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8:05 PM ET, February 9, 2008


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Romney edges McCain in conservative straw poll  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney narrowly beat John McCain, 35 to 34 percent, in a straw poll of conservative political activists gathered Saturday in Washington — a vote that is viewed as a barometer of support from that major GOP voting bloc.
Discussion: The Corner
Brian Braiker / Newsweek:
McCain romps while the Dems divide in the NEWSWEEK poll.  —  Mr. Electable?  McCain is the man to beat on the GOP side  —  Sen. John McCain, whose campaign to win the Republican Party's presidential nomination was all but declared dead last summer, has cemented a commanding lead …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Liberal Values
Huckabee scores dominant Kansas victory  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the Kansas Republican caucuses Saturday.  —  With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Huckabee had 60 percent of the vote, compared with 24 percent for Arizona Sen. John McCain and 11 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
Joy Lin / CBS News:
Texas Gov. Perry Asks Huckabee to Drop Out  —  From CBS News' Joy Lin:  —  COLLEGE PARK, MD. — Gov. Rick Perry.  R-Texas, who has endorsed John McCain, called Mike Huckabee on Friday asking him to drop out of the race, according to a senior Huckabee campaign aide.  Huckabee declined Perry's request.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Mike Huckabee adds Kansas to his party victories  —  Mike Huckabee today has won the Kansas Republican Party's presidential nominating caucuses, adding the conservative heartland state to a string of caucus and primary triumphs that started in Iowa and include several Southern states, including his own home of Arkansas.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Huckabee Beats McCain in Kansas  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defeated Sen. John McCain in the Kansas Republican caucuses today, after resisting pressure to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in favor of McCain.  —  With all precints reporting, Huckabee beat McCain …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
Huckabee Wins Kansas Caucus
Discussion: Classical Values and Commentary
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
How I Could Quit The Democratic Party  —  I am a Democrat.  I am my own local precinct captain, and I hold a seat on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.  Over the past four years, I have helped raise millions of dollars for Democrats.  I believe in the primary process …
Seattle Times:
Heavy turnout seen at Democratic and GOP caucuses
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
The Politico:
Hillary rips MSNBC's Shuster  —  ORONO, MAINE — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday morning ripped MSNBC over reporter David Shuster's suggestion that Chelsea Clinton was “sort of being pimped out” by the campaign.  —  “I found the remarks incredibly offensive,” Clinton told reporters in this snowy town outside Bangor.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Chelsea Remark Earns MSNBC Correspondent A Suspension
Ron Paul 2008:
Message from Ron  —  Whoa!  What a year this has been.  And what achievements we have had.  If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent.  It will not end at the Republican convention.  It will not end in November.  It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ron Paul appears to have Kucinich moment
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matt Taibbiposted / Rolling Stone:
The Chicken Doves  —  Elected to end the war, Democrats have surrendered to Bush on Iraq and betrayed the peace movement for their own political ends  —  Quietly, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been inspiring Democrats everywhere with their rolling bitchfest …
Jc Reindl / Toledo Blade:
Mayor to Marines: Leave downtown  —  He says urban exercises scare people  —  A company of Marine Corps Reservists received a cold send-off from downtown Toledo yesterday by order of Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.  —  The 200 members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, based in Grand Rapids …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Sanctioned States Put Democrats in Quandary  —  The clever people in Michigan who decided to get into a game of chicken with New Hampshire last fall over the timing of their Democratic primary should be having second thoughts this weekend.  —  Had Michigan Democrats not engaged in gamesmanship …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Good News for Conservatives  —  We have a great opportunity in 2008.  —  What a moment!  Having learned nothing from the left's Bush Derangement Syndrome, the conservative movement's big talkers spent the days before Super Tuesday indulging in a fiery display of McCain Derangement Syndrome.
Discussion: Macsmind and The Corner
Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
Live updates from the Nebraska Democratic caucuses  —  It doesn't look good for Clinton at Monroe Middle School.  —  The line to the Clinton box is empty.  The line to vote for Obama is about a half block long.  —  Order is finally being restored at Monroe Middle School.
Discussion: New York Times
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