The Results of the Nevada Caucus & South Carolina's Republican Primary – The 2008 Race For President
Another day of election results has come and gone with no clear front runner emerging on either side of the race for president. On the Republican side of the race, Mitt Romney scored a win in Saturday’s caucus in Nevada. But also on Saturday, Romney took fourth place in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary, where John McCain chalked up a key victory. Hillary Clinton narrowly beat out Barack Obama in Nevada’s Democratic caucus. But Obama won more of the state’s official party delegates by winning in key, delegate rich areas.
Pundits had been predicting a close race between the three Democratic frontrunners in Nevada. A poll released early last week by the Marylandbased Research 2000 had shown the race in a dead heat between Clinton, John Edwards, and Obama. But Edwards came in a distant third on Saturday.
After the results in Nevada, Edwards emphasized that he would continue campaigning. Edwards is hoping for a strong showing in his home state of South Carolina, which will hold its Democratic primary next Saturday. That could provide his campaign with some much needed momentum going into February 5th’s Super Tuesday round of voting.
“The race to the nomination is a marathon and not a sprint, and we’re committed to making sure the voices of all the voters in the remaining 47 states are heard. The nomination won’t be decided by win-loss records, but by delegates, and we’re ready to fight for every delegate. Saving the middle class is going to be an epic battle, and that’s a fight John Edwardsis ready for,” read a statement issued by the Edwards campaign after the loss in Nevada.
Clinton and Obama each sought to chalk Nevada up as a victory. The following graphic was featured on the front page of Obama’scampaign website:
The Clinton campaign responded by posting the following statement on its website:
“Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Caucuses today by winning a majority of the delegates at stake. The Obama campaign is wrong. Delegates for the national convention will not be determined until April 19.”
Ron Paul was able to edge out John McCain for surprising second place finish in Nevada. And Congressman Duncan Hunter announced he would end his bid for the presidency afterÂ finishing in last place in both Nevada and SouthCarolina.
The Republican race in South Carolina came down to a close competition between John McCain and Mike Huckabee. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, McCain had reportedly received 143,222 votes – or 33 percent of the vote. Huckabee had won 128,908 votes – or 30 percent of the vote. Fred Thompson came in third place at 16 percent, and Romney in fourthat 15 percent. Ron Paul, Rudy Guiliani, and Duncan Hunter each finished with less than 5 percent of the vote.
What do you think of the Saturday’s election results?
Do you think a clear front-runner has emerged on either sideof the race?
Why has this primary been so competitive?
Why have polls been so far off the mark in predicting election outcomes so far?
Who do you want to see win?
David Anderson is a political correspondent for Gather.com. You can read all of his correspondent articles by clicking here.