Polls Spell Defeat for Outsiders in White House Race ; Super Tuesday: Voters Set to Confirm Vice-President Al Gore and George W Bush as the Candidates in November's Race to Succeed Clinton
Dejevsky, Mary, The Independent (London, England)
THE PRESIDENTIAL insurgencies of John McCain and Bill Bradley were fizzling out last night, so ending the most exciting and least predictable week of the election campaign so far. Early exit polls from the Super Tuesday primaries indicated that neither had managed to inflict an upset on the front-runners, George W Bush and Vice- President Al Gore. They were reported to have placed on hold further television advertising for Friday's mid-Western primaries and next week's southern contests.
The same polls showed that Mr McCain was still in contention in the state of New York and was holding his own in the popular vote in California (which does not count towards winning convention delegates). His hopes of winning a clean sweep across the New England states or closing the gap with Mr Bush in the key mid-West state of Ohio, however, had not been fulfilled.
Mr Bradley, who made an early morning appearance to meet and greet commuters in central Manhattan, had clearly all but written off his prospects even then, and the many who took a detour to shake his hand seemed to know that they were bidding him farewell rather than God Speed to the White House.
And while the former New Jersey senator and former player for the New York Knicks basketball team had a "victory" party planned for New York City last night, he was said to have set aside today for consultations with his staff - consultations likely to leave Mr Gore the de facto Democratic nominee. Mr McCain had also set aside today for a retreat with his family and closest advisers at his ranch in Arizona.
The front-runners' confidence could be gauged by arrangements for their victory parties. …