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. Marcus, Great Lakes, IL

    It has already been a long 7 years.

    February 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Brooklyn Latina

    In the general election, the media, who loves mcCain right now, will not love him in comparison with obmamamama...

    "This is an historic election" meaning, vote for the black guy or the woman versus the old, bald, ugly white guy.

    No chance, especially with his lifetime in the Senate. He has never created a job in the real world.

    McCain is Washington DC politics as usual as we saw yesterday in West Virginia.

    McCain owes too many favors to too many people, and that is just Ted Kennedy.

    And everybody else will suffer because he is a vengeful, petty little man.

    temper temper johnnie.

    Not presidential. I don't see anything in him that represents me, especially since he dumped his wife and kids for his millionaire mistress half his age. That seals it for me. No way I could ever support a married skirt chaser.


    February 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. V.W.

    Heaven help us all....He is old and confused.

    February 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Ray - NJ

    No the split will not help Obama, Its the Media that will with CNN leading the way for Obama.

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. David

    We are in serious trouble – I hate to say it but I don't think it really matters who we put up – Americans are tired of us and will put a Dem in the house – we are in trouble

    February 6, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. dotgam

    Mike Huckabee is well aware that he doesn't stand a chance in winning the Republican nomination and yet he still is keeping himself in the race. Anyone with a brain knows what he is doing. Deliberately keeping another candidate who has a good platform, more so than him is absurd. Mike Huckabee can't win this race and he's aware of it, but he's hoping he will become John McCains vice-president, which is will be a disaster for this country.

    February 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. DKK


    If you paid attention to any of the developing news, Huckabee didn't need to work any special arrangements to position himself to be a legitimate running mate or otherwise–his performance takes care of that.

    Are you 100% sure there was a deal? Or are you swallowing Romney's propaganda?

    February 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Doug

    Big surprise, the Mexicans overwhelmingly voted for McCain.

    McCain's loyalties are to them as usual. In California the white vote

    went to Romney. But the Latin invasion there put McCain over the top.

    When Romney won the first round WV caucus, the McCain supporters

    were directed to throw the vote to Huckabee to squash Romney.

    Dirty old man wins, America loses!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Johnson

    Luis its been a LONG 8 yrs with Bush in the White House. I don't think it matters who gets the presidency out of the candidates that you have mentioned, it can't be worse than that. We are ready for a change from the traditional politics of washington. I have to say, although I don't agree with many of McCain's positions, at least he is genuine and honest. That makes me respect him a lot more than Hillary or Mitt. I'm a leaning democrat, and if it came down to Hillary vs McCain, I could see myself support McCain because of his honesty. Thats something thats been lacking in the White House for quite some time.

    February 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. SmarterThanLuis

    It looks to me like Romney is taking away Huckabee's votes! How long until we finally get what we're asking for: a McCain-Huckabee ticket? Those who demand ultraconservative values are in the minority, and a man who is strong on defense but able to work across the aisle to achieve better results for the country will not only win the race but accomplish alot to erase the mistakes of the last eight years.

    February 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Rhino

    Luis, your divisive attitude is EXACTLY what is wrong with the Republican party.
    You and your ultra-conservative cronies are getting what's long been overdue – a public reckoning over a "holier-than-thou" pretense toward fellow Americans.
    It's Americans like you that I am ashamed of.

    February 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Ingrid Turner

    zzzzzz.....huh. Who cares who wins the republican nomination. Their not going to win the general election.

    Texas voter, Yeh HAW!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Canadian Teacher

    Your comment is awaiting moderation
    35 min ..
    If you are fair Cnn, then why dont you post my comment??????

    February 6, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. julie

    The evangelical Christian population really turned out in this election, but their vote was split. Had Huckabee been a better looser and left the race, the Evangelical population wouldn't have been forced to choose sides on the republican ticket and Mitt Romney would be the front runner today ..but there's no going back now. The nation as a whole wont be able to stomach McCain as President, he's exhurted himself as a loudmouth in past campaignes and the nation wants stability right now not wild antics. We are definately going to be a Democratic run government within the year.

    February 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. JB

    It doesn't matter at this point who you like more, or if you'd really like a female candidate. What matters is who can beat John McCain. Hillary will unite the republicans against her, and she cannot campaign effectively in red states. Obama is building a coalition across party lines and has done amazingly well in red states. Hillary voted for the Iraq war, and will be lampooned for being a "flip-flopper" by the republicans. Barack was against the war, and is the only dem left in a strong position to make the case for withdrawel. Hillary draws in some new voters, but Barack draws in amazing quantities of voters. Hillary can run a campaign, Barack can run a movement. The stakes are too high to take a risk with a candidate that 50% of the nation says they would never vote for under any circumstance. If you want to beat John McCain, Obama is the clear choice.

    February 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |




    February 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. TexanforHillary

    and the CNN pundits keep riding the Obama train. Even when the voters speak, even when they refuse to listen to the bias, you keep spinning!

    What is this? There is no "split decision" Senator Clinton WON the big states and that is that.

    February 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |


    February 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. chris

    RAy from NJ..it is funny how hillary supporters, someone like you always find something to blame for her failure...sore loser..haha

    February 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Ben

    The delegate process is just as messed up as the electoral college. Huckabee had a "better" night than Romney, but he is still way behind in third place? So a candidate could just focus on the winner take all states and come out ahead. Or why does American Samoa carry more weight than MI? What a joke!!! And why does MSN have a completely different delegate total than CNN? We need to switch to a popular vote!! If this was the case, Bush wouldn't have been able to ruin America.

    February 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Luke

    Agree Luis entirely – this makes me shudder as I look at 2009. Right now I have zero sympathy for Huckabee, ruining Romney's leads as he did. If it wasn't for the votes taken by Huckabee, Romney would have swept McCain off of the primaries. As it is, if McCain wins the nomination, it will be because of the pointless continuance of Huckabee's campaign, the biased reporting of many news services in favor of McCain, and the thinly disguised liberalism of McCain causing many Democrats who know their political record to vote for him, whilst many Republicans who do not don't know the difference between the candidates. McCain is NOT a Republican. WAKE UP Republicans, McCain has not and never will function as a true conservative and frankly I have no clue why so many think he would! Where has the strong stand for right and truth gone from the Republican Party?

    February 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. joanne

    We've been putting up with a LONG seven years..............!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Ingrid Turner

    February 6, 2008 10:46 am ET
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    February 6, 2008 10:37 am ET
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    zzzzzz…..huh. Who cares who wins the republican nomination. Their not going to win the general election.

    Texas voter, Yeh HAW!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. bobr

    Perhaps if Mitt hadn't been so selfish and HE dropped out, then Huckabee would be in the lead. The fact that Huck and McCain have been civil to each other while Romney's been an arrogant whining jerk doesn't mean that Huck was the spoiler.

    There is no way that Romney would've carried the South in a general election.

    As far as tactics go, Romney suggesting that a candidate close on his heels should drop out just a few days before Super Tuesday was childish and very bad form.

    February 6, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Ingrid Turner

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    zzzzzz…..huh. Who cares who wins the republican nomination. Their not going to win the general election.

    Texas voter, Yeh HAW!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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