It's here. Super Tuesday has arrived. From Connecticut to Georgia to New York to California, voters will be heading to the polls in what is virtually the first nationwide primary—with contests in 24 states overall scheduled today. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are neck and neck and will be fighting down to the last delegate for the Democratic nomination. Republican John McCain, who has emerged as the GOP front-runner, is hoping to quash the hopes of rivals Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee and seal the deal for his party's nomination after today's series of primaries and caucuses.
And while political junkies will be anticipating Super Tuesday results tonight, revelers in New Orleans will be celebrating their favorite time of year: Mardi Gras. The celebration is highlighted by 12 days of parades and parties, with family-friendly parades in the suburbs and uptown and debauchery and heavy drinking in the French Quarter. While there have been several occurrences of violence during this year's celebration, for the most part, Mardi Gras has bounced back since Hurricane Katrina submerged 80 percent of New Orleans in 2005.
Congressional Democrats, looking forward to having a new occupant in the White House next year, have already pushed aside President Bush's budget proposal, which the president unveiled yesterday. Democrats said his proposals to rein in spending on programs wouldn't happen. They plan to put together their own model over the next few weeks.