February 4th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
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Super Tuesday showdown

(CNN)—A record 23 states will hold primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. Long lines, unprecedented numbers of absentee ballots, and record turnouts are likely to play a big role in determining when results are projected.

Georgia’s primary is expected to be the first definitive Super Tuesday outcome – the state’s results may be available in the 7 p.m. hour, shortly after polls close there. The outcomes of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware and Connecticut will likely be projected in the 8 p.m. hour, followed by New York sometime after 9 p.m. ET.

California’s polls are the last to close Tuesday - at 8 p.m. PT, 11 p.m. ET - but the results might not be clear for hours. With an expected 1 to 2 million absentee ballots, along with the nation’s largest number of registered voters, the results may not be known until Wednesday morning.

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–CNN's Emily Sherman

soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Incredulous in 08

    Everyone please keep this in mind when you vote tomorrow: The MOST important thing is to win the White House in November. Obama can do that. Hillary CAN NOT. The Republicans have a huge playbook of scandals and dirty politics that they are waiting to unleash the DAY she gets nominated. They do not have a playbook on Obama because they weren’t paying attention to him until a month ago and there aren’t any scandals there to attack him on. Also—right or wrong, 40-50 percent of Americans will vote AGAINST Hillary in November regardless of who the other nominee is. She will also cause a conservative backlash that will lose CONGRESS back to the Republicans. This will keep anything from getting done in Washington anyway. I’m so tired of seeing Democrats lose elections because of bad decisions. Let’s change that… Above all, we need to take back the White House! OBAMA can do this! OBAMA CAN UNITE THIS COUNTRY! Please keep November in mind when you vote tomorrow. I’m not saying it is fair to her, I’m saying it is what it is. She won’t win in the General. OBAMA WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER.

    February 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Kat

    Ron Paul for president

    1. Supports restoring the constitution and eliminating income tax
    2. Supports National Fair Sales Tax (Yes I know that would make some states have higher sales tax than others due to some states have sales tax. But it is still better than having your hard earned money stolen from you before you even get it. But it is still better than having your hard earned money stolen from you before you even get it. At least you have a choice.)
    3. Please just do your research on ALL the candidates rather than paying attention to any of the news channels. They have barely shown you anything at all of Ron Paul and have only shown you what they want you to see of the others. ronpaul2008.com

    February 4, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Megan

    Obama doesn't have his own ideas. He isn't ready to lead. Obama cannot unite people by throwing mud all the time.
    The republicans are terrified about Hillary getting the nomination they have nothing left to say about her that hasn't already been said.
    Expect them to hit Obama HARD if he gets the nomination. His middle name will be used all the time, his life's history will be open like it never has before. The republicans want Obama to be the nominee becuase they know they can beat him.

    February 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Alex, VA

    Incredulous, I have to disagree with your analysis. Hillary's dirty laundry has already been aired while we have no idea what's in Obama's closet. Already the NY Times and the Chicago Tribune have come out with stories about him taking special interest money, despite all his claims to the contrary. And if you look at nationwide polls Hillary still beats McCain, and Obama still doesn't. Hillary has a lot of popular support, I don't know where you're getting this 40-50 number but it's completely inaccurate. Beyond all that I take issue with Obama's big uniter claims. He may want everyone to agree with him, but that doesn't mean they will. The numbers show that republicans are even less likely to vote for him than for Hillary, and if you look at his congressional record, being a uniter has usually meant watering down his legislation to the point of being absolutely ineffective. I want a candidate who will fight the tough fights not just the ones that look good in headlines, that's why I'm voting Hillary '08.

    February 4, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. dmw

    Hillary will win in November. There is nothing else they can do to her but repeat the same things they have over the last several years. Obama, on the other hand will be easy to beat. Soft on Nation defense; Rezko land deal for his home; his all black only church; his non voting record in the U.S. Senate; his nuclear power stance; his 'present' votes in Illinois; his drug use based on his own book; his being the most liberal Senator; and god knows what else they will throw at him.

    McCain will look like the Statesman, Obama will look like the baby with his inexperience in National Poltics shining even greater as compared to McCain.
    Hope, change, fired up, ready to go, and ready for change will not mean anything other than what they are, slogans. Obama can not win no matter what the polls today show since polls are only a snapshot and not a fact.

    February 4, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. drz, San Francisco, CA

    Think about who is the best general election candidate. Obama has a proven record of getting more moderates, Republicans and first time voters. Pick a winner. Pick Obama!

    February 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Matt

    Incredulous..."They do not have a playbook on Obama because they weren’t paying attention to him until a month ago and there aren’t any scandals there to attack him on."

    BUT, if Obama does win and goes against McCain, they'll POUND him for being a novice. He cannot stand up to the pressure and cannot fight back. Hillary can and is the only one who CAN win in November.

    February 4, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Ann

    Ron Paul for President.

    February 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Kat

    I wouldn't vote for Hillary. But if she is the runner for the democrats, and McCain, Romney OR Huckabee are the runner for the republicans. Then I will either not vote or write in a vote for Ron Paul. On the other hand if Obama was the front runner with one of those 3 I would vote for obama. Either way we end up with a democrat presidency. Which to say the very least is bad. Because Democrats always think we have to save the world with our hard earned money. If we had our hard earned money we wouldn't need saving now would we?

