And Then? What Each of 3 Dem Results Would Mean

Parsing a Clinton sweep, an Obama sweep and a split
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 12:49 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – With polls still seesawing as voters pull their levers, maybe it’s best to stop predicting results, and start figuring out what they’ll mean. Adam Nagourney takes a shot in the New York Times:

  • A Hillary Clinton victory in both primaries could “change the world.” Indiana would be Barack Obama’s third consecutive loss due to a blue-collar gap, and the North Carolina result would be chalked up to Rev. Wright. Disaster for Obama.

  • A clean sweep for Obama “would almost certainly mean lights out” for his rival. It would take care of the Wright jitters, and make it “difficult to envision” how Clinton justifies staying in the race.
  • A split decision would change very little. It would only mean the clock ticks on for Hillary to show that she’s catching up in either pledged delegates or in the popular vote.