Morning Brief, Wednesday, February 6
Super Tuesday DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled roughly to a draw, while John McCain emerged as the clear Republican front runner after a strong showing by Mike Huckabee siphoned conservative votes from Mitt Romney. Here’s how it broke down: Clinton: AR, AZ, CA, MA, NY, NJ, OK, TN (8 states) ...
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled roughly to a draw, while John McCain emerged as the clear Republican front runner after a strong showing by Mike Huckabee siphoned conservative votes from Mitt Romney. Here’s how it broke down:
Clinton: AR, AZ, CA, MA, NY, NJ, OK, TN (8 states)
Obama: AK, AL, CT, CO, DE, GA, ID, IL, KS, MN, MO, ND, NM, UT (14 states)
Huckabee: AL, AR, GA, TN, WV (5 states)
McCain: AZ, CA, CT, DE, IL, MO, NJ, NY, OK (9 states)
Romney: CO, MA, MN, MT, ND, UT (6 states)
And here’s how the AP delegate count shakes out (these numbers could change):
The race was marred by deadly tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama.
With the Republican calendar now looking like a stampede for McCain, here’s what’s next for the Democrats: Louisiana, Nebraska, and Washington (Feb. 9), Maine (Feb. 10), Maryland, Virginia, and DC (Feb. 12), Wisconsin and Hawaii (Feb. 19), and Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont (Mar. 4).
Italy’s president dissolved the parliament. By law, a new election must follow within 70 days.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is urging NATO states to shoulder more of the burden in Afghanistan.
Rice also chided U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Zalmay Khalilzad for appearing on the same stage at Davos with the Iranian foreign minister.
Iraq is pushing for international investment in its oil sector despite not having a new revenue-sharing law.
The Sri Lankan government launched a new offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the country’s north.
Opium growth in Afghanistan is “alarming,” a new report by the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime says.
China says it has restored electricity to millions whose power was cut by last week’s storms.
U.S. stocks had their worst day of the year.
U.S. National Intelligence Directer Mike McConnell said that al Qaeda is boosting its capability to attack the United States.
The death toll from post-election violence in Kenya has surpassed 1,000.
- New Zealand celebrates its national day.
- It’s the U.N.’s International Day against Female Genital Mutilation.
- Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Christians.
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Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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