Perhaps it's easier to say who lost... Mitt Romney. Gone. Toast. So on the Republican side it is almost possible to say that McCain will now be the nominee. Mike Huckabee exceeded expectations and cemented himself as a player.
On the Democratic side both camps can make an argument for having won. Hillary Clinton bested Obama in California in part due to absentee ballots. The tide was turning to Obama but many people had already voted for Clinton by post. But Obama won more states and exceeded expectations in two thirds of them. The consensus among the pundits is that the situation is little clearer now than it was this time yesterday. So next week's primaries in the Washington DC area (Maryland & Virginia) take on add significance. Washington and Wisconsin follow a week later.
I have to say I was less excited last night than I expected to be. The TV coverage was dominated by 50-60 year old white men who could bore for America. There was no electric atmposphere at all. There were too many talking heads and not enough real psephological analysis on many of the channels. Karl Rove was the star of the night in my view. It was his debut as a pundit on Fox, and he did brilliantly. Clear, concise, eloquent - no posing.
Well I am about to head off for a tour of Congress, and then this afternoon I am interviewing Craig Fuller, who was chief of staff to George H W Bush.