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7:00 PM ET, February 5, 2008


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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:
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.
Huckabee first on the board on Super Tuesday  —  (CNN) — Republican Mike Huckabee scored the first Super Tuesday victory, winning all 18 delegates at stake in West Virginia — partially with the help of Sen. John McCain's backers.  —  “It gives us some real wind to our backs as we go into tonight …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Rush Limbaugh *endorses Mitt Romney  —  Levin, Hannity, Ingraham and now Nobel nominee Rush Limbaugh (membership req'd): Big talk radio swings unanimously for Mitt Romney.  Rush makes several solid points that you've heard before, mostly regarding how McCain represents the GOP's national security wing …
Tom Searls / Charleston Gazette:
Huckabee wins W.Va. GOP convention  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee captured the 18 West Virginia delegates up for grabs at the state's Republican convention on Tuesday, the first of many presidential contests on Super Tuesday.  —  Huckabee won on the second ballot …
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Feb. 2-4, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama remain fairly closely matched in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences, although Clinton appears to have stopped Obama's momentum over the past two days.
Associated Press:
Early Feb. 5 Exit Poll Highlights
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney loses West Virginia!
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Mark Blumenthal /
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Penn: More debates!  (One on Fox!)  —  In a conference call with reporters, Clinton strategist Mark Penn announced that Clinton would like to face off against Obama in one debate every week between now and March 4.  —  “The campaign believes that it's critically important that we continue the debate …
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Die Has Been Cast  —  Like many I prefer McCain but will gladly support Romney if he wins the nomination.  His campaign ad here in California against Hillary's inexperience was excellent, and so was McCain's on his new views on illegal immigration.  —  But so far today I have gotten …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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 …
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