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6:55 PM ET, February 6, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama claims delegate lead  —  In a surprise twist after a chaotic Super Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) passed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in network tallies of the number of delegates the candidates racked up last night.  —  Clinton was portrayed in many news accounts …
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The Politico:
Five reasons Hillary should be worried  —  Hillary Clinton survived a Super Tuesday scare.  But there are five big reasons the former first lady should be spooked by the current trajectory of the campaign.  —  Longtime Clinton friends say she recognizes the peril in careening between near …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Directly Attacks Bill's Presidency, Blames It For Massive Dem Losses  —  In what may be Obama's most direct and aggressive criticism of Bill Clinton's presidency yet, the Obama campaign dropped a new mailer just before Super Tuesday that blasts “the Clintons” for wreaking massive losses …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama, Clinton separated by 0.4 percent on Super Tuesday  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Just how sharply are Democrats divided between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?  —  Of all the votes cast on Super Tuesday for the two candidates nationwide, the two candidates are only separated by 0.4 of a percentage point.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Loaned Her Campaign $5 Million, Spokesperson Confirms  —  This morning, Mark Halperin floated an intriguing question: Are the Clintons financing Hillary's campaign with their own money?  —  Now the Clinton campaign has finally answered: Yes, they are.  Hillary spokesperson Howard Wolfson sends over the following:
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Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Weighs A Self-Loan To Finance Campaign  —  As first floated by The Page, I can confirm that, according to advisers to the campaign, Sen. Hillary Clinton is weighing a self-loan in order to finance a competitive race against Barack Obama over the next few weeks.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million  —  Senator Hillary Clinton confirmed at a press conference in Virginia this afternoon that she'd loaned her campaign $5 million, and said, “The results last night proved the wisdom of my investment..”  —  Spokesman Howard Wolfson emailed with the news minutes earlier:
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama on pace to raise $30 mil in Feb  —  Barack Obama's campaign is on track to raise another $30 million in February, sources close to the Illinois senator say, while Hillary Rodham Clinton's spokesman revealed Wednesday that she had loaned her campaign $5 million.
Discussion: The Page and Political Radar
Krooney / The Page:
Page Exclusive: Some Clinton Senior Staff Working Without Pay**
Discussion: MyDD and Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Loaned Herself $5M In January
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton Lent Campaign $5 Million, Considers More
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Seven Reasons To Support The GOP's Nominee  —  As of this morning, McCain has earned 615 delegates and 4,220,296 votes; Romney 268 delegates and 3,497,341 votes, and Huckabee 169 delegates and 2,232,530 votes.  —  Senator McCain has a clear path to the nomination, Romney a very uphill battle …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Feb. 3-5, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The increase in support for Hillary Clinton at the national level that Gallup saw in interviewing conducted Sunday and Monday continued in interviewing Tuesday night.
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
ONCE JOHN WINS, HE'LL MAKE A LEFT  —  RUNNING as a conserva tive, John McCain rolled up huge victories last night in New York, New Jersey and beyond.  —  But if history is any guide, the McCain we've seen of late on the campaign trail is the most conservative McCain we'll ever see.
Associated Press:
Haggard exits restoration process early  —  Recommend  —  New Life Church said Tuesday that former pastor Ted Haggard has prematurely ended a “spiritual restoration” process begun when he was fired for sexual misconduct.  —  Haggard was fired from New Life Church and resigned as president …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
McCain-Huckabee  —  The upsides are obvious.  They're the first- and third- best vote-getters in the Republican field.  Huckabee helps to make up for McCain's weakness with evangelical Protestants and, to a lesser extent, his weakness on domestic policy.  The most frequently mentioned downside …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Deacon / Power Line:
FOR THE REPUBLICANS, MOSTLY HAZARDS
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Josiah Ryan / CNSNews:
McCain Sends ‘Chill Down Spine,’ Reid Cites Cochran  —  On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the possibility of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) becoming president “sends a cold chill down my spine.”  —  Reid made his remarks Tuesday outside the Senate chambers …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Buchanan: John McCain ‘Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi’  —  On the NBC Today Show, liberal radio host Rachel Maddow, conservative pundit Pat Buchanan, and Democratic strategist Paul Begala discussed the importance of “change” in the upcoming election.  Voters want a “clean break from Bush,” argued Maddow.
Annie Sweeney / Chicago Sun Times:
Voters are told pen had ‘invisible ink’  —  When it comes to election shenanigans, Chicago has been accused of just about everything.  —  But invisible ink?  —  Twenty voters at a Far North Side precinct who found their ink pens not working were told by election judges not to worry.
Discussion: The New Editor
 
 
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