Feb. 5 Won't Be Emancipation Day

There will be no clear nominee for either party after Super Tuesday.

Don’t look to crown any presidential nominees on Super Tuesday. The race for delegates is so close in both parties that it is mathematically impossible for any candidate to lock up the nomination on Feb. 5, according to an Associated Press analysis of the states in play that day.

“A lot of people were predicting that this presidential election on both sides was going to be this massive sprint that ended on Feb. 5,” said Jenny Backus, a Democratic consultant who is not affiliated with any candidate. Now it’s looking as if the primaries after Super Tuesday – including such big, delegate-rich states as Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania – could grow in importance.

“Maybe some states were better off waiting,” said Backus.

That doesn’t mean Super Tuesday won’t be super after all. Voters in more than 20 states will go to the polls on the biggest day of the primary campaign, and thousands of delegates will be at stake.

But it’s possible Feb. 5 might not even produce clear front-runners.

Oh boy, that means we’ll still have to deal with John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul, and Mike (Jimmah Cawtah) Huckabee after the 5th. This is gonna be one long protracted primary cycle. Wake me when it’s over.

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2008 Election, Campaign, Huckabee, John Edwards, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich

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