January 30th, 2008
The pool of presidential candidates is getting smaller, and it may have big implications for the remaining candidates.
Analyst say what we have now for both the Democrats and Republicans, is a two-way race. Right now, it's too close to call.
John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the race for President.
"Edwards' withdrawal from the race surprised quite a few people," say Matt Smyth with the Center for Politics.
John Edwards was able to pick up about 15 or 20% of the delegates consistently, the question is, where do those delegates go now?
"On the democratic side it's tough to say which major candidate, Clinton or Obama is really helped by Edwards withdrawal from the race," Smyth says.
For the G.O.P., it may be a clearer picture.
"On the republican side, Giuliani's withdrawal is probably a little bit of a help for McCain in terms of the social and fiscal issues they talked about they were in the same category in terms of some of those," Smyth says.
The former New York Mayor endorse McCain.
As to who has the best shot at their party nomination, we could know in less than a week.
Super Tuesday, the Democrats have more than 1,600 delegates at stake. The Republicans have more than 1,000.
"A clean sweep certainly would lock it up for one of the nominees but its more than likely it will come down to one of the future states including our own state of Virginia," Smyth says.
What is clear now, is that for the first time, either a woman or an African American candidate will be the presidential nominee for one of the two major political parties.
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