By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles
Mitt Romney dropped out of the Republican race today making the race now two on each side. John McCain, unless due to some sheer fluke, is likely to be the winner on the Republican side. Democrats are no way near finality. It is widely anticipated that following primaries scheduled over the next several days—including Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia next Tuesday—Barrack Obama will at least temporarily take a the lead in the delegate count over Hillary Clinton who is slightly ahead now. John McCain is firmer on the delegate count, but Mike Huckabee has not conceded. It seems increasingly likely, however, that the contest will remain unresolved for weeks if not months, and that the outcome may not be resolved until the convention itself. The number of voters at all the primaries had been unprecedented.