The US Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is celebrating after winning the latest primary in the state of Maine. Although the state is not a major step on the way to the White House, it is nonetheless a reminder that Romney still has a chance of causing an upset this week on Super Tuesday – the day when more than twenty states decide who they want as their party’s candidate.
John McCain is by far the favourite among the Republican runners and if he wins the big states the race would effectively be over. But the contest among the Democatic presidential candidates is still too close to call.
In terms of atmosphere, Hillary Clinton’s hustings this weekend have resembled final rallies rather than early round battles to establish who’s on top. She and Barack Obama are neck-and-neck after the first four significant nominating contests.
Neither candidate is likely to land a knockout blow but, with so much emphasis being placed on momentum, one could emerge with a substantial lead in delegates who will ultimately decide in August who will carry the party’s banner in the election.