The Deep South primaries are only the end of the beginning

Many pundits are hyping Tuesday's races as the most important of the campaign. But really, we're just getting warmed up

Edward Morrissey

Tonight, voters in Alabama and Mississippi trudge to the polls, while voters in Hawaii and American Samoa enjoy better weather on their way to their own caucuses to choose a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. This will undoubtedly be The Most Important Night of the Campaign, at least since the previous Most Important Night of the Campaign, and perhaps even until the next Most Important Night of the Campaign. Those following the nomination sweepstakes will be advised to stick closely to their televisions and radios lest they miss that moment when the number of precincts reporting goes from 23 percent to 25 percent, or they will miss A Very Critical Point in the evening.

Sound familiar? We have heard the same advice since the Iowa caucuses, and never as much as a week ago, when Super Tuesday was built up as the make-or-break moment in the campaign. And yet, all four Republican candidates remain active on the trail, making their pitch to voters and strategizing in both private and public about how to win the nomination, despite long odds for some. Nothing much changed after any of these nights, and nothing much may change after tonight, either.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.