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Super Tuesday could be most important day of campaign

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Tomorrow is Super Tuesday -- perhaps the most important day in campaign 2008 short of Election Day itself. You may be wondering how Super Tuesday got to be so super. The voters are talking and on this Super Tuesday In 1984, when nine lawmakers -- mostly from the south -- concocted Super Tuesday out of nine mostly southern states, they were aiming to give the south as a region more say in who becomes president. Twenty-four years later it's now up to 24 states and has the feel of something close to a national primary. From California to New York -- states that hold a third of the nation's population -- candidates are feverishly trying to gain influence, and for good reason. In 1988 key Super Tuesday victories helped seal the republican nomination for George H. W. Bush Big Super Tuesday gains also helped a young Arkansas governor named Bill Clinton in 1992. But he did not have to campaign in all the states his wife now will. Still, political junkies say the overall effect of Super Tuesday remains the same ABC News Political Director David Chalian said, "With so many millions voting on Super Tuesday on one day it will make primary history, and no one knows what the first day after super duper Tuesday is going to feel like either." Presidential historian Allan Lichtman said, "This is the most exciting Super Tuesday, certainly on the Democratic side. Rarely do you have two candidates, so strong, so different, so evenly matched, and with the outcome uncertain." February 5 brings with it the selection of more than half of the country's delegates on the democratic side and almost half on the republican side. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, Hillary Clinton nationally now holds just a four point edge over Barack Obama, 47 to 43 percent. John McCain's support now doubles that of Mitt Romney -- and Mike Huckabee trails with 16 percent. California is delegate rich and is critical for Obama and Clinton, but both senators stayed on the east coast, campaigning in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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