Super Tuesday May Be Super Confused

40% of voters will pick, but race could stay muddled
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 7:01 PM CST
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(Newser) – Some 70 million voters in 24 states will make their presidential primary picks in two weeks, but pundits doubt whether Super Tuesday will resolve 2008's muddled race in either party, McClatchy Newspapers report. "No one has ever seen anything like this," said one Bush-Cheney adviser. A political science professor conceded: "We're in uncharted territory."

What actually happens Feb. 5? State rules are so complicated that no one knows how many delegates will even be divvied up. The Dems give each hopeful their percentage share of delegates; the GOP prefers winner-take-all contests that give a state to each winner. Either system could result in a deadlock. "Maybe the late primary states will actually have some clout for once," one analyst said.