With John McCain chosen for months as the Republican
presidential nominee he is able to focus on addressing issues, traveling to states to speak and campaign for himself for the upcoming November election
while the Democratic candidates are still campaigning against each other for the much needed delegate votes of the few states still remaining to hold their primaries.
North Carolina (115 delegate votes) and Indiana (72 delegate votes) primaries
are being held today and could play either a big step in the final decision for the Democratic presidential nominee or the race could continue neck and neck for another few weeks. North Carolina and Indiana hold a combined total of 187 delegate votes. As it stands now, Hillary Clinton carries with her 1,602 delegate votes while Barack Obama maintains the lead with 1,735 delegate votes. Either candidate needs 2,025 votes to seal the nomination spot. It is speculated that if Obama wins both states, many of the 231 undecided super delegate votes will begin swinging in his favor and he will clutch the spot. However, if Clinton repeats her victory from two weeks ago, persuasion is most likely to happen in her favor helping her gain momentum to take the lead. A split outcome would leave both candidates running, campaigning
and waiting out time until the final June 3rd primaries in Montana and South Dakota.
Final primaries on the calendar include:
May 13th in West Virginia (28 delegate votes)
May 20th in Kentucky (51 delegate votes)
in Oregon (52 delegate votes)
June 1st in Puerto Rico (55 delegate votes)
June 3rd in Montana (16 delegate Votes)
in South Dakota (15 delegate Votes)