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10:15 PM ET, February 19, 2008


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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  —  So I am watching Tweety to get a read on how the early exit polls are going (if Tweety is very happy, the exit polls provide good news for Obama), not that unweighted early exit polls are that helpful.  But I got instead yet another of example of how stupid the Media can be.
Discussion: The Ruckus
Associated Press:
Early Wis. exit poll highlights  —  Highlights from preliminary results of exit polling Tuesday in the Wisconsin primaries for The Associated Press and television networks:  —  THUMBS DOWN ON GLOBALIZATION ...  Wisconsin Democratic primary voters were not big fans of globalization.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hint, Hint  —  Exit polls are circulating, and you can guess …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
CNN Projects Obama Wins Wisconsin
Discussion: MSNBC and MyDD
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Leads In Wisconsin
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
CNN And MSNBC: McCain Wins And Obama Leads In Wisconsin Primary
Discussion: After W and Associated Press
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Early Exit Polling In Wisconsin
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Gaining Among Middle-Aged, Women, Hispanics  —  Also running even with Clinton among core Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The momentum in the Democratic nomination race has clearly swung toward Barack Obama.  Not only has he won all of the post-Super Tuesday contests …
John Baer: How Pa. extension benefited Clinton  —  HERE'S A LITTLE political banana peel.  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign failed to file a full slate of convention delegate candidates for Pennsylvania's April 22 primary.  —  This despite the possibility the primary proves critical …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Now For Hillary?  —  The final number looks like a double …
Discussion: The Ruckus
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Clinton targets pledged delegates
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton says Obama speech flap shows media “finally” scrutinizing rival
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Politico's Roger Simon Defends Story On Hillary And Pledged Delegates
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Open Left
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Yet Another Obama - Deval Patrick Speech Line Swipe
The Huffington Post:
“Plagiarism”? Clinton Borrowed Her Husband's “Invisible” Theme
Discussion: Preemptive Karma and Wonkette
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?
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama in patriotism flap
Discussion: NPR Blogs and Taylor Marsh
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
Michelle Obama Speaks for Me
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Caucus
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.
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.
VALLEJO, Calif.  —  The city of Vallejo is on the brink of becoming the first California city ever to declare bankruptcy, City Council members said Tuesday.  —  Vallejo may run out of cash as early as March, council member Stephanie Gomes said.  —  “Not only that, but now we have 20 police …
Discussion: The Agonist and Calculated Risk
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