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Decision day for the US presidential hopefuls

Truly, politics is a game of the unpredictable. Just a few months back, no one would have thought that anybody could shake Hillary Clinton from atop the Democratic line-up, and as for the Republicans, Rudy Giuliani seemed to be some extent the shoo-in (notwithstanding his multiple marriages, his support for abortion, and a few other such problems). After all, Hillary has some excellent brand name recall (with her President spouse being the flag-bearer for the Democrats), and having made a good name for herself in her role as a Senator. And Rudy Giuliani was the tough conservative, having been the symbol of New York after the WTC attacks, and previously, for having reformed New York and reduced crime to a great degree.
How things change. A fresh faced senator promising a change from the past and a symbol for making things better, Barrack Obama came in and has given a promise that a large number of the younger set of voters have grabbed as a new hope. In addition, he has managed to get support from some icons of the Democratic party, such as Senator Edward Kennedy, and many others. He has managed to whittle the initial lead by Hillary to a dead heat, with polls being too close to predict.


On the Republican side, Senator McCain had almost seemed like a spent force a few months back, with very few funds and having retrenched most of his staff. But he continued to keep on, and with the large support of undecided voters as well as voters on the center, he managed to make some spectacular wins, enough to whittle the field down to primarily a fight between himself and Gov. Romney.
And today is the day when 24-25 states will vote for their candidates and most likely decide the winners:

Today voters in two dozen states, many of them unaccustomed to having a say in the nomination of candidates for president, finally get invited to the party, in the first nearly national primary in U.S. history. Until now, a busy political week had two races in four days; today we watch 24 unfold in parallel, a giddy preview of battles to come.
All the activity just spoke to the stakes, 1,681 Democratic delegates to be divided up in proportion to the popular vote in 22 states. Though that is more than half the 2,025 needed to win the nomination, it’s unlikely either candidate will emerge the presumptive favorite. The rules are so convoluted that either candidate could win more states and still not emerge with a significant edge in delegates; in some places the strategy has come down to focusing on congressional districts with an odd number of delegates in hopes of picking up one here, one there.

Voting has already started at the time of writing this entry, and within a few hours, the results will be known. IT will be interesting to know whether some final decisions will be made, or will some uncertainty still be there ?

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