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3:55 PM ET, May 7, 2008

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Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Ugly truth why Hillary Clinton won't quit  —  While the case for Hillary Clinton to stay in the race is shakier than ever, one ugly reason for staying in could be found Tuesday amid the ruddy, sun-kissed Hoosiers who cheered her on to victory at the Indianapolis Speedway.
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Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Obama, Clinton each pick up superdelegate  —  Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton each picked up the support of a superdelegate from North Carolina in the wake of Tuesday's presidential primary.  —  State Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek said he will support Obama, who carried North Carolina in the primary.
New York Times:
Clinton to Fight On Despite Split Result  —  With her hopes for a shift in campaign momentum deflated by Senator Barack Obama's commanding victory in North Carolina on Tuesday, his strong showing in Indiana and signs of mounting financial problems, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton nonetheless vowed to fight on …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Announces 3 Superdelegates  —  From this point forward in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, the fight between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will be boiled down to a day-by-day accounting of superdelegates.  —  Today, in the wake of the North Carolina …
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
AP: Clinton loaned herself $6.4m  —  INDIANAPOLIS — The Associated Press has confirmed this morning what many have been wondering in recent days: that Hillary Clinton, short on cash, long on debts, and facing a steep climb to the Democratic nomination, loaned herself another $6.4 million over the past month.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hillary and Bill Clinton in defeat and victory: When pictures tell the story  —  Just look at his face!  —  Doesn't William Jefferson Clinton look absolutely delighted with his wife's Democratic presidential primary victory in Indiana?  —  Sure the Clinton campaign (Hillary's) had hoped to do much better in North Carolina.
Discussion: Power Line and PoliBlog (TM)
Dennis Gale / Associated Press:
McGovern, former Clinton backer, endorses Obama  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Former Sen. George McGovern, an early supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, urged her to drop out of the Democratic presidential race and endorsed her rival, Barack Obama.  —  After watching the returns from the North Carolina …
Discussion: Shakesville and Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Wins; How Does Clinton Lose?  —  Barack Obama is, by almost every measure and by almost every unmeasurable impression, on the precipice of being able to declare victory and have his declaration be accepted by the media and his party.  Hillary Clinton needed to find a way to give superdelegates their …
New York Times:
Senator Clinton's Remarks in Ind.  —  The following is a transcript of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's remarks to supporters after the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, as provided by CQ Transcriptions, Inc.  —  SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Thank you so much.  Thank you, Indiana.  Thank you.
Manu Raju / The Hill:   Feinstein to ask Clinton for her primary game plan
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Memo to Superdelegates
Discussion: Althouse and American Street
Christopher Hitchens / Mirror.co.uk:
Christopher Hitchens on Barack Obama's latest primary victory
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE GAME CHANGER
Discussion: Open Left and Spin Cycle
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Garin: Clinton won the white vote
Discussion: The Swamp and New York Times
Dennis Gale / Time:
McGovern, Former Clinton backer, Urges Her to Drop Out
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Will Drop Out by June 15  —  A senior campaign official and Clinton confidante has told me that there will be a Democratic nominee by June 15.  He could not bring himself to say the words “Hillary will drop out by June 15,” but that is clearly what he meant.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
GOP leaders warn of election disaster  —  Shellshocked House Republicans got warnings from leaders past and present Tuesday: Your party's message isn't good enough to prevent disaster in November, and neither is the NRCC's money.  —  The double shot of bad news had one veteran Republican …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama victory call: Obama's strength, and Limbaugh's  —  David Plouffe and a series of big gun endorsers are holding a conference call to stress the scale of last night's victory.  —  “He clearly did more than he had to and she did not achieve what she had to,” said Senator John Kerry.
Discussion: Trailhead and Hot Air
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama camp: ‘we can see the finish line’
Discussion: The Page
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Beats McCain Among Jewish Voters  —  Trails Clinton by slim margin among Jewish Democrats for the nomination  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama is faring better than might be expected among Jewish voters, beating John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily general-election matchups …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Just Can't Shake That Nazi Party Hangover  —  Tough news last night in the closely watched Republican primary in Indiana's 2nd Congressional District.  —  Loop favorite Tony Zirkle, who had lost two primaries to former congressman Chris Chocola— albeit with 30 percent of the vote …
James Kirchick / The Politico:
Liberals' new cause: Religious extremism  —  Open the pages of a liberal magazine or peruse the liberal blogosphere, and you're bound to come across denunciations of the religious right, if not religion itself.  The “reality-based community,” as self-satisfied liberal bloggers call themselves …
Discussion: Dean's World
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Preview  —  If you want to know what Hillary's strategist, Harold Ickes, might whisper in the ears of superdelegates if she decides to stay in and fight, here is a good taste.  Nothing quite beats Paul Begala lecturing Donna Brazile that Democrats can't win with a coalition of “eggheads and African Americans.”
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Pundits Declare the Race Over  —  Very early this morning, after many voters had already gone to sleep, the conventional wisdom of the elite political pundit class that resides on television shifted hard, and possibly irretrievably, against Senator Hillary Clinton's continued viability as a presidential candidate.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Trailhead, Gawker and BlueOregon
 
 
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