After winning in Florida, Republican John McCain is looking forward confidently to the potentially decisive next phase of the US presidential election process. He is now the frontrunner to become his party’s nominee. On February 5, also known as “Super Tuesday”, almost half the states in the country will make their decisions.
McCain could get another boost from the poor showing of one of his rivals. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giulliani finished a distant third. He had been counting on a big win in Florida to kick-start his campaign. US media has been speculating he will now drop out of the race and endorse McCain.
It now appears to be a straight contest between McCain and Mitt Romney, who came a close second in Florida. The pair have split the last four of the
state-by-state nomination ballots.
Democrat Hillary Clinton won what was a largely symbolic vote because of an internal dispute. The national party stripped the state of its delegates to the national convention and Democratic candidates did not campaign there.
She is involved in a similarly close battle with Barack Obama, who won a landslide in South Caroline on Saturday. All candidates are now caught up in a flurry of campaigning across the nation for next Tuesday. It should reveal who the parties’ respective White House contenders will be.