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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2759

Clinton, McCain and Romney Win Big: Front Runners Emerging After Nevada and S. Carolina

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Two political stalwarts and one new comer won handily today in Nevada and S. Carolina. It was Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Hillary Rodham Clinton took her message door to door in Hispanic working-class neighborhoods trying to beat the endorsement given by Union bosses to Obama. John McCain won a big victory against Mike Huckabee in S. Carolina, which has a large percentage of evangelical voters. Mitt Romney, the new comer had a great win in Nevada. The delegate count in Nevada is on a county by county basis and thus may result in Obama picking up number of delegates. Edwards fared very badly but may try to be a spoiler and go all the way. Mitt Romney beats all others hands down with his massive organizational showing. Huckabee was a disappointing second in Nevada. The Republican field is still fractured according to most observers as Giuliani and others may continue as candidates in Florida and later into February.Hillary Clinton on a winning streak. Way ahead with 200 delegates against Barak Obama with 123 delegates.Hillary Clinton on a winning streak. Way ahead with 210 delegates against Barak Obama with 123 delegates.

The percentage of Black and Hispanic voters played crucial roles in the primary process in Nevada. The black vote was also a deciding factor in S. Carolina. The enthusiasm in Nevada among the democrats was exceedingly high according to most observers. Mitt Romney campaigned the hardest in ensuring that he got at least one victory after leaving S. Carolina early.

Some union bosses downplayed the significance of the wayward union members who voted for Hillary. Culinary Workers Union, with its 60,000 members officially gave their endorsement to Obama. Obama also got the nod from the local Service Employees International Union, a politically potent union that represents more than 17,500 people throughout the state. Clinton’s grassroots approach paid dividends as rank and file seemed to have drifted towards her.

John Kerry’s endorsement of Obama against his long-time friends, the Clintons seemed a little untimely judging by the results. Kerry announced earlier that times are different, demand different things. He said Obama's “race” will not be an impediment to "most Americans. He said that most Americans are way beyond that."

Hillary Clinton countered that talking change is different than producing change. It is obvious that unions do not have the power to persuade their members to vote enmass anymore said one observer.

Democrats also had a massive registration drive-over 1000 registrations a day. That was more than what Republicans were reported to have achieved. Many believe that if the economy sinks further and George Bush does very little during his state of the union address next week or so, you will see significant amounts of voters leaving the GOP 'big tent' for the democratic party.

Republicans were hoping that the large field of candidates would dwindle down soon. It looks like they will continue to be five running all the way to Super Tuesday in February. Mitt Romney put everything he had into the Nevada campaign and it worked. The battle in South Carolinian went to the wire as McCain and Huckabee fought toe to toe in a place teaming with evangelicals. Fred Thompson helped McCain’s because when he came third as he may have split the evangelical votes. Romney was fourth followed by Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani.

Democrats will have their S. Carolina primary on February 26th where Black vote would be watched closely. For Obama to get a win it has to be evenly divided but the Clintons are traditionally the ones who had got the lion’s share of that vote. This is also Edward’s home turf and how many votes he polls will be crucial to his sustaining the momentum to continue in Florida on January 29th and later.

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