WASHINGTON (CNN) - This is one of those days that all of us who cover politics love. We are watching an extraordinary political story unfold with historic ramifications. On the Democratic side, either a woman or an African-American eventually will grab the party’s presidential nomination.
As of right now, I don’t know whether the nominee will be Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. I can easily envisage various scenarios that would result in a Clinton or Obama victory. As I wrote last week, don’t count Hillary Clinton out. Anything is still very possible.
No matter what happens in Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and Texas, neither of the two remaining candidates will have the 2,025 delegates needed to win the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver at the end of August.
Obama now suggests the race will continue beyond tonight. He says that it’s a very tight race and he is prepared to continue to the Democratic caucuses in Wyoming on Saturday, March 8, and then on to Mississippi for its primary on March 11. And don’t forget there’s Pennsylvania on April 22.
Obama says he faces a “tenacious” candidate. Yes, he does.
Having covered the Clintons since 1992 when Bill Clinton came from seemingly nowhere to capture his party’s nomination, I can testify that both Bill and Hillary Clinton are fighters who don’t give up even in the face of seemingly incredible odds.
Barack Obama is also a fighter. Just think about the incredible odds he has had to overcome to become the first African-American head the Harvard Law Review, and eventually a U.S. Senator and the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
That explains in part why this Democratic contest could easily continue over the coming weeks, and perhaps even to the convention. If it does, get ready for more of a wild ride.
–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer