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7:50 PM ET, January 29, 2008

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The Campaign Spot:
First (?) Wave of Florida Exits, Revealed  —  The first wave of exit poll numbers, including absentees: McCain 34.3 percent, Romney 32.6 percent, Giuliani 15.3 percent, Huckabee 12 percent.  —  UPDATE: Interestingly a second source — yes, guardians of the exit poll data …
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Robert Perez / Orlando Sentinel:
Area voters in Florida Primary are reporting problems at polls  —  One voter was told by poll workers there was no Democratic primary today  —  On Florida Primary day, voters are reporting problems across Central Florida from Daytona Beach to Hunter's Creek.
Associated Press:
Early FL exit poll highlights  —  Some highlights of preliminary data from exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in the Florida presidential primary Tuesday:  —  ___  —  RISING IMPORTANCE FOR FALLING ECONOMY  —  Given four choices, nearly half …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain 33, Romney 32?  —  That's what's going around as the early exits.
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Hillary's word: It's worth nothing  —  COURTING VOTERS in Iowa and New Hampshire, last August Sen. Hillary Clinton signed a pledge not to “campaign or participate” in the Michigan or Florida Democratic primaries.  She participated in both primaries and is campaigning in Florida.
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Marc Ambinder:
Tonight: Clinton Parties In Florida  —  Note: polls close in Florida at 7...and 8.  This event begins at 7.  —  Will this really help her?  She is going to be overshadowed tonight by the GOP contest.  This is would be like the New England Patiots celebrating a pre-season victory.  Weird.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A pro-Hillary robo-call in Florida  —  Hillary Clinton isn't campaigning in Florida, but one of her congressional allies has joined the unions supporting her in doing a bit of work on her behalf.  —  Rep. Corrine Brown placed a round of recorded calls to her Jacksonville constituents yesterday …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Washington Post / The Trail:
Richardson's Choice  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Bill Richardson's phone has been ringing off the hook.  Sen. Hillary Clinton called Sunday night.  That was followed by a call from former president Bill Clinton, then a call from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who's supporting Clinton.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Florida Primary: What to Watch For Tonight  —  Most polls will be closing in Florida at 7 p.m. ET, with some of the Panhandle counties not closing until 8 p.m. ET.  As you would expect, The Fix is chomping at the bit to find out what will happen in tonight's Republican primary showdown.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Accused Of Gay Baiting In Anti-Romney Attack  —  On the eve of the Florida Republican primary, Sen. John McCain launched a robo-call campaign attacking his rival Mitt Romney that some gay rights groups say amounts to gay baiting.  —  The call, which comes at the end of a hotly contested election …
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Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Mitt Shouldn't Get A Free Pass
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
More Florida spin  —  The Clinton campaign convened a conference call this afternoon to keep pushing its line on how much Florida matters.  —  We'll be able to judge their success with this spin, my colleague David Kuhn points out, in terms of whether the television networks pay much attention to Hillary's numbers tonight in Florida.
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Did Obama Hand the Clintons a Talking Point?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Issues Signing Statement On Defense Act, Waiving Ban On Permanent Bases In Iraq  —  President Bush yesterday signed the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act after initially rejecting Congress's first version because it would have allegedly opened the Iraqi government to “expensive lawsuits.”
Anne Applebaum / Slate:
Where Did All Those Gorgeous Russians Come From?  —  THE SAME PLACE AS THE UNGLAMOROUS ASSEMBLY-LINE WORKERS.  —  There was a particular historical moment, round about 1995 or so, when anyone entering a well-appointed drawing room, dining room, or restaurant in London was sure to encounter a beautiful Russian woman.
Paul Krugman:
An Iraq recession?  —  One thing I get asked fairly often is whether the Iraq war is responsible for our economic difficulties.  The answer (with slight qualifications) is no.  —  Just to be clear: I yield to nobody in my outrage over the way we were lied into a disastrous, unnecessary war.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Mitt'n'Mac  —  I think I agree with Andrew Stuttaford from a gazillion hours ago this morning - that the outcome hinges on what the Dems do.  If they nominate Obama, then (as Andrew says) it will be a “narrative” election.  If the GOP nominates McCain, then it's young, gifted and black vs old, cranky and weathered.
Confederate Yankee:
Media Still Trying to Martyr Obama  —  We've covered this ground before.  For reasons they will not openly disclose, media worldwide are hooked on the possibility that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama will be assassinated.  —  As noted by Mark Finkelstein this morning on Newsbusters …
MiamiHerald.com:
A few hours left — then Florida speaks  —  Now come the final waves of voters, and then the counting, the waiting, the victories and the defeats.  —  Election officials throughout the state prepared for the evening rush of voters eager to join the abundant number of Floridians casting ballots …
Discussion: Wonkette and Naked Politics
 
 
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