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11:40 PM ET, February 19, 2008


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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction and Donklephant
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.
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
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?
Associated Press:   Early Wis. exit poll highlights
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Projected Winner Of Wisconsin Primary With Big Margin
Discussion: You Decide 08!
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 culturekitchen
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Leads In Wisconsin
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.
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 and The Ruckus
John Baer: How Pa. extension benefited Clinton
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.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton fingerprints on plagiarism flap
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Yet Another Obama - Deval Patrick Speech Line Swipe
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?
Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
McCain Rips ‘Eloquent But Empty’ Obama  —  ABC News' Ron Claiborne and Teddy Davis Report: Arizona Sen. John McCain unveiled a new line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., following his Tuesday win in Wisconsin's Republican primary.  —  “I will work hard to make sure Americans …
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: Done With Mirrors 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.
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:
Nick Gillespie / Reason Magazine:   Castro Resigns as President for Life of Cuba; Wants to Spend More Time with Families
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: Truthdig
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Wisconsin for Obama  —  but not by the margins earlier predicted.  It's a funny thing how much the margins in Wisconsin tend to vary.  It's also a funny thing how much late counts in Milwaukee and Madison tend to play a role in how votes go.  Wisconsin's electoral votes always seem up for grabs …
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O'Reilly attacks NBC for airing the Clinton/Holeman story …
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