It's Not Over Yet

Super Tuesday was supposed to settle the Democratic race, but a split decision means it's just getting started — and could get truly ugly

Ruth Fremson / The New York Times

Hillary Clinton addresses a rally on Tuesday night, February 5, 2008, in New York

The idea behind the new, fast-forward primary calendar that Democrats unveiled this election season was to give a big, hyperdemocratic finale to the process of picking a nominee. Nearly two dozen states, tired of standing on the sidelines as future Presidents lavished attention on places like Ottumwa, Iowa, and Nashua, N.H., had muscled their way to an early spot on the calendar. Proportional delegate allotment — instead of winner-take-all results — would ensure that every vote mattered. Super Tuesday would be the closest thing we have ever seen to a national primary: a single day on which the candidates...

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