Results in today's Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary may have brought one party's nomination contest closer to resolution, but left the other party's contest no closer.
New York Senator Hillary Clinton has won today's Nevada Democratic caucuses. Following her victory in the New Hampshire primary ten days ago, Sen. Clinton seems to be beginning to gather momentum toward the nomination. (Disclosure: TER has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for President.) Sen. Clinton could make additional significant progress toward the nomination if she can follow up today's victory with victories in the 20 states that vote on "Super Tuesday," February 5.
On the Republican side, the Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary went as most polls said they would - victories by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Nevada and Arizona Senator John McCain in South Carolina. As TER noted yesterday, this result leaves the Republican nomination no closer to resolution than it was before. This leaves the "Super Tuesday" contests on February 5 as the next opportunity to move the GOP nomination toward resolution. If multiple candidates are still viable after "Super Tuesday," the prospect of a brokered - or even deadlocked - Republican convention becomes less improbable.