A long drawn-out battle looks likely for the Democrats’ two presidential hopefuls after Super Tuesday failed to produce a clear favourite for the party’s nomination. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have claimed victory in the coast-to-coast voting.
The former US first lady took key prizes like California and her home state of New York. But her rival won more states in total and, with the share of the vote all-important under party rules, the two remain tantalizingly close in the crucial delegate count.
Political analyst Tom Mann said:
“Overall, Clinton can take heart in the fact that she dominated in the big states, except for Obama’s home state of Illinois. Obama can be encouraged by the fact that he won the lion’s share of the states – most representative of all the parts of the country – and that gives him some reason for encouragement.”
The next battlegrounds for the Democrats are Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington on Saturday, Maine on Sunday, and Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia on Tuesday.