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8:25 PM ET, February 5, 2008

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The Campaign Spot:
The Great Big Early Exit Poll Report  —  I just got a big pile of exit poll data.  —  The early wave in California: McCain 40 percent, Romney 36 percent, Huckabee 10 percent.  —  Fascinating and fun as it is, I remind my readers that this doesn't tell us that much, as we don't know what the district-by-district breakdown is.
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Mitt Romney For President News:
Campaign Manager Beth Myers On The West Virginia Convention  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Boston, MA - Today, Romney for President Campaign Manager Beth Myers issued the following statement regarding the outcome of West Virginia's Republican Party convention:
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Early Exit Poll Rumors  —  (See the Republican numbers here - promoted by Chris Bowers)  —  Here you go.  I have no idea how reliable these are.  —  The Obama victories are bolded.  If these are real, Obama has thrashed Clinton today.  —  Georgia: Obama 75, Clinton 26  —  Connecticut: Obama 52, Clinton 45
CNN:
Obama wins Georgia, CNN projects  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama will win Georgia's Democratic primary, CNN projects, but the Republican race there is too close to call.  —  Early results showed Obama with a 2-1 lead over rival Hillary Clinton in the first state to close its polls.
Marc Ambinder:
West Virginia Intrigue  —  After the first round of balloting in West Virginia, Mitt Romney was solidly in the lead with 41% of the votes, followed by Mike Huckabee with 33% and John McCain with 16%.  —  Since 50% is needed to win all 18 delegates, a second balloting is underway.
Associated Press:
Early Feb. 5 Exit Poll Highlights  —  Highlights from preliminary results of exit polling in the Super Tuesday primary states for The Associated Press and television networks:  —  RACE AND GENDER  —  In the Democratic races, Barack Obama led among black voters and Hillary Rodham Clinton led among Hispanic voters.
You Decide 08!:
HUCKABEE WINS WEST VIRGINIA GOP CONTEST IN SECOND ROUND, WITH HELP FROM MCCAIN  —  Mike Huckabee won the first of 21 states being contested by the Republican presidential candidates on Super Tuesday, pulling out a victory in the West Virginia Republican convention.
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
LOOKING FOR SUPER TUESDAY EXIT POLLS?
CNN:
Schneider: Conservatives seem split, Could be long night for Dems
Suzanne Smalley / Newsweek:
Romney, Running Uphill
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
Limbaugh Defends Clinton and Obama on Iraq  —  Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is so exasperated about Senator McCain's surge in the Republican presidential contest that he is coming to the defense of Senators Clinton and Obama.  —  On Mr. Limbaugh's program today, he said people should not be rushing …
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Bryan / Hot Air:
Rush Limbaugh *endorses Mitt Romney
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Dobson: I Will Never Support McCain
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Coming Meltdown For The Democrats
Discussion: Open Left and The Campaign Spot
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Whither Limbaugh and Coulter Goest...
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEM EXITS, SECOND WAVE  —  These are the second wave exits.  Not certain whether or not they're weighted.  Assume they're not.  —  GA: C- 25.5, O - 75  —  CT: C - 45, O - 52.2  —  IL: C - 29.1, O - 69.6  —  AL: C - 37, O - 59.6  —  DE: C - 41.9, O - 55.6
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Marc Ambinder:   A Note On Exit Polls
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Obama Overwhelmingly Wins Georgia Primary  —  Democratic White House Contenders Aim for Votes, Delegates in 22 States  —  In the first win of what is expected to be a long night, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in Georgia, a key Southern state …
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Live Coverage:
Obama Wins in Illinois and Georgia
Discussion: Hotline On Call
CBS News:
Obama Defeats Clinton In Georgia Primary
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Spin Cycle
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Accepts Fox News Debate  —  Risking the ire of progressive activists, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that it has accepted a debate to air on Fox News on February 11, according to her chief strategist Mark Penn.  —  “There is an enormous interest in these debates an clamoring …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Penn: More debates! (One on Fox!)
Discussion: The Field
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Intelligence Chief Cites Qaeda Threat to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — The top American intelligence official said on Tuesday that Al Qaeda is improving its ability to attack within the United States by recruiting and training new operatives.  At the same time, he said, the group's affiliate in Iraq …
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Ben / Think Progress:
Anti-War Candidates Are Top Recipients Of '08 Donations From U.S. Troops  —  Conservatives opposed to redeployment in Iraq have consistently claimed that U.S. troops are on their side: … Yet U.S. troops disagree.  Yesterday, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that members …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fourth undersea cable cut near UAE, suspicions rise  —  For the fourth time in a week, an undersea communications cable has apparently been cut (or “failed due to a power outage,” as some sources suggest), and while no official reports of subversion have surfaced just yet, things are beginning to get suspicious.
 
 
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Conservatives Dropped the Ball
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