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8:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

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Christopher Hass / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
100,000 in St. Louis, MO: “All I can say is, wow.”  —  Barack just concluded his speech underneath the Gatway Arch in St. Louis, in front of a record crowd of over 100,000 people.  “All I can say is, wow,” Barack said as he took the stage. … Read the full remarks of Barack's speech in St. Louis, as prepared for delivery . . .
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Washington Wire:
Obama Rally Draws 100,000 in Missouri  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race from St. Louis.  —  Barack Obama attracted 100,000 people at a Saturday rally here, his biggest crowd ever at a U.S. event.  —  The crowd assembled under the Gateway Arch on a sunny Saturday afternoon …
Carrie Budoff Brown / Ben Smith's Blogs:
100,000 people  —  Barack Obama apparently attracted more people to his rally today in St. Louis than to his August acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver.  —  Lt. Samuel Dotson of the St. Louis Police Department placed the crowd count at 100,000 people, according to the campaign.
Discussion: Salon
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama draws record crowd in St. Louis  —  ST. LOUIS - Standing under the Gateway Arch, Sen. Barack Obama spoke this afternoon before a crowd his campaign said totaled 100,000, a new U.S. record for his presidential bid.  —  “All I can say is wow,” Obama said as he took the stage …
Discussion: Chicago
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Draws 100,000 in Missouri
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Candidates Vie for Pieces of a Changing Electoral Map
Discussion: The Caucus
Faiz / Think Progress:
Pfotenhauer Insults Virginians: ‘Real Virginia’ Is Only Where McCain Is Winning  —  On MSNBC this morning, McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer asserted that “real Virginia” does not include Northern Virginia: … MSNBC host Kevin Corke gave Pfotenhauer a chance to revise her answer, telling her …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain Adviser Suggests NoVa Not ‘Real Virginia’
Discussion: The Jed Report and The Record
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:   McCain aide says he's strong in ‘real’ Virginia
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain adviser: Northern Va not the “real Virginia.”
Discussion: MSNBC and AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
Behind McCain, Outsider in Capital Wanting Back In  —  Cindy McCain was new to Washington and not yet 30 when she arrived at a luncheon for Congressional spouses to discover a problem with her name tag.  —  It read “Carol McCain.”  That was the well-liked wife John McCain had left to marry Cindy …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Dissecting Cindy McCain's private world
Discussion: Eschaton
John / Power Line:
HOW LOW CAN THEY GO?  —  For those who thought the New York Times …
Discussion: Commentary
CNN:
Fact check: Obama said he would ‘spread his wealth around’?  —  The Statement  —  Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, during a speech on October 16 outside Philadelphia, recounted the story of “Joe the Plumber,” a man who held a conversation with Democratic candidate Sen. Barack …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Racists for Obama?  —  New polling and a trickle of stories from the battleground states suggest that Sen. Barack Obama's coalition includes one unlikely group: white voters with negative views of African-Americans.  —  Race has become the elephant in the room of the 2008 presidential campaign …
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Signs that Republican Colin Powell will support Barack Obama for president  —  WASHINGTON - After months of playing political Hamlet, Colin Powell is finally ready to tell America who he likes for President - and the smart money says Barack Obama is Powell's choice.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/18  —  John McCain has once again improved his position in the national tracking polls, having gained ground in 4 of the [5] 6 trackers that published today (Rasmussen and IBD/TIPP were the exceptions).  ** Our model now perceives that Obama has come somewhat off his peak numbers …
Sam Schulman / Weekly Standard:
Class Will Tell  —  Why is Bill Ayers a respectable member of the upper middle class and Sarah Palin contemptible?  —  Pour yourself a Johnnie Walker Black and remember.  The presidential campaign was going to be about sex—the sex of the inevitable winning candidate.  Then it was going to be about race.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Michelle Bachmann gives voice to the right's darkest impulses  —  Chris Matthews just gave Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Outer Wingnuttia, all the rope she wanted yesterday on Hardball, and boy did she make a handy little noose with it.  —  First Matthews tried to get Bachmann to tell his audience …
Paul J. Nyden / Charleston Gazette:
Some early W.Va. voters angry over switched votes  —  Jackson County touch-screens switched votes, 3 residents say  —  At least three early voters in Jackson County had a hard time voting for candidates they want to win.  —  Virginia Matheney and Calvin Thomas said touch-screen machines …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and The Impolitic
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Lead  —  Among registered voters, Obama now leads 50% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report from Wednesday through Friday, including two days of interviewing after Wednesday night's final presidential debate …
Discussion: MyDD and Real Clear Politics
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
A tale of two networks  —  Carl Cameron and Ed Henry are both top-flight reporters.  —  But they work for networks which are viewed in, shall we say, differing lights by Republican activists.  —  So when Fox's Cameron and CNN's Henry took to opposing risers today at a McCain rally in Woodbridge …
Discussion: Commentary
 
 
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