Super Tuesday may not be so super

January 24, 2008 4:53:29 PM PST
What happens in the primaries and Super Tuesday still may not determine the presidential nominees. Voters in more than 20 states will go to the polls on February 5. Here in Texas, we have to wait until March 4. What it means is that when you go to cast your ballot, it may hold more weight.

Candidates need 2,025 delegates to secure the presidential nomination. With the races as close as they are, political analysts believe no one candidate will have it locked up by Super Tuesday. That means your vote would have a much bigger impact than it ever has before.

February 5 will be one of the biggest days of the primary season. But with the race so close for delegates in both parties, Super Tuesday may not be so super after all.

"It's a fight for delegates and that's probably going to be split up on February 5," said UH Political Analyst Dr. Richard Murray.

Texas could be in a very unique position and play a pivotal role in deciding who gets the nomination. Next to California, we have the most delegates out of another state in the country. The Texas legislature looked at moving up our primary, but decided not to.

Dr. Murray says in hindsight, it was a good idea. A fight, Murray says, won't be cheap.

"Each side is living off the land, spending every nickel and dime and one of things about Texas is you'll have to go out and try to raise money," said Dr. Murray. "I think we'll be a hard fought state."

Murray says 1976 was the last time Texas played such an important role in deciding the nomination. Back. 32 years ago, Ronald Reagan was challenging president Gerald Ford. Ford was ahead, Reagan came in and swept Texas and made it a contest all the way to the convention in Kansas City.