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Al Gore Will Not Endorse

Sources now say that former Vice President Al Gore is not expected to endorse either Clinton or Obama during the primary season, instead opting to be the “neutral elder statesman in the Party.” With the possibility that neither candidate will have the required 2,025 delegates to be nominated, Gore sees himself as the facilitator-in-chief for any possible deal making, should there be any as Kerry, Kennedy and Bill Clinton have all taken sides.

Other top Democrats, Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has no plans to endorse any candidate

The Forgotten State

One Super Tuesday state still does not have a declared winner and it looks like it may be some time until we get the final results. New Mexico still has no winner as the voters continue to be counted one week after the election.

The count has stopped at 99% with a 1,123 vote lead for Clinton. 13 delegates have already been allocated to Clinton and 12 to Obama. One delegate is outstanding, which will be allocated to the popular vote winner of the state.

17,000 provisional ballots still have to be counted.

Odds Against Huckabee

When you crunch the numbers, it makes you wonder why Mike Huckabee is still in this race. According to CNN, 1,242 delegates have been awarded, which means 1,138 delegates remain to be allocated. Huckabee has 217 delegates and need an additional 974 delegates to secure the nomination. Huckabee will have to win 86% of the remaining delegates to be the Republican presidential nominee. Compare that to McCain who has to win 468 delegates or 41% of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination.

So, why is Huckabee is rolling along his campaign? Maybe he is now running for Vice President. Maybe he is running for 2012.

Barack Obama Wins Virginia

CNN projects that Barack Obama will win the Virginia primary. This is expected and the Clinton campaign has not planned any victory or concession speech. At the moment, she is is Texas.

The exit polls are very good for Obama showing him taking 90% of the African-American votes and about half the white voters. Clinton cannot keep the race like this if she intends to win this.

Delegate Count

(You can read more on delegate counts here)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Delegate allocation is still being tabulated.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are two delegate counts on this site. One is on the sidebar, which is from CNN. The other is at the bottom of this post, which does not include states that has NOT allocated National Convention Delegates.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind, Iowa, Wyoming, Nevada, Maine, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota (Republicans), Washington, and Nebraska have not awarded any National Convention delegates and will do so at their respective State Conventions. The delegate counts provided by the media are estimates and may vary in the final result. This is not meant to be biased or unfair to a candidate, but it is in the interest of accuracy and integrity. I will imput the delegate counts of these states once their state convention have elected them.

Superdelegates and Unpledged delegates who have made an official endorsement are included for the Democrats and Republicans respectively.

Here are the delegate counts as of February 9, 2008.

% is the percent NEEDED to be nominated.

Survey USA: Clinton Strong in Ohio

A new Survey USA poll out has Clinton up 17 points in Ohio. The problem is the internals.

Clinton: 56%
Obama: 39%

According to the internals, “only” 73% of African-Americans support Obama. This contradicts his performance he has registered since Super Tuesday in which up to 90% of African Americans voted for Obama. Second, Independents seem to be under represented. Only 11% of the sample are Independents, roughly half of 2004 levels. Obama leads Clinton 48% to 43% in this demographic.

48% of the respondents said the economy was their top issue. Clinton lead 60% to 35%.

Huckabee Now an Impossibility

After last night’s wins by John McCain, it is now mathematically impossible for Mike Huckabee to win the nomination.

Here is what John McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, has to say:

“The results from tonight’s primary elections in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, make it mathematically impossible for Governor Huckabee to secure the Republican nomination for president,” Davis wrote in the document, first obtained by Politico. “He now needs 950 delegates to secure the required 1,191. But in the remaining contests there are only 774 delegates available. He would need to win 123% of remaining delegates.”

Romney Endorses McCain

Now on CNN. Mitt Romney announces he endorses John McCain for President and instructed his delegates to vote for John McCain at the convention.

McCain currently has 832 delegates according to CNN. Romney has 286 delegates. If all of Romney’s delegates support McCain, as of today, McCain has 1,118 delegates. 1,191 delegates are needed for the nomination.

Hillary Clinton Wins New Mexico Caucus

Finally the results are in and after counting 17,000 provisional ballots over the last nine days, Hillary Clinton is announced the winner of the New Mexico caucus.

Obama: 71396
Edwards: 2157
Dodd: 81
Kucinich: 574
Richardson: 1305
Biden: 122
Clinton: 73105

Hillary Clinton will get 1 extra delegate as the popular vote winner of the state

Obama’s Winning Streak Continues

CBS/AP) Barack Obama easily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Wisconsin, handing Hillary Clinton her ninth straight defeat headed into crucial March 4 contests in Texas and Ohio.

John McCain easily won the Republican contest in Wisconsin, as well as a primary in Washington, putting him ever closer to wrapping up the GOP nomination.

With 91 percent of the Wisconsin vote in, Obama led Clinton, 58 percent to 41 percent. In the Republican contest, McCain held a commanding lead, 55 percent to 37 percent, over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. With just over half the Washington vote in, McCain led Huckabee, 49 percent to 21 percent.

CBS News exit polling of Wisconsin Democratic voters indicated that Obama made significant gains among groups long thought to be loyal to Clinton. Women voters and Catholics were equally split between the two, and Obama led Clinton among those without college degrees by 13 percentage points. He also edged her out among self-identified Democrats, 53 percent to 46 percent, and won 54 percent of the vote from those in households making less than $50,000 a year.

Meanwhile, Obama continued to dominate the groups that have favored him in the past, winning convincing majorities of men (67 percent), college graduates (60 percent) and those in households earning more than $50,000 a year (60 percent).