February 6th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
15 years ago

Analysis: McCain clear leader; split decision may help Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/06/super.analysis/art.2300.mccain.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. John McCain has started to build an almost insurmountable lead in the GOP presidential race.."](CNN) - Super Tuesday positioned Sen. John McCain as the clear Republican front-runner, while a split decision in the Democratic race may eventually help Sen. Barack Obama, according to CNN's political analysts.

McCain extended his lead in the GOP race with impressive coast-to-coast wins from New York to California, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee carried states in the South. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won seven races, including his home state of Massachusetts.

"I think we did achieve clarity. John McCain will be the Republican nominee," CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "Mike Huckabee did better than a lot expected. If you look at the delegates, there is no way either Huckabee or Romney can catch up. I think we did learn that much."

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  1. Dan, Illinois

    It's funny how the GOP's main issue was to end illegal immigration and then in the end they vote in the top Amnesty candidate. How does that honestly happen??

    February 6, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. GB

    Too bad the republicans won't have a real conservative to vote for next month – guess the white house will go to a real democrat after all now (not the McCain democrat) – McCain is not good for America. Wish Rommey could turn around! Miracles can happen!

    February 6, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. America Forever

    There is no "work to do" among the conservatives with McCain because we are leaving the party for this year if he becomes the nominee. He can't win his party's favor, he can't win the Democrats in November

    America you are so disappointing. Since when does an immoral, liar, cheat and traitor to his party garner so many votes? His shadow, Huckabee is a disgrace and you embrace him too. You will not escape the consequences of these choices.

    Romney, please "stay the course". You are an honorable man with an impeccable resume and your home life is to be admired. May their be a miracle at the end of the road, otherwise Huckabee will become the new Perot who lets the Democrats in by splitting the party.

    It's a shame America does not desire honorable traits in our candidates anymore

    February 6, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Sam

    Sorry CNN but your exclusive "coverage" of Obama did not sell the day. You should have listened to Hillary's town hall to hear what the solutions for America are rather than the canned speeches given by Obama and Kennedys. Try reporting the news not endorsing candidates. Note to Hillary supporters: ABCNEWS is much better at reporting unbiased reports.

    February 6, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Lawyer2B

    Its astounding to see CNN trying to make anything favor Obama. What doesn't benefit Obama is LOSING the Super delegate count and trailing in the polls in the remaining battleground states.

    What doesn't help Obama is that he won traditional Republican states that are going GOP in November.

    What doesn't help Obama is that Hillary CRUSHED him in the traditional, delegate-rich Democrat states. When will the media hop off the Obama bandwagon and start reporting the entire news?

    We live in the United States of America, not Obamaville.

    February 6, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. heal.the.land

    McCain would be wise to select Huckabee as a Vice. The American people need the hope and spiritual inspiration Huckabee can bring to our nation for healing. With McCain's stregnth in war and Huckabee's spiritual strength, together they could bring America into a new future of peace.

    February 6, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Tom

    Why can't CNN just report the news. Why do they have to use misleading titles to slant the election. They are no better than Fox news for being fair and balanced. And we saw where that got us: 8 years of the Bush administration that did more to damage the American way of life than any other. Wise up CNN or the backlash will happen.

    February 6, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Love the Dems

    Of course the split decision helps Obama. The media has got to get an Obama spin out of this.

    Split decision helps no one but the Republicans. By the time this is over, the Republicans will maintain their hold on the White House and the media can thank themselves for splitting the Democratic Party.

    Lets try to get some positive stories out there before it is too late.

    February 6, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Mike

    You go Hillary. Power to the people, not to those who only vote the way they are told by the Kennedys and Oprah.

    February 6, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I think that McCain's strong showing yesterday is a testiment to how little the Republican base thinks of the opinions of people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, and James Dobson. The nightmare of neoconservatism may be over!!!!

    February 6, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. kc

    This whole debate over Experience and Change is a pea brain debate trumped up by the money hungry media who's out to rake in ratings with little regards to the integrity of the presidential election. Experience and Change is not mutually exclusive and it does not matter how you do the math...........experience enhances and propell change. Change without experience is just a random act that's statistically weak against change with experience. I predict Mccain will win this election. Whether going against Obama or Clinton. These polls showing people wanting change more then experience is useless. Everyone wants change! It'll come down to who people feel most comfortable in formulating and implementing the changes. Mccain is with the right experience to make this happen. Call off the rallies and the best actor performance. I'll take the man who apparently has no acting skills nor BS skills.....while has proven to be a work horse when it comes to serving the public. Wisdom is what we need and wisdom is what Mccain has to offer. The GOP may not recognize it now but Mccain is not only the best candidate for the party but he is the best candidate for the nation. The timing can not be more perfect! Mccain 2008.

