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7:45 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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Kevin Merida / Washington Post:
Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause  —  Danielle Ross was alone in an empty room at the Obama campaign headquarters in Kokomo, Ind., a cellphone in one hand, a voter call list in the other.  She was stretched out on the carpeted floor wearing laceless sky-blue Converses, stories from the trail on her mind.
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Associated Press:
Early WV exit poll highlights  —  By The Associated Press - 1 hour ago  —  Highlights from preliminary results of exit polls in the West Virginia Democratic primary on Tuesday.  The polls were conducted for The Associated Press and television networks:  —  ___  —  THE BILL CLINTON FACTOR
Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cobb bar protested as racist for Obama T-shirts  —  Mulligan's selling shirts with ‘Curious George’ picture  —  Marietta tavern owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he's peddling, featuring cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with “Obama in '08” scrolled underneath, are “cute.”
Discussion: Pandagon and abu muqawama
Steve Law / The Portland Tribune:
Poll: Obama trouncing Clinton in Oregon  —  Illinois senator leading former first lady 55-35  —  A bit more than a week away from Oregon's May 20 primary, Barack Obama has amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in the Democratic presidential race, according to statewide polling conducted by Portland's Davis …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Wins West Virginia, Networks Say  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was poised Tuesday night to win the Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia over Senator Barack Obama, according to projections by the networks and The Associated Press, a victory fueled by strong turnout among the white …
CNN:
West Virginia exit polls show division among Democrats  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Almost as many of Hillary Clinton's West Virginia supporters would vote for John McCain as would for Barack Obama, exit polls show.  —  If Obama were the Democratic nominee, 36 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for him in the fall, the polls found.
CBS News:
Clinton Eyes W.Va. Win; Obama Looks Ahead  —  CBS News Early Exit Polls Say Three In Four Clinton Supporters Would Be Dissatisfied With Obama As Nominee  —  (CBS/AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton collided with Barack Obama in the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, persisting in the Democratic …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
‘WHY WEST VIRGINIA MATTERS’  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  Hours before the West Virginia polls close, the Clinton campaign just released a memo that tries to raise the stakes of today's contest, which Clinton is expected to win by a considerable margin.  “Given the attempts by our opponent …
Discussion: Wonkette and TalkLeft
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
EXIT POLLS: The Race Factor in West Virginia  —  One-Third of Whites Citing Race in Vote Would Support Obama Over McCain  —  A confluence of groups customarily inclined toward Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., was voting in the West Virginia primary, with less-educated, lower-income Southern whites predominating.
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
More on West Virginia  —  The Obama campaign credits the Clinton's …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pre-spinning West Virginia
Discussion: The Jed Report
Gary Langer / The Numbers:   Obama and Working-Class Whites
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Adviser: She's Fighting to Last Primary
Discussion: A Blog For All
John O'Connor / The State:
Of yellow dogs and Democrats  —  THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CARVILLE  —  GREENVILLE — U.S. Sen. Barack Obama has likely locked up the Democratic presidential nomination, but political consultant and Clinton family adviser James Carville told about 500 people at Furman University that U.S …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Carville: Obama likely to win nomination  —  (CNN) — James Carville has been one of Hillary Clinton's most energetic defenders, but on Monday he all but declared Barack Obama will become the Democratic nominee for president.  —  Speaking to students at Furman University in Greenville …
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton, Obama Cordial on Senate Floor
Discussion: The Page
The Hill:
Senators say whether they'd agree to be vice president  —  The Hill asked all 97 senators who are not running for president the same question: “If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the VP nominee?”  —  Some senators laughed, but others took the question seriously.
The Campaign Spot:
Reach Out and Touch Faith  —  Andrew Sullivan is bothered by this illustration accompanying an endorsement of Barack Obama in an Oregon weekly paper.  —  But that's not really all that unusual, if you've been checking the alternatively hilarious and disturbing blog, “Is Barack Obama The Messiah?”.
Discussion: Redstate
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Doug Forrester / race42008.com:   Barack Obama's Pitch in Kentucky
Marc Ambinder:
MS-01 Watch  —  The most important election taking place today is not in West Virginia.  It's in Mississippi, for the first congressional district, a seat held since the Republican revolution of 1994 by Republican Roger Wicker.  Wicker's moving up to take Trent Lott's seat …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Josh Kraushaar / CBS News:
Will House GOP Lose Deep South Seat?
Washington Wire:
McCain Backer John Hagee Apologizes to Catholics  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports on the presidential race.  —  John Hagee, the controversial evangelical pastor who endorsed John McCain, will issue a letter of apology to Catholics today for inflammatory remarks he has made …
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Minister Backing McCain Apologizes to Catholics
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Neural Buddhists  —  In 1996, Tom Wolfe wrote a brilliant essay called “Sorry, but Your Soul Just Died,” in which he captured the militant materialism of some modern scientists.  —  To these self-confident researchers, the idea that the spirit might exist apart from the body is just ridiculous.
Ben Smith / Yahoo! News:
Obama: Don't fund independent groups  —  Senator Barack Obama's campaign is steering the candidate's wealthy supporters away from independent Democratic groups, calling into question what had been expected to be the groups' central role in this year's Democratic offensive against Senator John McCain.
Discussion: Open Left
 
 
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