Winners, But Still No Nominees

Written on January 20, 2008 by DeansTalk in International Relations

Felicia Appenteng


Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Caucus in Nevada yesterday, despite her lack of support of two major unions, with people once again contributing her success to a large support from female and Latino voters.  However, this 2008 primary experience has taught us that nothing is as it appears to be.  Despite her consecutive wins in New Hampshire and Nevada, Barack Obama still leads in the number of delegates.  To understand this complex process, click here.  Nicholas Kristof, has briefly come off his book leave to come back and publish a brief op-ed piece about the issue of experience between Obama and Clinton.  Perhaps the only thing that has become clear is that this Democratic race is truly a two-way race, with John Edwards polling in at a 4%, despite his dedication to the state.  All eyes look forward to South Carolina, where Clinton and Obama have been fighting for the highly important black vote for weeks. 


For the Republicans, Mitt Romney had a easy win in Nevada, a largely uncontested race, while John McCain beat out Baptist minister Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney in South Carolina.  It is important to note, that the South Carolina primary is usually the indicator of the nominee, and is referred to sometimes as the "King-Maker." 

This past week, many Republicans have been invoking the name of former President Ronald Reagan, who is loved among Republicans for his economic policies and American optimism.  To learn more about Ronald Reagan in the current election, please click here to read an op-ed piece by Frank Rich. The Republican race is still completely open and it is far from clear who the nominee will be.  One thing that is sure is that this is a rarity for Republicans, whose primary process, as someone once said, resembles a coronation, rather than an election.  Usually, the Republicans have one very clear nominee who they all support, however this primary process is breaking every rule. 


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