I resist predictions, as all sane people should after the New Hampshire primary, but I felt compelled to make a few observations before the Big Day.  


1) John McCain has another good night.


1) It will be a draw between Hillary and Barack, deciding little.

2) Should Hillary Clinton prevail, she can thank early voters who also chose her in Florida; Obama has only recently broken through. She will also thank Latinos and the more than 60 percent of primary voters who are women. The lock the Clintons have on the Latino vote is formidable, and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFive things to know about Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for State Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Texas warehouse where migrants housed in 'cages' closed for humane renovation MORE cannot hope to overcome it.

3) If Obama prevails, it will be because he was better organized and his campaign infiltrated Super Tuesday states before the Clinton campaign did. It will also mean his Sister Surrogate Tour (Caroline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, et al) made an impressive dent with women voters, peeling them from Clinton.

4) No matter what Clinton wins — popular vote, delegate count, number of states — look to her campaign to spin her win as the most important as they live to fight another day no matter what the outcome.

5) No matter what Obama wins, watch him tout his red-state victories and his diverse and bipartisan coalition of voters.

Finally, No. 6 is the bottom line here — an extended race benefits Obama. I agree with The Washington Post's David Broder, who wrote over the weekend that the longer the race goes on, the more the hunger builds. If you watch the movement in the polls you can see that if we were waiting for Super Sunday in another five days Clinton could be in real trouble. But from a strategic standpoint, any validation Obama earns on Super Tuesday will likely grow the giddy exodus party insiders are making from Camp Clinton. There was far more Clinton fatigue there than we realized. But more importantly, Obama's ability to clear each hurdle (electability, financial prowess, establishment approval), not to mention his ability to draw a crowd of 15,000 in Idaho this week — yes, Idaho — is quite legitimizing. Just ask Ethel Kennedy, the first lady of California (Maria Shriver) or Clinton supporter Rep. Charles Rangel's (D-N.Y.) wife Alma, who all endorsed Obama this week.

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