    February 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Adarrah for Obama


    February 4, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Incredulous in 08

    Alex, you have a right to your opinions and I respect them, but I have to disagree. As far as the number, I actually saw "more than half of Americans state, etc." but toned it down because I was skeptical the number was that big as well. But seriously... Do you not remember how much people hated the Clintons in the 90s? Do you think that has gone away? I'm not talking about hardcore Dems, just in general. Which is the point... the General Election. And when it comes to fuzzy numbers, where in the WORLD did you come up with republicans being more likely to vote for Hillary than for McCain?!?! I'd love to see those "numbers." Ann Coulter does not (though she'd like to think differently) represent the Republican party. Again, when it comes to records... Hillary is the one who backs off, rolls over, and gives in to Repubs if there's going to be a real fight. Not to mention how she treats her constituents... Again, I respect your right to your opinions, I just think they are terribly misinformed. PLEASE do some more research. NOT on partisan blogs, NOT on news websites, and NOT on TV, do some REAL research into what each of them have actually said and DONE before you pull the lever. That's all I ask.

    February 4, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Hispanic Woman

    OBAMA 08'

    February 4, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Hispanic Woman

    BTW: I'm a REPUBLICAN and I would vote for Obama!!!

    February 4, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Denise, Appleton, WI

    We Republicans do not want illegals to have driver's licenses nor do we want an AFROOOOOO anything in our White House!

    February 4, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. candice

    Hillary 08

    February 4, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. v.ananthan



    HILLARY 08.

    February 4, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. suzy

    I agree !!! Alex, VA
    I am from VA, but living in San Francisco for 10 years now.
    The latest poll out today in CA shows Hillary 45% and Obama 36%.
    I am not completely against Obama, but there is so much more to being President of the United States than being an inspirational speaker.
    Yes, we all want change, but what we need now is EXPERIENCE and TOUGHNESS!! For me Obama is already in the hands of the OLD Washington puppeteers.
    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And for God's sake, if Hillary does win the nomination, how can so many of you say you would really rather vote Republican than for her?! Where is all of that Democratic Party inspiration and uniter attitude that Obama has so inspired in you? Do you think he would be happy with you to NOT vote Democratic if the choice is Hillary? Do you think Obama will vote Republican? He did nothing but praise Hillary and her experience and qualifications in the debate last week. Regardless of who wins – we need a Democrat in office.

    February 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Dave

    There is some information available about the candidates on the Advanced Google book search. Click the full view to read all of what each candiadate stated.

    February 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Bryce

    Ooooo exciting.
    Already cast my balot absetee here in Cali.

    In the general elections, however, there is only ONE candidate I can NOT vote for.

    I will not hire a novice for the toughest job on the planet. NEVER

    February 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Helen Thomas

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – While most reports about this past weekend’s Maine Caucus focused on the purely symbolic presidential preference poll, in the meaningful race to secure delegates to the state convention Ron Paul is primed to finish second with likely 35 percent of the total delegates.

    Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis are elected by the state delegates. Internal results from 10 of 16 counties, including the largest cities of Portland, South Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, and Brewer, show Ron Paul picking up 215 of 608 State Convention delegates so far reported, or 35%.

    “Ron Paul’s strong second place finish in Maine, in which he beat John McCain, is proof that this race is far from over,” said Ron Paul campaign manager Lew Moore. “We’ll continue to battle for every delegate in this wide-open race for the Republican nomination.”

    In the presidential preference poll, with 70 percent reporting, Ron Paul is in third place just two percentage points behind John McCain. However, the Maine preference poll is purely a beauty contest, and in the actual election of state delegates the so-called “frontrunner” McCain is far behind Ron Paul.

    February 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Incredulous in 08

    To everyone who keeps pounding on Obama because he does not have enough "experience," my response is three letters long: J. F. K.

    February 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Jay

    Military Donors Back Ron Paul & Obama
    February 04, 2008 3:19 PM

    The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign cash, looks at the 2007 money-raising and finds the following:
    In 2007, the 2008 presidential candidates raised $582.5 million and spent $481.2 million.
    War opponent Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, received the most from donors in the military, collecting at least $212,000 from them. Another war opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, was second with about $94,000.

    February 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Chrissy, TX

    You have to stand for something:

    * I stand for economic growth
    * I stand for health care
    * I stand for national security
    * I stand for American Unity
    * I stand for Global Unity
    * Most importantly I stand for strong LEADERSHIP


    ******************************I STAND FOR HILLARY 08'******************************

    February 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. David....Nevada

    It's the economy for all you misinformed and johnny mc is economically ignorant.
    another bad day on wall street
    romney for economic and responsible immigration..

    February 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Just some clippings debunking some of Hillary's "experience" and "electibility":

    Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund for less than a year, and that's the only full-time job in the nonprofit sector she's ever had. She also worked briefly as a law professor.

    Clinton spent the bulk of her career — 15 of those 35 years — at one of Arkansas' most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards.
    Yesterday’s Washington Post/ABC poll had McCain beating Clinton, 49%-46%, yet Obama beating McCain, 49%-46%. And according to a new Cook Political Report/RT Strategies poll, McCain leads Clinton, 45%-41%, while Obama beats McCain 45%-43%.

    February 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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