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12:15 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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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.
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.
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.
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Super Tuesday Fallout: Where The Race Goes From Here  —  Hillary Clinton's strength among core Democratic constituencies — women, Latinos and working class whites — pushed her to victory in the mega-state primaries of California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts on Tuesday, slowing …
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 …
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 …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Democrats' Votes Display a Racial Divide
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Democrats' Identity Politics Getting More Sharply Defined
Discussion: politburo diktat 2.0
MSNBC:
Clinton, Obama split spoils
Ari Melber / The Nation:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN PROJECTS 72 DELEGATE LEAD (FOR NOW)...
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   After Super Tuesday  —  Unlike the entire world apparently …
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: TIME
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: The Die Has Been Cast
June Kronholz / Wall Street Journal:   Will McCain Make Nice to the Right?
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SUPERDELEGATES.  —  I really, really hope the Democratic primary doesn't come down to superdelegates — the privileged class of delegate that gets to vote however they want, and were created to ensure that party elites didn't lose too much control over the process.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Through June  —  David Plouffe, on a conference call with reporters …
Discussion: D-Day
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 …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Intelligence Chief Cites Qaeda Threat to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda is gaining in strength from its refuge in Pakistan and is steadily improving its ability to recruit, train and position operatives capable of carrying out attacks inside the United States, the director of national intelligence told a Senate panel on Tuesday.
Cara DeGette / Colorado Confidential:
Ted Haggard Quits New Life ‘Restoration Team’  —  Technically, it only took three weeks of intensive “restoration” a full year ago to make Ted Haggard a “complete heterosexual.”  But on Tuesday night, the new pastor of the Colorado Springs megachurch that Haggard founded has announced …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
One-Legged Stool  —  I wonder how many of us believe that if John McCain is the nominee, which is looking more likely, whether he will win New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California.  This was the Giuliani strategy.  He's losing the conservative vote in virtually every state other than New York and New Jersey.
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: MyDD and Lance Mannion
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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