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Results of SuperTuesday Voting

Bernie Sanders won four of the states that had either caucuses or primaries on Tuesday. March 1st . The fifth state that he had hoped to win --Massachusetts -- Clinton won in a squeaker. Final tally not yet in.

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However, the seven states that Clinton won does not a general-election-winner make. At least five of the states -- Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas are Republican -- red -- states. Virginia is a maybe with Massachusetts a solid blue.

So the newspapers and TV networks that are bloviating about this being a huge victory for Clinton, claiming that she can win in all voting categories simply reveals their bias. This was no firewall.

There are even calls for Bernie to drop out. Yet three of the four states that he won are blue -- Vermont, of course, was a blowout where he got more than 85% of the vote, Minneapolis, and Colorado. Oklahoma is usually a red state. Can Hillary win a general election if she cannot win blue states?

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Some delegate counts include Superdelegates. These should really be added after the primaries have been concluded.

Thirty-five other states have not yet voted plus the non-state places like the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Democrats living abroad have another week to tally their votes.

Was It Illegal?

The Boston Globe and some Internet news sites reported on Bill Clinton's questionable activities in Boston on Tuesday. People began reporting Tuesday evening that the former president, accompanied by Mayor Marty Walsh, had been going into polls and chatting with voters.

State law is very clear that there can be no campaigning of any kind within 150 feet of a polling place. Voters are not even allowed to wear a political button that is visible on a jacket or backpack. Will a former president or a mayor be charged with violating the law? Or is it just ordinary people that can't do this?

Michael Whouley is the go-to-guy for a Democratic candidate whose campaign is in trouble. John Kerry called on him in 2004 when he faced the prospect of losing in Iowa. One wonders whether he was behind persuading outgoing Senator Harry Reid to call casino owners in Las Vagas to ask them to hold caucuses in their casinos when it looked like Sanders would win there. Their employees would be able to participate in a caucus and still be paid for this off-duty time. CNN's Wolf Blitzer reminded viewers that Las Vegas was a Clinton stronghold and, sure enough, Las Vegas put her over the top in Nevada. But not by much.

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Whouley has a consulting firm in Boston. Could it be that he persuaded Bill that visiting polls on Election Day would be a help to his wife in a close race?

Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan on Sunday, March 6 th

CNN will air the debate, one of three add-ons after protests forced the DNC to schedule more than the paltry six. Chuck Todd will probably be one of the moderators.

Caucuses and Primaries Coming Up

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