This is hopefully the beginning of a weekly blog containing a couple of the highlights and roundups of the past week in the US presidential election.
As I’m sure most of you are aware, the main highlight of the past week was Obama’s landslide win in South Carolina, sweeping 55% of the vote compared to Clinton’s 27%. This has largely been played down in the Clinton Camp, who have cited the 80% support within the black communities as the determining factor, with Bill Clinton going as far as comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson’s previous successes in the state. These claims do hold some water though, race in politics is a far more contentious issue than in the UK and if you look at the polling data on who white voters supported they predominately voted for Obama’s rivals (only 25% voting for Obama). Be that as it may personally I don’t think South Carolina has made the end result any clearer, one thing I am quite confident on though is despite the negative affects to Clinton and Obama’s bickering it hasn’t been enough to save Edwards who only took 18% and this being his native state. It will be interesting to see whether Edwards can hold on at least long enough to influence future debate..
Meanwhile on the republican front Giuliani is not doing at all well, being pushed into fourth place (13%) in recent polls for the upcoming Florida Primary while Romney and McCain are neck and neck. This is not good news at all for Giuliani who although being one of the most high profile candidates only has 2 declared delegates compared to Romney’s 73. Especially if you take into consideration that Giuliani’s game plan has been to ignore smaller less significant states (trailing sixth at some points) and focus campaigning and financing on Florida’s 57 delegates. I think even Giuliani himself is fully aware it’s going to take a miracle to change him from the candidate that never was…
A little quiz for those of you yet to make up their minds.