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9:40 AM ET, February 6, 2008


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Washington Post:
Clinton and Obama Trade Victories  —  N.Y. Senator Withstands Push By Surging Rival in Key Battlegrounds  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won victories over Sen. Barack Obama in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York last night, giving her presidential campaign a crucial boost.
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.  —  It's far from over  —  Feb. 5: NBC News Washington bureau chief Tim Russert …
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 …
New York Times:
Clinton and McCain Win in California; Obama Stays Close as G.O.P. Rivals Lag  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won primaries in New York, New Jersey and Arizona and captured the biggest prize of all, California, while Senator Barack Obama strung together nearly a dozen victories from Georgia …
The Politico:
Super Tuesday: A split decision  —  The clarity Democrats so desperately sought escaped them on Super Tuesday, as both candidates found cause to claim victory even as one of them cemented her front-runner status.  —  By winning critical contested strongholds in Massachusetts, New Jersey …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Support Divided, Top Democrats Trade Victories  —  Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama carved up the nation in the 22-state nominating contest on Tuesday, leaving the Democratic presidential nomination more elusive than ever.  Mrs. Clinton won California, Massachusetts …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:   Democrats' Votes Display a Racial Divide
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Democrats' Identity Politics Getting More Sharply Defined
Michelle Malkin:
Where Hillary's Latino votes came from
Discussion: The American Mind
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Super Tuesday Fallout: Where The Race Goes From Here
Los Angeles Times:
With no losers, the fight goes on
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Decisive California Wins for Clinton and McCain
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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 e-mails from southern readers saying these pansy northern states weren't the “real” conservative heartland …
McCain piles up delegates while Dems split theirs  —  (CNN) — Sen. John McCain cemented his Republican front-runner status Tuesday, piling up big wins coast to coast, according to CNN projections.  —  Democratic voters remain evenly split on Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen Barack Obama for their party's nomination.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Arizona Senator Surges; Huckabee Strong in the South
Discussion: MSNBC and PoliGazette
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Huckabee Complicates GOP Contest
Discussion: Althouse, Balloon Juice and CNN
The New Republic:
Who Won Super Tuesday?  —  It's hard to say, but if you put a gun in my head, I'd say John McCain and (very slightly) Hillary Clinton, but the elections revealed weaknesses in McCain and in both of the leading Democratic candidates.  McCain blunted Mitt Romney's challenge, but he failed consistently to win over conservative voters.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SUMMING IT UP  —  Before we give way to the night, let me try to pull together some rough thoughts on what happened here tonight.  It's probably best to start with the indisputable facts.  I haven't had a chance to look at the popular vote.  But every estimate I've seen says this was close to an exact tie in delegates.
Discussion: Lance Mannion
Top Officer Calls U.S. Forces ‘Stressed’  —  Top Uniformed Officer Says U.S. Forces ‘Significantly Stressed’ by Iraq, War on Terror  —  The military's top uniformed officer says U.S. forces are “significantly stressed” by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan while simultaneously trying to stem the tide of violent extremism elsewhere.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Aaron Bray / Yale Daily News:
Hill looks back on Giuliani's campaign  —  Following his decisive victories in a number of presidential primaries yesterday, many within the conservative establishment have turned their focus to Arizona Senator John McCain, who appears at this point to have the edge in securing his party's nomination …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
NRCC probe scares GOP  —  Top House Republicans were told in recent days that a former employee of their campaign committee may have forged an official audit during the contentious 2006 election cycle and that they should brace for the possibility that an unfolding investigation …
Democrats shatter turnout primary season records  —  (CNN) — Though the fate of the Democratic race to the nomination remains uncertain, one thing is for sure: voters are turning out for the Democratic primaries in number that absolutely shatter previous records — which may be a troubling sign …
Discussion: Pandagon
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Wrap Up  —  The Obama campaign points out that their man won …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
No-Mentum, Democrat-Style  —  Something about the Obama campaign …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Biggest News  —  I'd say it's Huckabee's astonishing resilience …
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