Finally, two national races that are not going to be settled after Iowa and New Hampshire, contrary to what the national media and the so-called experts have been saying for months.
John McCain's New Hampshire victory means the Republicans have had three winners in three contests, McCain in New Hampshire, Mike Huckabee in Iowa, and Mitt Romney in Wyoming. There is no clear leader, with upcoming states that can be won not only by those three, but by Rudy Giuliani, and perhaps even Fred Thompson. (And why count out Ron Paul?). The following comes from the New York Times:
Former Senator Rick Santorum said the results were the latest indication that Republicans were in for an epic battle among a field of imperfect candidates for the party’s conservative base.
“It comes back to, O.K., Romney can’t win, Huckabee can’t win, McCain can’t win, Giuliani can’t win — the dynamic is you have a bunch of candidates who can’t win,” Mr. Santorum said. “I don’t see how we don’t come down to a convention that is going to decide this thing.”
The Democratic side is just as mixed up, thanks for Hillary Clinton's win. With two states down, both Sen. Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have won and neither appears to be on the verge of pulling away, and with that split, it does not appear even John Edwards, who finished third in Iowa and New Hampshire, can be totally ruled out, though the clock seems to be ticking for New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
(New York Times photo)