Valley Primary Votes

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

Republican Rudy Giuliani and Democrat John Edwards have dropped out of there respective party races. So with fewer choices for Valley voters, the question must be asked of who will get local support.

Bridgewater College Political Science Professor David McQuilkin says it's been an exciting day on the campaign.

"I think what we saw today with both Edwards and Giuliani are now clearly recognizing that they're not moving forward. They're moving backwards," says McQuilkin.

With a candidate down on both sides, Valley voters have fewer choices when the Virginia primary comes and McQuilkin says Virginia will still very much matter.

"I foresee frankly a race to the finish, down to the wire, quite possibly in both parties. So what we see here is only the beginning of a process that's going to last through the winter," says McQuilkin.

For those people that were supporting John Edwards, McQuilkin says he things many of them may be looking for sweeping change in the government, which might mean they will switch their support to Barack Obama.

McQuilkin also says he sees a potential split in voters who had supported Rudy Giuliani. He thing the more conservative and national-security-oriented will choose McCain.

"On the other hand, Giuliani has some rather moderate positions on social issues. So those delegates may gravitate towards Romney," says McQuilkin.

At the end of the day McQuilkin says any predictions are tough, because the race is so close.

"It's been a while since we've had one that's done that. Things can change. One of the candidates can get in a bandwagon type of effect and they could sweep into the convention unchallenged. I just don't see it at this point," says McQuilkin.


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