The ballots are just about all in, the talk is just about done for a day, and uncertainty is the main result of the Democratic primaries. The two candidates went head to head in state after state and when the dust has settled we know something but not everything. There is little doubt Obama is still in the race and there is not doubt Clinton and Obama will enter the Democratic convention a bit unclear as to who will stand on the platform raising a hand in victory. Obama won more primaries and Clinton garnered more delegate votes. Early analysis is the candidates split the white male vote and Obama appears to have obtained nearly 40% of the female vote.
A review of results indicates Clinton did well on the coasts, dug into Obama’s strength in southern states while he did much better throughout the midwest. The vote definitely indicates Obama can win white votes as much as Clinton is still very popular among many African American voters. The absence of John Edwards reveals that Obama apparently is picking up a majority of his former rival’s supporters which bodes well for him in upcoming elections. Among the election day surprises was Clinton’s handy wins in Massachusetts despite the active support of Ted Kennedy for Obama. This suggests Clinton has real support from traditional Democrats and most probably this will aid her in primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Missouri has always been a bellweather state whose winner stands a good opportunity to win the November election and Obama was able to run strong throughout the state even in the more conservative rural areas. His victory in Minnesota is one in a state with few black Americans.
The coming months will witness struggles for major remaining states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and some border and western states. No clear pattern is yet available as to which of the two will sweep to victory in these states.
As for the Republican primary fight, it appears all over with John McCain a clear victory.