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Folks everywhere are still mulling over Super Tuesday results and looking ahead to what's next in the increasingly nail-biting race for the White House. Two political experts came on to help us sort through Tuesday's results. Stephanie Cutter directed communication efforts for Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and Sarah Taylor was a White House political director under President George W. Bush.

Arizona Sen. John McCain seems to have reinforced his standing as GOP frontrunner, but not with as much comfort as he might have expected. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee proved to the naysayers (especially Huckabee, whom many pundits all but discounted completely) that they are still to be taken seriously about their presidential pursuits, although both trail McCain by about 400 delegates.

I heard Huckabee compare his ambitions to the those of the New York Giants going into Super Bowl XLII to face the undefeated (until they lost, of course) New England Patriots.

There's nothing wrong with hope, right?

Things aren't as clear for the Democrats. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama both had significant victories — and losses — on Tuesday. Clinton's wins in California, New York and Massachusetts (despite the Kennedy and Kerry endorsements of Obama) were helped with her favoring among women and Latino voters. Obama's win in 13 states, compared to Clinton's win in eight, flexed his pull among both voters under 40 and black voters.

From where we stand, Clinton and Obama are working hard to make certain that any advances between the two of them are razor-thin (the contest in New Mexico remains too close to call), likening the Democratic race to an edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller ... Who will "survive" to represent the party in November?

Grab the popcorn. Looks like it's going to be a long one.

Have you already participated in the presidential primaries? If not, aren't you just itching to vote? I am. And, it looks like for the first time in a while, our region ... the Potomac region (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) might actually have a significant say in who becomes the next president.

We're usually up after Super Tuesday, so we vote willingly, but knowing that the picture is sometimes pretty much painted by the time we pull out our brushes. Not so, this time. Neither the GOP race, nor the Democratic race (especially) is a done deal ... candidates are counting delegates like beans.

And, aside from the political fare, we also thought it would good to bring you stories in commemoration of Black History Month. Harvard professor and renowned author Henry Louis is at the center of a film airing tonight on PBS, African-American Lives 2. Gates journeys with an impressive list of celebrities — Tina Turner, Tom Joyner, Chris Rock and Don Cheadle, to name a few — as they uncover mysteries of their African lineage. Gates tells us Chris Rock's discovery even takes an emotional turn...

Chris Rock? Emotional? No...

We'll check in with you again later. Until then, drop us a line and tell us your thoughts on thee '08 elections, and how you're commemorating Black History Month.



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I think the election 2008 is kind
of important, yet there seem to be
this close-minded media/political
effort on certain issues. There is
no greater topic in this campaign
season then technology. There is
mathematics and physics far superior
than what NASA has to offer, but
since this would hurt the U.S.
reputation in science and space,
this topic is ignored. It is easy
to fool the public on the weakness
of the U.S. in mathematics and
science when the media body politics
of denial is behind it.

Sent by jerry a. Myers | 1:41 AM | 2-7-2008

Super Tuesday reinforced the generational importance in the democratic race, with older(>60) voters going for Clinton and younger voters going for Obama. Older voters obviously want to keep things status quo and are not ready for an African American President...I suppose the Jim Crow era is still fresh in their minds and an African American man as president will only serve to remind them of progress. I think in the end the generational vote will determine the next democratic presidential nominee. Hopefully younger voters will stay engaged throughout the campaign and embrace the opportunity that exists for impacting the direction of our country by supporting someone like Obama. This is a defining moment in American History and I'm hopeful..I'm anxious to vote. The primary in Texas is March 4. Hopefully the democratic nomination will still be to close to call.

Glenn Dunlap

Sent by Glenn | 4:03 PM | 2-7-2008

I'm glad my primary election was over before Super Tuesday. Even before Super Tuesday, I was sick of all the politicians camping around my neighborhood for the "winner takes all delegates" - too bad it didn't work out well for Rudy Guiliani :-)

But I must say this is an exciting time that's left me scratching my head in wonder of what's going on in the country and a little sleep deprived: I was glued to the TV for the Super Bowl, Super Tuesday, and not to talk of the local news about a seismic trade of a lovable giant in Shaq.

But this is a thrilling election season - it has fostered great debates among friends and family. I can't wait to see the final outcome.

Sent by Moji | 5:51 PM | 2-7-2008