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12:30 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Wisconsin Primary Live Blog  —  Will Hillary Clinton surprise everyone and win in Wisconsin?  Can Barack Obama beat back Hillary's late challenge?  Since my evening meeting got canceled, I'll be live blogging the Wisconsin poll results.  Of course we're also looking at Washington and Hawaii …
Marc Ambinder:
Wisconsin Exit Polls: A Less Affluent, Less Well-Educated, Economically Sensitive Electorate  —  Info from our trusty pals at CBS News: this electorate is very white; only four in ten have a “college degree.”  They're “less affluent” than Dems in other states.
Discussion: Associated Press and Taylor Marsh
The Campaign Spot:
First Word on Wisconsin Exits  —  I'm hearing that after two waves of data, Wisconsin looks like a blowout in favor of Obama, in the neighborhood of 60 percent to 40 percent.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Exit Polls: Voters Seek ‘Change’ in Wisconsin  —  Women, Seniors Dominate Democratic Vote; White Men, Conservatives on GOP Side  —  Preliminary exit poll results in the Wisconsin primaries underscore both differences and similarities between the two parties in the state.
CNN:
Exit polls: Obama holds onto his base, makes inroads in Clinton's  —  (CNN) — In campaign contests so far, Barack Obama has polled the best among black, more wealthy and educated voters and college students, while rival Hillary Clinton has been able to count on women, low-income voters and blue-collar workers.
Discussion: culturekitchen and Truthdig
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wisconsin Primary Results: Live Thread One  —  Update: MSNBC, 9:01pm: Too early to call but Obama has lead in exit polls.  —  Bump and Update: Polls about to close.  CNN is going to announce what they know and then talk about Huckabee.  What does that tell you?
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Exit Polls: Why The Media Is A Joke
Discussion: The Ruckus
Associated Press:
Early Wis. exit poll highlights
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hint, Hint  —  Exit polls are circulating, and you can guess …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Projected Winner Of Wisconsin Primary With Big Margin
Discussion: You Decide 08!
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Leads In Wisconsin
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
CNN Projects Obama Wins Wisconsin
Discussion: MSNBC and culturekitchen
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on polling conducted Feb. 16-18, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton has rebounded among Democrats in the Gallup Poll Daily tracking average for Feb. 16-18.  She is now at 45% to Barack Obama's 46%.  —  Clinton was seven percentage points behind Obama in the Feb. 15-17 average.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Now For Hillary?  —  The final number looks like a double digit win (the spread is currently 11 points and the current delegate split is 13-8, and likely to be around 42-32 at the end) win for Obama.  That is bad for Clinton.  But the bad news comes from two other results.
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama turns tables on Clinton  —  Under fire for uncredited echoes of another candidate's speeches, the Obama campaign sought Tuesday evening to turn the tables on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by highlighting her clearly false claim that her campaign had not fueled the controversy.
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton fingerprints on plagiarism flap
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Yet Another Obama - Deval Patrick Speech Line Swipe
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Political Origins  —  Until I came across this article by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, which I regard as factual — with all that that implies — the questions about Obama's background that should have come naturally never quite rose to the surface of my mind.  Barack Obama is the new man, of course.
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Cliff Kincaid / Accuracy in Media:
Obama's Communist Mentor  —  In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a “secret smoker” and how he “went to great lengths to conceal the habit.”  But what about Obama's secret political life?  It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.
dnA / Too Sense:   For Conservatives, “Race-Mixing” Still A Communist Plot
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
Spousal Spat: Cindy McCain responds to Michelle Obama “proud” comments  —  Brookfield, WI — During her introduction of Sen. John McCain at a rally Tuesday, his wife Cindy took a shot at controversial comments recently made by another 2008 spouse.  —  “I am proud of my country.  I don't know about you?
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Michelle Obama / CNN:
Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama in patriotism flap
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and NPR Blogs
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
Michelle Obama Speaks for Me
Discussion: The Caucus and Done With Mirrors
Mark Daniels / The Moderate Voice:
The Task for Huckabee and Clinton: Define Their End Games  —  Barack Obama and John McCain were the winners of their respective parties presidential primaries in Wisconsin today.  Obama appears ready to win the Democratic caucuses in Hawaii and McCain in the Republican caucuses in Washington …
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Babalu Blog:
CNN: Be kind to castro  —  Michael Graham, blogging at The Natural Truth, brings us this disgusting but not surprising story about how CNN coached its anchors to treat the subject of fidel castro in an early morning email today.  —  I can now confirm independently that not only did such an email go out, here it is in its entirety:
Sonia / Burnt Orange Report:
Thousands of Prairie View Students March 7.3 Miles to Vote  —  (Crossposted on Daily Kos by dewberry ........ See aerial pictures here.)  —  Photo Courtesy Ken Basart  —  Early voting starts today in Texas.  In Waller County, a primarily rural county about 60 miles outside Houston …
 
 
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