Unmentioned in the article is the fact that three states and one U.S. governed territory are voting today in either primaries or caucuses. They are:
- Washington (state of)
- The U.S. Virgin Islands
Tomorrow, Maine votes and Hillary Clinton has in recent weeks had a substantial advantage in the Northeast. She captured every Northeast state thus far except for Connecticut. She won New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. However, Obama won Delaware, which is a Mid-Atlantic state bordering New Jersey and home to multi-term Senator Joe Biden.
By Monday, the delegate count is likely to not have moved substantially in favor of either Hillary or Barack.
Tuesday, two states and one district vote. They are:
- the District of Columbia
A week after that, two states vote. They are:
This is just for the rest of the month of February! If no candidate is decided by then, we will be into March and the six primaries and caucuses held then. If neither Obama nor Clinton has a substantial share of delegates and no candidate is decided by then, then the absolute last primary/caucus is 7 June when Puerto Rico's caucus is held.
The Democratic convention in Denver is not until 25 August! Going back to the article above, it is much to the benefit of the DLC, the Democratic party, Progressives, and all who want to see a Democratic candidate elected need to have a presumptive nominee selected far sooner than that. Waiting until August could easily become an extremely nasty convention fight. John Edwards has not picked a side and my thinking is that if he is smart, he is playing Clinton against Obama, trying to determine what candidate will give him the best deal. One thinks he would be ideologically more in tune with Obama, but if Clinton either gives him the better deal or takes momentum, he would likely throw his support behind her rather than Obama.
Perhaps the most telling sign is the overall polling data that pits the mood of the country when Clinton is compared to Obama in public opinion.
Obama has the momentum, the support of the mainstream media, and an edge in fund raising. Look how far he has come! Look at how far down he once was! This is clearly his race to lose.