Things continue to look dire for the Democratic Party as frontrunners Senator Hillary Clinton of New York and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois continue fighting it out for the Democratic nomination. The contests on February 5 and March 4 have clearly left no clear nominee on the Democratic side of things.
In the case of the Republican races, they are over. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had dropped out of the race after losing in Ohio. Senator John McCain of Arizona secured more than enough delegates to secure the nomination of the Republican Party.
While Obama and Clinton both hold a slim lead over McCain; that lead is slowly vanishing. In the case, things do not look good for Obama. In the polls in the early contests, there was one consistency: Obama had fared better than Clinton amongst Independent voters. He had also managed to chip away at Republican voters as well.
As the battle for the Democratic nomination continues, Obama is losing two of his key advantages. The comments recently made by Reverend Jeremiah Wright seemed to have also helped to hurt Obama’s lead over McCain.
Now, it shows that McCain is doing much better with the Independent voters. That does not look good for either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, this could be disadvantageous to her. The earlier polls suggest that Clinton had not fared as well amongst Independent voters.
However, it would be good for the Republicans if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination. Reports explain that the Republicans fear Obama far more than they fear Clinton.
In a private RNC donor event, they have listed a five-point strategy against Obama.
Despite slowly losing the lead over McCain, Obama still has a high favorable rating. Clinton has the highest unfavorable rating. McCain had the least favorable rating. McCain was between Clinton and Obama in unfavorable rating.
A large percentage of those that voted in the primaries feel that a nominee will not be decided until the Democratic National Convention this coming August in November. A somewhat large chunk of those voters feel that the eventual nominee will be hurting come the general election.
So far, Obama has a marginal lead over Clinton. It would look as if it will be up to the superdelegates. However, most are still on the fence on who to throw their support behind. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the superdelegates cannot afford to sit on the fence any longer.