Scroll down for updates…Early exit poll results: Jim Geraghty’s got them…Missouri, Georgia close; McCain ahead by only 5 in Arizona…talking heads excited about Obama surge
I’m starting a fresh afternoon thread as Super Tuesday heads into late afternoon. Morning thread is here.
The Romney campaign sends this statement about the WVa. results:
“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change.
“Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today’s first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.”
Huckabee picked up 18 delegates. More: “Another nine GOP national convention delegates from West Virginia will be distributed based upon the outcome of a May 13 Republican primary. The winner in each of the state’s three congressional districts will get three delegates. Of the three Republican National Committee members from West Virginia who each have a vote at the national convention, only one has declared a preference—for Romney.”
Reader Gary finds a silver lining:
Although I’ve voted Republican/conservative for the last 20 years, I have never been a member of the Republican party.
I just got off the fence and joined the Illinois Republican party. I felt that I didn’t have the right to complain about the direction the party is heading when I wasn’t even a member. I want to ensure that I do my part to ensure another McCain never gets the nod again. And if I fail, at least I will have the knowledge that I did my best to prevent it from happening.
So….I guess all the hype about McCain did have one positive effect.
Reader Matt reports from Illinois:
Just got back to work from the polls here in Champaign, IL. Though the state is likely to lean heavily to Obama or Hillary in the National election, there is a vocal group of Romney supporters in town. I voted this morning at 7:40am local time, and as of then, 100+ ballots had been received. Not that I’d expect anything different from our district, but it was a very quiet atmosphere. There were no advertisements for any of the presidential hopefuls, Republican or Democrat. I was disappointed to see a County Provision that asked if the voters of Champaign County would vote to force our representatives to limit funding in Iraq to “just enough to bring the troops home”.
Judith Kesher reports from the scene in NY.
The superdelegate spat on the Dem side offers a brief moment of schadenfreude.
Howard Mortman shares the tale of a Republican tree in Brooklyn.
Update 6:20pm Eastern: Geraghty’s got early exit poll results.
Check this one out:
Arizona: McCain 44, Romney 39, Huckabee 8.
The Obama surge builds…
In the Democratic races, Barack Obama led among black voters and Hillary Rodham Clinton led among Hispanic voters. Obama led among white men, while Clinton led among white women. Overall, Obama led among men and Clinton led among women, although her advantage among women appeared smaller than was seen in early primary states.