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11:35 AM 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 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.
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.
CNN:
Keys to victory on Super Tuesday  —  The CNN Political Unit took a look at what dynamics could play significant roles in victory — or defeat — for the various candidates as they slug it out on Super Tuesday.  Here's how those issues were playing out in early voting on Tuesday …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Newshoggers
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.
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 …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
THE DEMOCRATIC RACE FROM HERE.  —  Now that the dust is settling from Super Tuesday's Super Stalemate, the Democratic contest looks headed for a bright February for Barack Obama, though March, April and May may tilt towards Hillary Clinton.  This weekend, the Democrats hold a primary …
MSNBC:
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Democrats' Identity Politics Getting More Sharply Defined
Discussion: politburo diktat 2.0
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:   Democrats' Votes Display a Racial Divide
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   After Super Tuesday  —  Unlike the entire world apparently …
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Super Tuesday Fallout: Where The Race Goes From Here
Michelle Malkin:
Where Hillary's Latino votes came from
Discussion: The American Mind
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
A Tie Goes To Clinton
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Repudiation of Rove  —  John McCain had a surprising but pleasant evening last night — watching Mitt Romney go down to defeat in nearly every contest and encountering a newly victorious but ultimately unnominatable Mike Huckabee all across the Bible Belt.
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Now we see if McCain really wants conservatives
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
After tough Tuesday, Romney forces to meet on next steps
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Jed Babbin / Human Events:
McCain Didn't Close the Deal  —  John McCain's strong showing in the February 5 primaries wasn't enough to close the deal.  He could have done it by winning enough delegates to be the prohibitive favorite or — conversely — by Mitt Romney making so poor a showing that he would be unwilling to fight on.
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: The Die Has Been Cast
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.
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN PROJECTS 72 DELEGATE LEAD (FOR NOW)...
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 …
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 …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Gates: Petraeus not sole adviser on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that the top military commander in Iraq is not the sole adviser on the war and suggested that President Bush this year will be confronted with competing views on what to do next.
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ABCNEWS:
Top Officer Calls U.S. Forces ‘Stressed’
Discussion: The Newshoggers
CNN:
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.
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Robert Perez / Orlando Sentinel:
Confused Florida voters try to cast ballots in Super Tuesday primaries  —  The problem?  Florida had its presidential primary LAST week.  —  Millions of Americans in 24 states are turning out vote to in Super Tuesday presidential primaries from Georgia to Alaska today.
 
 
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Darkness and Light  —  Hillary Clinton denounced Dick Cheney …
CNN:
Democrats shatter turnout primary season records
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Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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