CNN is projecting that Clinton will win California. If that's the case, it will be thanks to her agressive absentee program; she banked a lot of votes over the past month, long before Obama began to pick up momentum.
That's a big political bounce for Clinton, even if it won't amount to a huge difference in delegates.
The California results aren't in, but it's clear that nationwide, nobody dominated Super Tuesday. Clnton and Obama have split the big states, and will split the delegates in California (even if one of them wins the popular vote). Same for the GOP -- there's no clear winner tonight.
So it looks to me right now as if there's a very good chance that both parties will go into their nominating conventions without a clear nominee. For the first time in my adult life, the conventions may actually mean something. Read more »
"Our time has come. Our movement is real and change is coming to America," Barack Obama told his crowd of supporters and it just seemed possible. He used his strong showing today to sound his themes: "Yes we can...This time can be different...We are the ones we've been waiting for."
It reverberated between Obama and the crowd, "Yes we can."
San Francisco City Hall -- normally a beehive of activity on election nights -- is nearly empty. One reporter (Rick Knee, stringing for AP), a couple of political junkies ... and that's about it. The Department of Elections doesn't even have its usual display screen for election results.
Frankly, nobody's paying attention to the local election. California's a big deal tonigh, and the state primary is huge news; municipal elections are lost in the whirlwind. Read more »
In anticipation of guzzling free Stella, the Kilowatt has been jammed with voting drinkers since 6pm – well before the Guardian-sposored "Dodge the Drafts" party’s official start time. As for who these drinkers supported today, it’s impossible to guess -- even tho I’m surround by fellow Guardian employees, and within eyesight of a woman lustily fingering Obama's Audacity of Hope. Read more »
Camped out at campaign headquarters for the past week, Hillary supporters looked bleary-eyed but fervent early this afternoon as they speed-dialed calls to their vast Democratic database. Even if California results wouldn’t be available for several hours, some said, many of the mostly gray-haired women amongst the 70 or so volunteers, were optimistic Clinton would nail the nomination.
The first numbers have come in and Barack Obama appears to have won a decisive victory in Georgia -- with early results giving him a 2-1 edge over Clinton -- a key test of whether he can carry the south. On the GOP side, McCain, Romney and Huckabee finished in a tight pack.
It was a casual dinner affair for the supporters of Ron Paul on election night, with roughly thirty people showing up for dinner under the big screen at Thai Stick, 925 O’Farrell St. As the results came in from around the country, party-goers casually looked up from their animated conversations to remark at the TV screen.
George Gaboury, self-described “media support”, struggled with a projector and screen, but was finally able to set up a slide show of the groups’ past exploits – including the staged Ron Paul “TeaParty” in December. Read more »
If, as seems fairly likely at this point, John McCain comes out of Super Fat Tuesday with a lock on the Republican nomination, the most important question for Democrats is who can beat him. Read more »