Welcome to the latest edition of PoliticalDerby.com’s 2008 Power Rankings, the original tracking service in the current race for the White House. The rankings are updated as circumstances warrant and are compiled by our Editor and contributors using wire reports, polls, campaign staffer scuttlebutt and confidential tips.

The GOP Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: February 2, 2008
Power Ranking The Horse Mug Shot Momentum The Tip Sheet
1 John McCain McCain Up Many thought McCain was done after last summer’s immigration debate. He wasn’t. More suspected that despite a win in his adopted state of New Hampshire, the GOP in South Carolina would deep fry his hopes. They didn’t. Then even more predicted he’d fizzle in the first closed primary in Florida. Nope. J-Mac is now the undisputed front runner and is one Sweet Tuesday away from becoming the presumptive nominee. Is he still old, temperamental, chalky and full of himself? Absolutely.
2 Mitt Romney Romney Down She’s not singing yet, but the fat lady has been forcibly removed from Golden Corral and is gargling with warm salt water in the parking lot. Romney may have distracted her for a moment or two with a decent final debate performance, but it wasn’t enough. McCain played Dean Smith four-corners ball on the Iraq issue and Romney was trapped. Romney needs a big upset somewhere on Tuesday to push the race another week. Utah and Colorado won’t cut it.
3 Mike Huckabee Huckabee Even A month ago Huckabee was a legit contender. Now he’s not even a one-trick pony as his commanding grip on the evangelical vote has disappeared. He pulled 46-percent in Iowa and hasn’t come close to that number since. Sure, Huck could play a role on Time-to-Withdraw Tuesday in southern states, but only to the extent that he guarantees McCain the nomination by siphoning conservative votes from Romney. Judging from Huckabee’s love affair with his McDaddy, it seems he’ll be as satisfied with a McCain win as he would his own.
4 Ron Paul Paul Even Romney gets the most heat for raising and spending millions without much to show for it. Why does Dr. Paul escape such criticism? Paul topped the GOP field, raising almost $20 million in the fourth quarter and spending most of it. Now his web site boasts he’s raised another $5 million already in 2008. What has his impressive booty bought him? An anemic average of 5% of the vote. At least Romney has been burning his own cash.

The DEM Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: February 2, 2008
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet
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Hillary Clinton Clinton Even Hillary and Barack, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. The couple did everything in their Hollywood debate but make out like Jack and Rose. Memo to Hill: Put Obama away on Tasty Tuesday – or at least distance yourself – otherwise his momentum may catch and nip you in the next round of scattered primaries. Surely Bill has reminded her that their national lead continues to erode and Obama is making up ground in key states like California.
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Barack Obama Obama Even Doh! Played by the Clintons again, Barack has to wonder how he didn’t see Hillary’s Florida chess move coming. Sure, the delegates mean nothing today, but she could later succeed in seating them at the convention. And even if she doesn’t, Hillary ruled the news cycle and looked like a big winner to millions of news watchers that had no clue Florida was stripped of its delegates. Obama desperately needs to parlay his high profile endorsements by the Kennedys into votes and make their gamble pay off. Because let’s face it, they know people.
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