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. Jen

    McCain has lost all the respect I had for him prior to the last 2 months. I will vote Dem if he remains the Rep oldest candidate in HISTORY~! McCain and Huckabee's derailing approach to a sensible intelligent and able man such as Romney shows that those two men don't have 1 bone of integrity in them. They are cheap cheaters and Huckabee is NO true Christian while McCain is NO true Republican.
    Wake up Republicans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Dennis

    Actually, the split will help Obama. Obama has more available funds. The states holding primaries in the next two weeks favor Obama. He should make a strong showing and pick up more momentum heading into the March primaries where the states are more contested.

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Lilia van der Ven

    I'm an asian dutch who always have an overwhelming fascination and interest how politics in America.

    What really caught my attention is on the DEMOCRATS. The endorsers !!! of Obama. Yes Obama is popular, he can sell himself good, a typical job applicant -fresh from university who can make everybody to be impressed for him. As you listen and observed him, YES A FRESH POLITICIANS WHO DON'T HAVE Taught PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE. He has no idea who/what America sets now . The whole world is watching you.

    For the endorsers, can you even think- analyse even a few seconds before endorsing. America must work hard "without trial and error" and as quick as possible to regain the country's status in the whole world -to get back the good images– you have a lot of damages at the moment- own fault for positioning the present president in the WHITE HOUSE. PROTECT AMERICA from Chaves lookalike accuser.

    Endorse somebody with self-built credibility to gain back the respect of the world. ELECT- ENDORSE THE CANDIDATE WITH CREDIBILITY IN WORK, DEEDS AND WITH GOOD RECORDS FOR "YEARS" OF THE DEMANDED EXPERIENCES for this JOB-THE PRESIDENT.

    I hope too that every American should think what ahead for this job.

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Brad

    Wow America is really that stupid. McCain is one of the worst canidates I have ever seen. The Dems are going to blow us out of the water. Im going to move to Mexico after Hillary becomes the President.

    February 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. the one

    Hillary is even more divisive than before... You people wait and see those super delegates switch camp when OBAMA will have solidified his lead in the pledged delegates.

    OBAMA/Gore 2008

    CNN Moderation, here I come

    February 6, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Obama won many more states, and at the very least will be neck and neck on delegates.

    There is simply no logical way a candidate who once touted herself as the inevitable nominee can claim any kind of victory based on those facts.

    Additionally, most analysts agree that the longer this thing goes on the better for Obama so there is no way Team Clinton can feel anything other than fear as they watch the movement continue to grow.

    February 6, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Nathan

    Oh please knock off the complaining about Obama and Hillary. Personally, I HOPE McCain loses. His age and his war injuries don't help him. He says he is in good shape but the truth is that if he became president the stress would probably be too much for him to handle.

    Also, take a look at the other Republicans who are running for the Presidency... The youngest one on their side is who... Mitt Romney. Okay, that isn't a good sign. Face the truth... the Republicans have had their time and the blew it. The seven years of Bush have been Hell and I ams sorry if you guys disagree but it is true. This war and economy are in shambles. Soldiers are dying left and right either from suicide or getting blown up/shot in Iraq. Enough is enough! I think we have had enough of the Republicans for the time being. Feel free to disagree with me but in the end I know that we will be better off with Obama or Hillary and I say Hillary to be nice. Obama so far seems to be one of the few people running other then Ron Paul that is making any sense. Hillary is okay but I think we need younger people who have fresh ideas and are willing to do things differently.

    February 6, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. julie

    Ray in N.J. How true!

    February 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Lisa

    I agree with you Luis. We are going to end up voting for two Democrats in November Billary/Obama or McCain.

    God help us and this economy it's never going to get better!

    February 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    As a military vet: Vietnam, Bierut, Panama, Kosovo...I admire McCain's record and his patriotism.

    I'm voting for Obama.


    1-Return to necessary regulation in the private sector–and enforcement of our laws related to trade.
    2-Reduction in waste in our government–with emphasis on redundant security and military investment.
    3-Improved world presence–and renewal of institutions like NATO, United Nations–and other organizations which the U.S. has led as a world leader–and the GOP has tried to extricate the U.S. from any responsibility or support.
    4-Maintenance of a standing armed forces–which meets the mission needs of the current time (not 100 years in the future!!!). If we have technology which exceeds all the competition by 15 years, why plan for 50 years or more in the future? The military industrial businesses that are permanently attached to the government teat–far exceeds the actual security needs or the technology requirements of our armed forces.
    5-REAL emphasis and some REAL ideas on ensuring all Americans have healthcare.
    6-Breaking down the walls which seperates our Congress–and forcing members to work together towards a better America. No acceptance of unilaterism–period.

    February 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Hans van den Berg-Amsterdam

    The world is watching.....
    We don't want anyone like Bush anymore
    and so
    we don't want MacCain
    and definately no lady who needed her husband do the talking for her during the campaign.
    USA want to gain respect in the world again? Then they choose Obama!

    February 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Geri

    Where does McClain, Hillary, Huckabee, and Obama stand on issues, it there some place where I can find that information or someone can tell me.