    February 6, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Luis

    A Democrat in Republican clothing............working with Huckabee to derail Romney. Watch where Huckabee lands if, and it is a long shot, McCain wins the Presidential Election (VP or Cabinet Level post). As a Republican, I am ashamed of these tactics. We are going to get what we deserve.....a Billary or Obama win.

    It is going to be a long four years..............................................

    February 6, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Martha

    Here's a thought. Why not vote for a social experiment to see if a women is better at leading than a man. We can't be any worse off than where we are after another 8 years of a man's decisions based on testosterone. How about that green jumpsuit on the aircraft destroyer claiming Mission Accomplished after the Shock and Awe in Iraq. Somehow I can't image a woman doing such a macho action. Give me someone who cries from emotion than an idiot like Bush that can't see the forest from the trees.

    February 6, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Eduardo

    Split? Not! Hillary is the clear winner no matter how CNN spins it.

    February 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Canadian Teacher

    I have been reading the blogs and watching Cnn .This Morning i couldn't keep silent..CNN YOU REALLY ARE NOT ANYMORE THE BEST POLITICAL TEAM ON TV... It's sad.. you all used to be fair..Now it seems to be all Obama news...everything that happends during this election , you find a way to turn it into his advantage..somehow..
    I used to tell my students that Cnn was fair....Might as well turn to foxnews ,actually i watched them too last night, and to my big surprise they were more balanced in their opinions then you.
    As a Canuck, I don't vote in your election, i have no favorite candidate, BUT, at least give credit to Hillary Clinton, when she deserve it... It's really getting pathetic to watch . In my opinion, the only 1 that is still fair, is Anderson...Bravo to you.. You havent felt for the O propaganda on Cnn.
    >>> A little humble opinion, may be the States should review the way the election system works, seems to be so long, almost 2 years to elect a president... too many players have time to influence your vote with endorsment and $$$$$, I hope you all dont think Oprah didnt put a LOT of $$$ to help her boy?????

    As an outsider , i wish you all the wisdom to make the right choice for your country.

    As for CNN, well.....................................

    February 6, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Hillphil

    If john McCain is Nominated. this Registered Republican Will Vote Democrat in November.
    I guess I might as well plan on it and campaign for Hillary or Obama

    February 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. mike

    You got what you deserved with GWB because, like him, you are ignorant.

    McCan't is no democrat. He has been for the war all along. No matter what he's done in the past to make you think he's liberal, that will all change in the general election. He's been changing positions since he began running for president and will continue to do so in the pursuit of power.

    You should be proud that Hillary or Obama will win. They will clean up GWB's mess and not just extend it like McCan't will.

    February 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. mike

    What's so wrong with McCan't and Huckleberry taking votes from Romney. They are the two best politicians on the republican side. Romney is just a plain jerk and i think most people see that.

    February 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Michael

    No longer than the last eight. (which could incidentally go down as rivaling Hoover's presidency as the worst term of a president in our history)

    Anyway, as a registered Democrat, I am not sold on Hillary or Obama. I would actually prefer McCain than to a conservative mouthpiece without a plan (Huckabee) or a false conservative without a plan (Romney). (And by prefer, I mean I would consider voting for him.)

    February 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Mitt Wrongey


    I do not think the 18 votes in W. Va. was the deciding factor yesterday.

    February 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. afisher, VA

    Let's not give up. Can you just imagine McCain sitting down with heads of state with his testy abrasive personality? WAR WAR WAR. This is all he has promised us anyway.

    February 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. GA

    Hmmm...your current delegate tallies don't yet include CA, so I think it's misleading to say that Obama currently leads among pledged delegates. Even though he will pick up a decent chunk in CA, it stands to reason she will pick up more than he does.

    February 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Micah, FLorida

    DITTO,LUIS !!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Dan, NJ

    Obama has won more delegates and not only does he have more money, he has for more doners who are not maxed out. He has a potential advantage in the next 7 states. If he can win 5 or so and run up the money, March 4th may be his chance to throw the knock out punch.

    February 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. john

    McCain won because he is honest and not an ultra right wing freak. If you cannot be a moderate republican without being accused of be a democrat, then everyone who doesn't believe that the world is flat and evolution is a left wing conspiracy is a democrat.

    February 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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