Romney Wins Michigan; Uncommited Showing Strong

Mitt Romney has won the third Republican primary contest, winning the thirty delegates from the state of Michigan. Here are the results:

  • Romney 39%
  • McCain 30%
  • Huckabee 16%
  • Paul 6%
  • Thompson 4%
  • Giuliani 3%
  • Uncommitted 2%

And Hillary Clinton has won the zero delegates awarded in Michigan’s Democratic contest. With only four names appearing on the ballot, the Democratic primary results were as follows:

  • Clinton 55%
  • Uncommitted 40%
  • Kucinich 4%
  • Dodd 1%
  • Gravel 0%

One might call it a Clinton victory if only her name wasn’t the most (if not the only) recognizable name on the ballot. It was expected to be an even larger landslide for Clinton in a primary contest that has no real value in the nominating process. There is a relatively strong showing of Kucinich supporters, though, considering he has to fight legal battles in order to appear in a televised debate.

On the Republican side, Ron Paul has once again received more than double the votes of Rudy Giuliani; perhaps they should consider barring Rudy from the next televised debate.

Next up in the series is the state of Nevada, set for Saturday the 19th. For those of you looking further ahead, here is a copy of the primary schedule.

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.

The Fight Continues…

The primary season is underway. With one state under their belt, the Republican candidates squared off in another debate Saturday night on ABC. Each of the candidates still failed to grasp Ron Paul’s view of American foreign policy:

It makes you wonder if they really believe what they say. To quote Giuliani: “It has nothing to do with our foreign policy. It has to do with their ideas, their theories, the things that they have done, and the way they have perverted their religion to a hatred of us. And what’s at stake are the things that our best about us: our freedom of religion, our freedom for women, our right to vote, our free economic system. Our foreign policy is irrelevant, totally irrelevant. If you read what they write, if you bother to listen to what they say, this comes out of their own perverted thinking.”

This is a battle of good vs. evil, freedom vs. terror, Christians vs. Muslims…thanks for clearing it all up for us, Mr. Mayor. Looks like Rudy might be sipping a bit too much of his own Kool-aid, just check out his recent fearmongering commercial:

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire (backed by “Droopy” Joe Lieberman), John McCain upped the ante on our commitment in Iraq. When asked about Bush’s talk of staying in Iraq for fifty years, McCain replied, “Make it a hundred.”

Four of the Democratic candidates also had a ‘debate’ in NH, Kucinich and Gravel once again excluded from the process. Fresh from his Iowa victory, Obama tried to stay positive. Edwards seemed to be setting himself up for a vice-presidential bid on an Obama ticket, as he continued his aggressive attack of Clinton and the ‘status quo’.

Kucinich has filed a complaint about his debate exclusion, mentioning that Disney (ABC’s parent company) has made contributions to all four of the Democratic candidates involved in the debate.