Super Tuesday results (Huckabee, McCain, Romney and Ron Paul)
The super Tuesday results are starting are almost final. As of this morning, the count has not been official for the Republicans. I suspect by the end of the day the total count will be finalized.
I am a little disturbed that CNN, MSNBC and Fox all have different delegate count for the Republican candidates. I am assuming that Fox has the total count correct, since the candidates have more delegates than the other networks. Currently, McCain has 610 delegates, Romney in second place with 257 delegates and Huckabee has 202 delegates. Ron Paul made out with 9 total delegates.
I gave a Super Tuesday predictions last week. My prediction was not completely accurate but I must say it was better than some of the other political analysts, especially the ones who said McCain would be the nominee today. Here is what I predicted last week; McCain would have 635 delegates (now has 610), Romney 245 delegates (now has 257) and Huckabee 320 (now with 202). There are 23 delegates not accounted for according to the news networks.
I have to look at each state to know where I got off track for Huckabee. One problem off the bat, I was under the impression that California was a winner take all, which it wasn't. That skewed things a bit.
Am I happy with the results? Somewhat. I am happy that McCain received less delegates. There was a lot of talk that he would win the nominee today from the news networks, which he would of needed to win just about every state to do that. I am not sure how they assumed he would do that well.
Now the fight goes on and already this morning the new spin is that Huckabee won't win anymore states since most of them are not "evangelicals". We shall see. From here on out McCain might have a hard time winning more delegates since much of the remaining states are considered heavy conservatives. According to voter polls Romney and Huckabee are seen as "more conservative" than McCain. If that is how voters feel then this could come down to the wire between the three candidates.
I suspect Ron Paul will drop out at this point, there is no way he can even win since more than half of the delegates have been won already. Bless him though for his effort.
I would like to see Romney and Huckabee finish off McCain. I am not sure if that is really possible but I really don't want another war monger in the office. As I said in previous posts, I respect McCain for his courage and braveness but our country doesn't need another war monger, we need someone who can focus on us the citizens and our needs while keeping foreign relations in check.