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10:00 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 …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging the Sunshine Primary  —  MIAMI — Hello from the Sunshine State.  It's been a beautiful day here, with the sun shining and temperatures that shouldn't have stopped anybody from getting to the polls.  With the exception of the Panhandle, which is on Central time, the polls close here at 7 p.m.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   What Democratic Primary?  —  The Orlando Sentinel reports …
CNN:
Exit polls: Conservatives choose Romney over McCain
Discussion: The Swamp
Krooney / The Page:
A DEAL  —  SOURCES: Giuliani expected to endorse McCain, as early as Wednesday — in Los Angeles or Simi Valley.  —  Now that the Sunshine has set, two old friends come to an understanding.  —  McCain topper Rick Davis has quietly moved an agreement to near final.  —  Developing......
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Results: Floridamania! …
Discussion: CNN and Comments from Left Field
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Ridiculous Early Analysis  —  If the Florida results remain as close as the exit polls make it appear, nothing is going to be resolved tonight on the Republican side with the frontrunners.  If John McCain wins it by a point or two, he gets all the delegates and the headlines that he is the winner …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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You Decide 08!:
MCCAIN TRIUMPHS IN HARD-FOUGHT FLORIDA PRIMARY
Discussion: CNN, Pajamas Media and Marc Ambinder
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Florida Primary: What to Watch For Tonight
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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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Did Obama Hand the Clintons a Talking Point?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Commentary: Kennedy nod may be key for Hispanics  —  SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) — Sen. Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama's presidential campaign is hugely significant.  But not for the reasons that pundits suggest.  —  It's significant because Kennedy, and other Democratic leaders …
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Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Army Blocks Disability Paperwork Aid at Fort Drum  —  Listen Now  —  · Army officials in upstate New York instructed representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs not to help disabled soldiers at Fort Drum Army base with their military disability paperwork last year.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘El nos entiende’  —  Obama's up with this spot in Arizona and California, starring Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Chicago's Hispanic congressman.  —  But there's a hint of more to come: It opens with a still of Teddy Kennedy.  —  Earlier Spanish-language spots tried to make an immigrant connection …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Spin Cycle
xkcd:
Politics  —  Okay, politics time.  —  I'm a political junkie, but I've largely kept that out of xkcd (other than occasional cracks about science and net-related issues).  So this will be a one-time thing — after this post, you'll hear no more political advocacy on this site for the rest of the election.
Discussion: Corrente
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.
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Lieberman Rules Out Running With McCain  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who nearly won the vice presidency as a Democrat in 2000, says there's no way he'll be Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate should McCain become the party's presidential nominee.
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 …
Reuters:
Cannabis bigger cancer risk than cigarettes: study  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Smoking a joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes in terms of lung cancer risk, scientists in New Zealand have found, as they warned of an “epidemic” of lung cancers linked to cannabis.
 
 
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