Contests Underscore Hard-to-Heal Divisions

Democratic, GOP leaders must unite divided party before winning heart of the nation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 2:47 PM CST
Long lines of voters wind through the parking lot at Laveen Baptist Church as they wait to vote, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in Laveen, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Super Tuesday results highlighted the deep divides between voters on both the Democratic and Republican sides, Politico points out. Race and gender divided Dems, while the GOP is clearly splitting into hard-line conservatives versus the rest of the party. White women and Latinos went for Clinton, while white men and African Americans widely favored Obama.

On the Republican side, the crevasse opening between the very conservative and the rest is so deep that some say they'd rather lose the White House than see a moderate take up residence. Any candidate hoping to unite a country divided by the Bush presidency will first face the daunting task of uniting his or her own party, warns Maureen Dowd in the New York Times.