George Bush won three primaries and got 87 delegates to his opponent's 9 on Tuesday. Bill Clinton also won three primaries, but his opponents received the majority of delegates, 189-163. The Democratic presidential race remains a muddle.
Clearly, the Republicans know how to settle things early in their presidential primaries. In most states the party follows the winner-take-all formula of American tradition. Democrats use proportional representation in every state. That is why Governor Clinton, despite his victories Tuesday, despite the fact he has won primaries in the Northeast, the Middle West, the West and the South, must continue to campaign full tilt, probably enduring attacks from Democrats that will hurt him in November, for another two months.
If Democrats played by the winner-take-all rule, Governor Clinton would have counted about 1,830 delegates Tuesday night, instead of his 1,267. It takes 2,145 to be nominated. By yesterday, if Mr. Clinton had been only 300 votes away from nomination, you can be sure plenty of the 600 or so uncommitted super-delegates (officeholders and party officials who may support whomever they choose and who know how important it is to them to support a potential president early rather than late) would have rushed to get on the Clinton Express before it pulled out of the station.