Five primaries into the 1992 presidential race, the Democrats have no clear idea who their nominee will be. This is not the way it was supposed to be. Fearful of a long, drawn-out, debilitating contest, like so many in the past have been, the Democrats "front-loaded" their delegate selection process this year. They hoped this would produce an early decision. Maryland moved to the third round, after New Hampshire and South Dakota, and along with Georgia, expecting that that would help.
Yet all yesterday's primaries may have done was help eliminate Sen. Paul Harkin of Iowa and Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska from contention. They did so poorly in Border Maryland, Deep South Georgia and the Mountain West that it is hard to take them seriously any more.
Except for his surprisingly strong showing in Colorado, Edmund G. Brown Jr., the politically eccentric former governor of California, would not be worth taking seriously, either. But he may have staying power in his West, in a narrowed field. He can't win, but he can quite possibly deny a pre-convention win to either of the now co-front-runners, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who won big in Georgia and did fairly well here, and Maryland's winner, Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts.