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Feb.5 states = the states which will hold convention on Feb.5?

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National party strategist Alex Vogel, who is neutral in the race, said McCain had a "seemingly insurmountable lead" in California polls and was strong in New York, New Jersey and other Feb. 5 states even before Tuesday. The Florida win makes him "virtually impossible to beat," he said.
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Feb. 5 is the day when 22 states hold Democratic presidential nominating contests
Feebs11Feb. 5 is the day when 22 states hold Democratic presidential nominating contests
And Republican.
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It's called "Super Tuesday." I've never seen "Feb. 5 states" used that way before.
Barb, I'd never seen it either, but just this minute I logged on to Slate and read this in an article posted today: "Meanwhile, the Democrats still in the race continue to visit Feb. 5 states. Hillary Clinton is in Georgia and Arkansas, while Barack Obama is in Colorado and Arizona."

Is this some kind of new wave? Did the media all decide they were sick of Super Tuesday, the way that Philip is sick of "at the end of the day"?
I wonder whether "Feb.5 states" was used that way to emphasize the fact that Florida held its primary elections just ahead of Super Tuesday, and the Florida results in essence give the winners added momentum going into the Super Tuesday primaries.

I'd also thought that maybe the text was from an international news report, and they thought people outside the US would not understand "Super Tuesday". Heck, there are probably some Americans who don't know when "Super Tuesday" is. Emotion: wink
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I'd be willing to be that more Americans know when the Superbowl is than Super Tuesday.

BTW, Edwards dropped out today. The Democrats are now down to a two-way race.
YankeeI wonder whether "Feb.5 states" was used that way to emphasize the fact that Florida held its primary elections just ahead of Super Tuesday, and the Florida results in essence give the winners added momentum going into the Super Tuesday primaries.

I'd also thought that maybe the text was from an international news report, and they thought people outside the US would not understand "Super Tuesday". Heck, there are probably some Americans who don't know when "Super Tuesday" is. Emotion: wink

And it's not entirely their fault! To my dismay, MSNBC (a 24-hour national news station) has been using "Super Tuesday" every week for quite some time now, as they focus almost entirely on the elections that day of the week. They (and perhaps others) have substituted "Mega-Tuesday" to refer to Feb. 5th. [Ah, the power of the Fifth Estate!]
Which reminds me, I have to go vote! Mobile County has special dispensation to vote today instead of the 5th, since we will be busy celebrating Mardi Gras that day Emotion: smile
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