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3:40 AM ET, February 6, 2008


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Clinton, McCain claim California, CNN projects  —  (CNN) — Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain will win California, Super Tuesday's biggest prize, CNN projects.  —  McCain padded his lead in the Republican presidential race, capped by taking California's 170 delegates.
Clinton, Obama split spoils  —  But party's delegate rules mean Democratic race to end up virtually tied  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton greets supports as she enters her Super Tuesday primary night rally in New York.  —  NBC News and MSNBC  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York won …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Coming Meltdown For The Democrats
Mitt Romney For President News:
Campaign Manager Beth Myers On The West Virginia Convention
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Analysis: Clinton and Obama Start Anew
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
The Campaign Spot:
Latest Exits Include One Massive ‘Wow.’ I Mean, ‘WOW.’  —  Here's a later round of exits.  It includes an absolute shocker that, I suspect, will have Hugh Hewitt jumping out of his chair...  Arizona: McCain 36 percent, Romney 36 percent, Huckabee 7 percent.
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
The Politico:
Berman's count: 606-534  —  David Plouffe, on a conference call just now, offered the Obama campaign's estimate of where they stand at this moment in terms of delegates.  —  “We are, in terms of delegates, ahead currently: about 606 to 534, in terms of pledged delegates awarded tonight,” he said.
Ari Melber / The Nation:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN PROJECTS 72 DELEGATE LEAD (FOR NOW)...  Barack Obama's presidential campaign is claiming an early lead in pledged delegates for Super Tuesday.  —  In a media conference call at 10:30pm, Campaign Manager David Plouffe estimated that Obama leads Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates by 606 to 534.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Live Coverage and Spin Cycle
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: The Die Has Been Cast  —  Remember the Clinton years?  We should — we may be on the verge of reliving them.  But I recall being most frustrated when some anti-Clinton zealot would claim the president had ordered an assassination or run cocaine through Mena Airport.
Discussion: TBogg
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Die Has Been Cast
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
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The morning after  —  I think John O'Sullivan is right.  There was an explicit anti-Romney vote in the south.  A mere month ago, in the wake of Iowa and New Hampshire, I received a ton of emails from southern readers saying these pansy northern states weren't the “real” conservative heartland …
Mark Blumenthal /
SUPER TUESDAY LIVE BLOGGING  —  We are live blogging tonight and posting the most recent estimates for each race derived from the official public exit poll tabulations as they are posted online.  The table will update regularly (though you will need to reload the page to see updates) …
CIA Chief: We Waterboarded  —  Gen. Hayden Confirms the Agency Waterboarded Three ‘High-Value’ Detainees  —  CIA director Michael Hayden confirmed in an open session of Congress Tuesday his agency's use of an interrogation technique many consider torture — a technique at the center …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CALIFORNIA....Hmmm.  Exit polling suggests that Hillary Clinton won California by seven points, 51-44.  If she won the absentee ballot race even more strongly, she'll beat Obama by 10 points or more.  —  More broadly, it's a little surprising that there have been so many big victories tonight on the Democratic side.
Discussion: The Opinionator
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
No-Mentum, Democrat-Style  —  Something about the Obama campaign reminds me of the Howard Dean phenomenon.  I don't mean Obama's a flash in the pan.  Obviously, Obama's a serious candidate with a real chance of victory.  Having said that, Democrats who deeply excite young people and play …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Biggest News  —  I'd say it's Huckabee's astonishing resilience …
Paul Krugman:
How bad is that ISM report?
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Massachusetts was not an upset  —  Hillary has always been ahead in Massachusetts.
Severe weather in Tenn., Ark. forces early poll closures
Discussion: Lean Left
Financial Times:
Risk of property defaults growing
Ed Kilgore / TPM Cafe:
Convention Chaos Theory
Los Angeles Times:
Glitches are the early front-runner in California
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
More Obama ugliness on health care
San Francisco Chronicle:
Gaming initiatives in lead as voters crowd polls
Discussion: Firedoglake and Calitics
Jonathan Wiesman / The Trail:
Romney's Expenses Per Delegate Top $1M
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Donklephant
Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
Super Tuesday Election Thread
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN Hits The Wall for the Election
Matthew Yglesias:
Romney's Speech  —  I believe I've noted before that I like Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Clinton Wins American Samoa Caucus