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7:55 PM ET, February 3, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Two days before the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, Gallup Poll Daily tracking data show Hillary Clinton (46%) and Barack Obama (44%) in a statistical dead heat …
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John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
State poll shows huge gains by Obama, McCain  —  A startling surge of support for Barack Obama has catapulted the Illinois senator into a virtual tie with Hillary Rodham Clinton in California's Democratic presidential primary, a Field Poll released Saturday shows.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Zogby: Obama, Romney Ahead In California  —  A new Zogby poll in California — a state that may well decide the direction of the Democratic race — shows Barack Obama taking a small lead over Hillary Clinton, within the margin of error.  Obama has 45% to Clinton's 41%, with Obama's 20-point …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton, McCain lead in bellwether Super Tuesday states  —  WASHINGTON — Republican John McCain leads in all four corners of the country heading into a rush of primaries on Tuesday, while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were locked in a close struggle for delegates coast to coast …
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Pro-Clinton push poll erupts in California  —  Ed Coghlan was just starting to prepare his dinner in the northern San Fernando Valley the other night when the phone rang.  The caller was very friendly.  He identified himself as a pollster who wanted to ask registered independents …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
BULLETIN: California's First Lady Maria Shriver Endorses Barack Obama (UPDATED)  —  California's first lady Maria Shriver has just appeared as a special surprise guest at the rally for Barack Obama in Los Angeles to endorse him for President.  It was aired live on CSPAN.  —  “I wasn't on the schedule,” she said.
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Scott Martelle / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Maria Shriver endorses Barack Obama  —  In a dramatic moment at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, California First Lady Maria Shriver just strode out onto a stage that had already seen its share of celebrities — Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder among them — and announced that she was joining …
Kate Michelman / The Huffington Post:
Why I'm Endorsing Barack Obama  —  The question I have been asking myself and others during my entire life in public policy and throughout this 2008 presidential Campaign — the question which tens of millions of women and men have also been asking — is how do we best bring America together …
Discussion: Political Radar
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Oprah, Stevie Wonder, Maria Shriver pitch Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
The blogs less traveled...  So many folks email me or ask me in person how PHB gained its readership.  There are lots of factors —  * timing: since the launch on July 2004, blogs have grown at an exponential rate;  —  * blogwhoring or diaries at larger blogs: in the comments at Americablog …
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Carl / The Reaction:
Because I'm B.A.D., ya know it!  —  Today is the anniversary of a dark day in Blogtopia (© Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo).  —  One year ago, Atrios (also known as Duncan Hunter), proprietor of the feebly-written (except for his co-bloggers) blog, “Eschaton,” decided to trim his blogroll for...well, his own reasons.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Unbelievable and Assaultive Strip Search on an Innocent Woman  —  Raw Story: (h/t Existentialist Cowboy)
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
What These Eyes Have Seen  —  He's endured the unendurable, and survived.  Inside the mind and heart of John McCain. … During the 2000 election, Republican smear artists trying to stop the presidential campaign of John McCain spread rumors that the former POW was “nuts” because he had been …
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Ross Douthat:
A Romney Comeback?  —  Not likely.  But neither is Hugh Hewitt being delusional when he throws out Rasmussen numbers showing Romney gaining in places like Tennessee and Missouri, California and Georgia.  So far, the Republican primary campaign has demonstrated fairly emphatically …
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Patrick Ruffini / Townhall.com:
Older Belligerent Men
Discussion: American Spectator
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Latest on Gore  —  According to a source close to Al Gore, multiple people in the former VP's orbit are in touch with him on a regular basis to urge an Obama endorsement.  According to this source, Gore's hesitation is three-fold:  —  1.)  The memory of the ill-fated Dean endorsement looms large for him.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Kristol: White women are a problem  —  The neocon warmonger speaks.  With Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton locked in a very good battle leading up to Super Tuesday, Kristol makes this misogynistic quote:  —  BILL KRISTOL: Look the only people for Hillary Clinton are the Democratic establishment …
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Lipinski Attacks OpenLeft, Pera Donors, With a Barrage of Cliches  —  Rick Perlstein has a great piece on how we're not about to get beyond the 1960s.  Apparently Dan Lipinski's campaign read the article, because here's a flyer they are circulating attacking us as dirty hippies.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
A Primer on the All-Important Role of Delegates  —  In the early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, the presidential candidates pushed hard for victories that would yield few delegates but garner them momentum and media buzz, and separate them from the rest of the pack.
 
 
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