I've thought of McCain as the front-runner, even after Michigan, and I expected Romney to win Nevada, so I didn't expect to be impressed. But I am impressed that he's running away with it (55%, so far, with second place around 15%). It will be interesting to see how respectable his South Carolina showing is. His national poll numbers aren't very good (which is the main reason I've thought of McCain as the front-runner, even with Romney leading the delegate count, even ignoring Wyoming).
Saturday, January 19, 2008 :::
UPDATE at 8:50 EST: It's too early to say, which, it turns out, won't stop me: it looks like McCain will win or come very, very close and like Romney will place fourth. I wonder whether Romney would be better off asking his supporters in (winner-take-all) Florida to vote for Giuliani. Romney does have a shot at winning Florida, but not much of one, and if McCain wins Florida, I think anyone who prefers McCain to both Obama and Clinton should stop saying bad things about him in public until November 5.
Mind you, I know some people will be stocking up.
UPDATE at 9:25 EST: They're calling it for McCain. Mort Kondracke: "His fellow old people voted for him."
::: posted by Steven at 3:52 PM