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11:20 PM ET, May 6, 2008


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Marc Ambinder:
First Glance At The Exits: Democratic Party Cracking Up?  —  Here's what jumps out at me from the first wave of exit polls that have been released to the Edison-Mitsofky consortium:  —  Forget the horse race numbers for a moment: if the surveys are accurate, the polarization within the Democratic Party has reached critical levels.
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Obama Solidly Routs Clinton in N.C.  —  Democratic Senators Battle for Potentially Decisive Victory in Indiana  —  As expected, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has solidly won the North Carolina primary, ABC News projects, while he and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, remain locked in a tight race in Indiana.
CBS News:
Clinton, Obama In Battle For Indiana, N.C.  —  Heavy Turnout In Crucial Primaries That Could Bring Clarity To Democratic Presidential Race  —  (CBS/AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama battled in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries on Tuesday, the last big-delegate prizes left …
Indianapolis Star:
‘Hardcore’ Republicans voting Democrat  —  10:51 AM — ‘Hardcore’ Republicans voting Democrat  —  The two precincts at Broad Ripple Family Center selected Republican Jon Elrod over Democrat Andre Carson in March's special election for U.S. Congress.  But by 9 a.m., just 21 voters …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Exit Polls: Limbaugh Effect Seems To Rear Its Head  —  Did Rush Limbaugh actually impact the Democratic primary?  —  The loud-mouthed radio talk show host has been encouraging Republicans to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton to continue the “chaos” in the Democratic race.
Discussion: Political Punch and The Raw Story
Associated Press:
Early IN, NC exit poll highlights  —  Highlights from preliminary results of exit polling Tuesday in the Indiana and North Carolina Democratic primaries for The Associated Press and television networks:  —  WORRIED ABOUT THE ECONOMY  —  The economy was on voters' minds in Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.
The New Republic:
Measuring the Limbaugh Effect  —  Some reporters have speculated about the impact of the “Limbaugh effect” — partisan Republicans crossing over to vote fr Hillary Clinton solely to help weaken the Democrats against John McCain.  The sieze of the effect is hard to measure.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
EXIT POLL: Wright Controversy Casts Shadow on Ind., N.C. Races  —  In Both States, Three-Quarters or More Say They Decided Before Last Week  —  Preliminary exit poll results indicate that just under half of Democratic primary voters in Indiana and North Carolina alike call the controversy surrounding …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Exit polls: Half of Clinton's supporters won't back Obama  —  (CNN) — Just how badly is the Democratic Party divided?  —  According to the exit polls, half of Clinton's supporters in Indiana would not vote for Obama in a general election match up with John McCain.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Limbaugh Democrats?  —  I've been pretty skeptical of the existence …
The Campaign Spot:
First Word From HuffPo Sources, Not Mine: Obama NC +12; Hillary IN +7
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Exit Polls
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Obama Wins North Carolina Decisively
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Political Insider
Voters turn out for potentially critical primaries
Discussion: American Street
Brian Schaffner / CCPSBlog:
Final Pre-Election Analysis of North Carolina Early Voters
Will Bunch /
Team Hillary warns of Obama “October surprise”  —  The early results are suggesting a healthy win for Barack Obama in North Carolina and a much narrower win, maybe 52-48 or so, for Hillary Clinton in Indiana.  That won't end her campaign — nuclear obliteration wouldn't do that at this point but it makes Clinton's mission even harder.
Krooney / The Page:
Ickes Throws Down the Gauntlet on What Constitutes a Majority of the Delegates  —  Clinton delegate honcho tells The Page that his camp believes 2,209 — not 2,025 — is the magic number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination because they're counting Michigan and Florida.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Human Events:
Two GOP Losses That Validate a National Pattern  —  These two special elections validate a national polling pattern that is bad news for Republicans.  According to a New York Times/CBS Poll, Americans disapprove of the President's job performance by 63 to 28 (and he has been below 40% job …
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Gingrich warns GOP of ‘real disaster’ this fall
Discussion: Don Surber and Preemptive Karma
Newt Gingrich on Barack Obama's association problems, John McCain's …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Deborah Hastings / Associated Press:
Indiana nuns lacking ID denied at poll by fellow sister  —  About 12 Indiana nuns were turned away Tuesday from a polling place by a fellow bride of Christ because they didn't have state or federal identification bearing a photograph.  —  Sister Julie McGuire said she was forced to turn away …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG, The Trail and At-Largely
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Agents Raid Work, Home Of Special Counsel's Bloch  —  WASHINGTON — Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the Office of Special Counsel here, seizing computers and documents belonging to the agency chief Scott Bloch and staff.  —  More than a dozen FBI agents served grand jury subpoenas shortly …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
FOX NEWS FOLLIES  —  Watch as the Fox News political team dissects class in America during tonight's election coverage:  —  I watch Fox so you don't have to — but I lose a little piece of my soul every time.  —  Late Update: They just can't let it go!  The Fox News crew refines its class stereotypes:
Discussion: Think Progress and Too Sense
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another Clinton loan?  —  I asked Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe just now whether Clinton had given or loaned her campaign more money in the run-up to North Carolina and Indiana.  —  “Might be.  Might not be,” McAuliffe said, adding that the campaign would release more fundraising details tomorrow.
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