Highly Contested Presidential Primaries in US Super Tuesday

World | February 6, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00
Highly Contested Presidential Primaries in US Super Tuesday Both Clinton and Obama won important victories on Super Tuesday so the Democratic presidential nomination race is set to continue for months. Photo by LA Times.

As US voters in 24 states went to the polls on Tuesday to elect their candidates for the US presidency, the Democratic vote failed to show a decisive lead for anyone.

The Democratic race between the New York Senator Hillary Clinton, and the Illinois Senator Barrack Obama is especially tight, with Obama predicted to win in eleven states - Idaho, Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Utah.

Clinton, however, is believed to have won in California, the state with the largest number of delegates to the national party convention. She also carried eight other states - Arizona, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

The Republican race was more decisive with Arizona Senator John Maccain taking the lead by winning in seven states - Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, plus California. Maccain is piling up delegates to the national convention through the Republican "winner-take-all" system.

The other two candidates, the former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and the former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee hope to remain in the race as each of them carried five states. Romney won in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah, while Huckabee is victorious in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, West Virginia, and Tennessee.

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