Tuesday a big day for nation, candidates

Published 12:01 am Sunday, February 3, 2008

Tuesday night, eyes will be glued to TV sets all across the country, wondering which one will get eliminated.

Will the real superstars standout? What about the “fringe” folks who charm your heart a bit, but you know have zero chance of making it.

Who will be the “real” American Idol?

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No, we’re not talking about Tuesday night’s latest episode of the FOX reality TV show “American Idol,” we’re talking about something much more important — the results of Super Tuesday.

More than 20 states will have their presidential political primaries on Tuesday.

With such a large bulk of delegates to the national party conventions on the line, Tuesday may wind up being “the” day for the presidential hopefuls.

As tight as both the Republican and Democratic races have been to this point, Super Tuesday may not end with a clear frontrunner.

If that’s the case, Mississippi and Louisiana — neither of which participates in Super Tuesday — could windup playing a bigger part in the process than normal. Usually, by the time our primaries roll around, the party selection process is, as they say around here, all over but the shoutin’.

But regardless of when the winners become clear, one thing is certain.

The winners will have much bigger impacts on our lives than the next person who gets the blessing of Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson over on the FOX channel.