Lawton pundit analyzes Super Tuesday's turnout

Lawton_With "Super Tuesday" behind us, many voters are now wondering if any clear-cut frontrunners have emerged.

Although the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is still too close to call, it looks like popularity is growing for Republican frontrunner Senator John McCain.

Dr. Phil Simpson, a former political science professor at Cameron University, says the Republicans are falling behind when it comes to voicing their opinions in this election.  He says the low voter turnout didn't indicate a clear winner for the Republican party.  However, Democrats, more satisfied with their options, came out in numbers, ready to put eight years of the Bush Administration behind them.

Sampson says it seems the GOP is feeling discouraged.  "Republicans are demoralized right now because of the Bush Presidency and the Iraq war," he says.  They are kind of worn out trying to defend Bush."

On the other hand, he says Democrats are raring to go.  "The Republicans haven't been raising nearly as much money as the Democrats," he says.  Simpson says he doesn't believe McCain has secured the Republican Party's vote, though, since Romney has more financial support.  McCain, he says, has some personal liabilities, too.

"McCain is not as popular among the Republican Conservatives," says Simpson.  "That might depress turnout on the Republican side."  He says age might also play a factor.  "He's older.   He's 71.  So was Bob Dole, and in 1996 that didn't seem to cut very much mustard."

Simpson says the candidates on each side could run neck-and-neck all the way to the National Convention in Denver.  In the end, he says it should be an interesting race, especially with the Democrats trying to make history, either nominating a woman or an African-American.  Simpson says a McCain could be a tough customer, though.  "If McCain gets the nomination, it will be a good fight.  I think he'll be hard to beat by the Democrats."

Oklahoma election officials say Democrat Hillary Clinton, and Republican John McCain will gain the bulk of congressional votes after winning Tuesday's popular vote.  Clinton will receive 24 of the 38 Democratic delegates, leaving Obama with 14.   McCain will receive 32, leaving Huckabee with the remaining six Republican delegates.