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10:50 PM ET, January 29, 2008

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Krooney / The Page:
THE “STOP ROMNEY” COALITION  —  Giuliani plans to endorse McCain Wednesday in California.  —  Now that the Sunshine has set, two old friends come to an understanding.  —  McCain topper Rick Davis quietly negotiated the agreement.  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE: 10 things Giuliani could have done differently.
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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
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
What Democratic Primary?  —  The Orlando Sentinel reports …
Discussion: D-Day
CNN:
Exit polls: Conservatives choose Romney over McCain
Discussion: The Swamp
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  —  John McCain pulled out a win in a squeaker of a Republican presidential primary contest in Florida Tuesday, besting archrival Mitt Romney and leaving Rudy Giuliani's presidential ambitions in doubt.  —  Hillary Clinton also handily won the largely ceremonial Democratic contest.
CNN:
McCain wins GOP primary in Florida, CNN projects
Discussion: Truthdig and Marc Ambinder
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Giuliani to Drop Out, Endorse McCain
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Accused Of Gay Baiting In Anti-Romney Attack
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Mitt Shouldn't Get A Free Pass
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
The Corner:
It's All Over  —  Assuming there is no shocking revelation or health issue, the GOP nomination is over.  Conservatives need to start practicing the phrase “Nominee presumptive John McCa....."  —  Sorry, I can't say it.  Not yet.  —  But it's true.  When the campaign comes here to Massachusetts …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Babalu Blog
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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Faiz / Think Progress:
Scarborough: McCain's Platform Is ‘Less Jobs And More Wars’  —  During the coverage of this evening's Florida primary results, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough discussed the impact of John McCain's victory with Pat Buchanan.  The Republican establishment will rally around McCain and say “he's the guy …
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.
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
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.
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
 
 
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McCAIN'S BASE PROBLEM....I'm not saying anything here that we …
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Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Archbishop of Canterbury calls for new law to punish ‘thoughtless or cruel’ words
Julian Sanchez / Notes from the Lounge:
Rogering the Constitution  —  I can already hear the talking point …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
15 Day Extension on FISA  —  It's being reported in the comments …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker, Salon and D-Day
Cliff May / The Corner:
Re: Re: A Simple Warning
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 Earlier Items: 
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Florida Primary Results: First Live Thread
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
I Have Questions for Barack Obama
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain 33, Romney 32?  —  That's what's going around as the early exits.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Mitt'n'Mac  —  I think I agree with Andrew Stuttaford …
Paul Krugman:
An Iraq recession?  —  One thing I get asked fairly often …