    February 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Festus

    How could anyone call this a slpit when Obama won in 13 states and billary won in only 8? Mind you, never before in the history of america did any candidate had to contend with a 2 in 1 opposition(s), (Clintons), as Obama has, and he must be credited with his efforts by a worthy nomination. No candidate in the history of american politics has ever aroused so much cross the board appeal, interest and participation in politics like Obama has: whatever happens, Obama is the Grand Winner in this elections. Also, if only the press will give as much coverage to Michelle Obama as it gives to Bill and their daughter, it would be more heart-warming.
    Obama is a gentleman, he ably demonstrated this by holding out Hillary's chair for her to get up right after their last debate...is he a president or what?

    February 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Patrick

    All I can say is WOW we are in serious trouble, JOHN MCCAINT isnt the answer, unbelievable that republicans vote for a democrat, just look at some pictures of this guy, he's evil, REPUBLICANS WAKE UP HE IS A LIBERAL IN CONSERVATIVE CLOTHING, maybe we will get lucky and he'll have a coronary before he takes office, so who is the vice president? HUCKAPHONY?


    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Andrea

    Thank you Ray in New Jersey. This whole thing has played out like a joke and a set up.

    Republicans, you really concern me. You want to elect a man with a long known history of a bad temper? A bad temper ruins countries, rules with imposing fear, and despair in others. Look around the world today.

    February 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. 'Burgh Thinker

    Hillary is dis-ingenuine and a flip-flopper whenever the polls change, Obama was rated the #1 most liberal senator, McCain is a Democrat in Republican clothing and Romney has a liberal record in the past.

    My guess is that if you did a blind poll, no names no nothing, on issues and how they matched the people that are running, a minority of people would come up with a clear favorite. My point is I think a candidate who truly represents the people of our country a.k.a. a normal average citizen with mixed views on all topics will never be in charge. And I think that truly is a shame.

    February 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Deen

    Back door deals and an unending parade of endorsing cronies seems to have the Republican nomination going as scripted, but GOP electioneerers beware: millions of us on the true conservative end will not vote for McCain. Come November, you may well find yourself fielding one of the biggest election-day losers since the demise of Nixon.

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Skywalker

    Another spin, another politcial lies, another manipulation on the truth of that Hillary victory. CNN, Shame on you,

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Tiberius

    May the best win! Hillary is very competent and experienced. Probably better than Obama at those chapters. However, it is Obama who can can heal: bridge the split inside and restore the symbol of the United States in the world. In the global village we need that sympathy and trust much more then before. Clinton will continue to divide.

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Randy - Denver

    First as most THINKING people will realize Mr. mcCain did not vote for Amnesty like his opponents want you to believe. he voted for a realistic plan to minimize the illegal immigration concerns people have. I would ask all those of you who believe "they should all be deported" to give the details on how you want that done, who is going to do it? Where are the funds going to come from? Who is going to step up and do the work they are doing now in the US? How will the economy (already devestated by Bush's policies) support the direct cost of removing these people and the indirect cost of the loss of businesses and services this loss would entail? But I suppose the world most of the rdical right live in does not see these problems.. maybe another tax cut for the wealthy will help solve them? Or building a wall, like the Berlin wall yeah thats the ticket.. but who will build it? I got it CHAIN GANGS like in the good old days!

    Second the comment about no REAL conservative left. Can you explain what you mean by that? Do you mean a fiscal conservative? One who would support cutting the budget in realistic ways? You cannot mean that since over 60% of the actuaql spending is going to support the ill-planned, ill-executed, illeagal war in Iraq (oh yeah and some of it is going to Afganistan where it should be.. but not enough after all the major product of Afganistan since outr invasion is Opium) nope cannot do that it is YOUR war and you support it How about a religious conservative one that supports the original concern about religion in the US, "I do not care if a man worships one god, many gods or no gods at all" Thomas Jefferson, There shall be no religious test for any public office, each religion is equal here. Ben Franklin.

    In short most of the radical right do not want what they say they simply want the power to force others to live their way. Change is somehow wrong unless it is to change back to a fantasy world that never existed and never will.

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. North Pole

    What's happening to cnn? I have been reading the blogs and watching Cnn .This Morning i couldn't keep silent.… 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.

    February 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Aimee

    Looks like CNN is really the machine helping Obama... give me a break!
    Go Hillary!

    February 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Rob Jones

    Will David Gergen ever say anything positive about Hillary Clinton. Clearly he is pulling for Obama and his commentary, sad as it is, reveals that something must have happenned during his first stint with the Clintons that has made him ambivalent towards them.

    Please take him off the air. He simply is too biased. Even republican commentators give Hillary a better shot than Gergen.

    And by the way, I'm rooting for Obama.

    February 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. John - MO

    Much has been made of this dissatisfaction with McCain and his supposed liberal record – namely the unabashed railing of Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, et.al. Has anyone considered that they may have a large voice but only one vote. I do not dismiss their influence on others, but they may have more interest in a Democrat being in the White House if for no other reason than to increase their audience.

    I, as a Republican, would rather have a Republican in the White House than any Democrat. I just cannot understand how people can believe Mitt Romney is a "life-long conservative" and not look at how his posistions have changed on major issues (right to life, gay rights, taxes, 2nd amendment). Look very closely at when Mitt Romney, at 60 years old, changed his mind about these issues.

    I am happy that MO was a close race between John McCain and Mike Huckabee – both true conservatives that have not waivered social conservative values and are both supportive of our fiscal conservative values.

    February 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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