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11:20 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.
CNN: Obama earns three-state sweep  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama will win the Louisiana Democratic primary, CNN projects.  —  On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee has taken an early lead over rival John McCain.  —  With 50 percent of Democratic precincts reporting, Obama led Hillary Clinton 53-39 percent.
New York Times:
Obama Wins Nebraska and Washington  —  Senator Barack Obama won the caucuses in Nebraska and Washington on Saturday, defeating his rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton as the two scrambled for delegates in their fiercely contested battle for the Democratic nomination.
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!
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 …
Washington Post:
Huckabee Beats McCain in Kansas
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Huckabee wins Kansas Republican caucus
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Mike Huckabee adds Kansas to his party victories
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My Presidential Endorsement:  —  They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  So why is it the American people allow our politicians to do the same things over and over and we believe them and expect results different from previous elections ?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama campaign claims “irregularities” in Louisiana  —  Per the campaign's blog, under the headline: “After Widespread Reports of Voting Irregularities Obama Campaign Submits Urgent Request for Assistance:” … Obama faced a similar hurdle in California, where some poll workers appear …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama sweeps in the Virgin Islands  —  Simon Caines, the executive director of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, shared in a brief interview just now the preliminary results of that territory's caucuses, which produce the equivalent of three delegates.
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
New York Times:
Neck and Neck, Clinton and Obama Woo Superdelegates  —  WASHINGTON — Seeing a good possibility that the Democratic presidential nomination will not be settled in the primaries and caucuses, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are lavishing attention on a group that might hold …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Finds A Donor Base  —  According to the Clinton campaign, 100,000 of Hillary Clinton's enthusiastic donors have contributed more than $10M since Feb 5.  —  Now these numbers are looked at with suspicion by Obama allies.  They can't possibly see how Clinton could generate …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Andrew / Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog:
LIVE Inside the Washington Caucuses: Madness  —  After convening my precinct's caucus nearly an hour ago, and screaming myself hoarse to the HUGE crowd of people gathered in my precinct, I think the appropriate word to describe turnout today is megagigantic-massive.  —  I was not prepared for this.
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org, Firedoglake and Eschaton
Omaha World-Herald:
Obama projected winner of caucus  —  Barack Obama has been projected to be the winner of the Nebraska Democratic presidential caucuses by the Associated Press.  With 73 percent counted, Obama has 69 percent of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton's 31 percent.
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.
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