In the last week or so, about half the states in the country finished their primary elections. So what happened in the aftermath? Well, it should have been pretty clear by now who's going to win each of the major party nominations. But instead, it got even more interesting.
On the Republican side, John McCain won several states, putting him at more than half the amount of delegates he would need to win the Republican nomination (which is 1191). Mitt Romney, in apparent dejection, decided to drop out of the race, leaving McCain and Mike Huckabee left in the race. Huckabee, much to everyone's surprise, is using his Christian conservative base to pull in a few states in the south – he won West Virginia, Iowa, Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia, for starters. He currently has 217 delegates to McCain's 723.
"Governor Huckabee is not a quitter," Says his campaign manager Ed Rollins. Huckabee plans to remain in the race till the end despite McCain's solid lead in delegates.
On the Democratic side, the race is anything but decided. Obama has 1,134 delegates overall– a razor thin lead over Clinton's 1,131. Obama is also riding pretty high after winning this weekend's Maine caucuses. So for the Democrats, the show continues on as intense as ever, with each new state and new race become increasingly more important for both numbers and pure momentum.
Up next this week: Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.