Well, not all of the results are in as I write this but most of them are. After last night, CNN predicts that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton leads the delegate race 825 to 732 over Barack Obama. On the Republican side, it is John McCain with 615, Mitt Romney with 268 and Mike Huckabee with 169.
In his speech last night, McCain used the term “frontrunner” for the first time. Given the nature of the winner-take-all states involved, I’d say its a pretty good bet that McCain will be the nominee. I’m a little surprised that Republican voters are not up in arms about such allocation of delegates. It seems quite un-democratic. If the Republicans used a different allocation, I doubt we’d be talking about McCain being the frontrunner at this point.
The race on the Democratic side is not over but Clinton remains in the lead. Her win in Massachusetts was quite telling of the strength of her candidacy: despite receiving the endorsements of Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and the governor, Obama managed to garner only 41% of the vote.
In watching the coverage last night and reading through the various postings, one thing emerged that I would like to look further into. It was said that Clinton won the states where there were primaries while Obama won the states where there were caucuses. I haven’t done a state-by-state breakdown of this (and if it is on the web somewhere, somebody please link it) but on the surface, this appears to be the case. What that says about our democratic process – as well as the larger issue of electability – is a topic for another post, since I’ve got to get to work 😦