the nation in the 22-state nominating contest on Tuesday, leaving the Democratic presidential nomination more elusive than ever. Clinton won California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and her home state, New York, while Obama took Connecticut, Georgia, Minnesota and his base in Illinois.

It was a night of drama as millions of Democrats cleaved sharply between two candidates offering them a historic first: The opportunity to nominate a woman or an African-American to lead their party's effort to reclaim the White House. Yet it was also a night when neither Obama nor Clinton could decisively lay claim — or even secure an edge — to the nomination, assuring an electoral fight that will unfold for weeks to come.


While everyone recognizes Senator Obama would have trouble among Latinos in the general, the revealing number from last night was how lop-sidedly he lost the NY Jewish vote, even to Hillary. It's easy to imagine the New Republic endorsing John McCain over either Democrat.


Breaking down the votes (Los Angeles Times, 2/06/08)

Twenty-four states held presidential nominating contests Tuesday. States with Democratic primaries and caucuses will send 1,681 delegates to the national Convention, where a candidate will need 2,025 [...]

Arizona

Primary, 80% of precincts reporting

Democratic candidates

Clinton...51%

Obama...42%

Republican candidates

McCain...47%

Romney...34%

Huckabee...9%

Paul...4% [...]

Missouri

Primary, 100% of precincts reporting

Republican candidates

McCain...33%

Huckabee...32%

Romney...29%

Paul...4%

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2008 7:28 AM
Comments

Lots of losers on Tuesday.

Romney

Right-wing talk radio

Pollsters (geez, Obama by 13 and Romney by 7 in CA by Zogby?)

Posted by: sam at February 6, 2008 9:09 AM

The Beltway Right just took a beating. They don't get the Party at all.

Posted by: oj at February 6, 2008 9:14 AM

He didn't just win CA, he's going to win 161 or 164 of the 170 delegates, since his strength was fairly even throughout the state. He should win all but 2 or 3 CDs.

Posted by: John Thacker at February 6, 2008 11:55 AM
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