This Week in Primaries

Another week has passed in the race for president of the United States.

Hillary McCain

The New Hampshire Primary results have altered the landscape of the presidential field. Hillary Clinton upset the Democratic polls by edging out a 39-36.4% win over Barack Obama (victory speech here), though some are questioning the authenticity of Clinton’s victory. Bill Richardson has since pulled out of the race, while Barack Obama has picked up the endorsement of former presidential candidate John Kerry.

Meanwhile, John McCain bested Mitt Romney by a 37-31.5% margin in the Republican contest. Check here for his victory speech.

Ron Paul made an appearance on Leno the night before the NH primary to discuss his exclusion from the Republican debate hosted by Fox News.

With the primary season in full-swing, it’s quite simple to find examples of the media attempting to control the outcome of the election before it occurs. Check here for a good article on the corporate media’s incentive in the primary contests, written by Amy Goodman.

Up next in the primary contest is Michigan, which happens tonight (the 15th). Michigan is one of the few states that has been penalized by the Democratic and Republican National Committees for moving its primary to an earlier date. The DNC will award zero delegates from the state of Michigan, while the RNC will only award half of the original sixty.

The DNC pressured the Democratic candidates to ignore the state, and Obama, Edwards, and Richardson even removed their names from the ballot. The contest is expected to result in a landslide victory for Clinton, whose name will be on the ballot along with Kucinich, Gravel, and Dodd. However, the Obama and Edwards campaigns have reminded Michigan voters that they “have a choice” and are urging them to “vote uncommitted“.

While it seem like there may be nothing to lose in a battle against no one, a strong ‘uncommitted’ showing in Michigan could appear quite damaging to the Clinton campaign.

On deck beyond Michigan is the state of Nevada, set to caucus on January 19th. MSNBC is hosting a debate tonight for the Democratic candidates. Although Congressman Dennis Kucinich met the criteria initially required to participate in the debate (a Nevada judge even ordered MSNBC to include Kucinich), MSNBC has now changed the qualifying criteria and has disinvited Kucinich from the debate. So tonight’s “debate” will surely consist of a wide spectrum of viewpoints: John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

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