Wednesday, May 14, 2008

5/14 Morning News

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Clinton's W.Va. victory does little to slow Obama
Hours after being routed by Hillary Rodham Clinton in West Virginia, Barack Obama picked up two more superdelegates, offering fresh recognition from Democratic leaders of his inevitable nomination.
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ABC: Bottom Line: Win Boosts Clinton, Math Favors Obama
MSNBC: Clinton W. Va. win does little to slow Obama
CBS Horserace: Starting Gate: Big Win, No Gain For Clinton

Obama to Receive Endorsement Of 3 Former SEC Chairmen
Three former chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission will publicly endorse Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the presidency Wednesday, including one who served under President Bush.
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CBS Horserace: Following Loss, Obama Trots Out New Supers
The Caucus: The Early Word: Endorsements for Obama as Clinton Touts Win
Huff Post: Superdelegates Continue To Flow To Obama

Obama Targets Battleground States
Barack Obama is moving on from his double digit loss in West Virginia by trying to reach out to voters in general election battleground states. He is campaigning in Michigan today for the first time since attending an NAACP dinner in Detroit last July.

First Read: West Virginia - The Results
With 100% of precincts reporting, Clinton beat Obama last night, 67%-26%; Edwards, who left the race several months ago, got as much as 7% of the vote.
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Herald Trib: Clinton wins West Virginia primary by wide margin

The Note: Mountain Hazard
West Virginia doesn't change any games -- but the fact that the game is still being played is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's victory, at least for the day.

Obama reaches out to workers in Cape Girardeau
His pitch: that despite his education and political connections, he also hails from a blue-collar background and shares the middle-class' economic hopes and fears — unlike presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.

Obama, McCain Aim to Curb '527s'
Sen. Barack Obama's top fundraisers have asked his campaign donors to refrain from contributing to liberal independent political organizations in hopes of controlling the tone and message of the general-election campaign.
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TPM: Nonprofits Are The New 527s

Obama Has to Start From Scratch in Michigan
Barack Obama unofficially kicks off his campaign against John McCain Wednesday in Michigan, a state the Democrats have barely held onto in recent years and where they start at a big disadvantage.

Rumor mill keeps Obama on defense
Sen. Barack Obama says he is well-prepared to battle false smears and Republican attacks on his religion and patriotism, but various rumors have permeated so deeply into the electorate that they present a general election challenge for the likely Democratic presidential nominee.

Hillary: I’m Here, Get Used To It
If the Democratic presidential race were a runaway, if Barack Obama were, say, 1,500 delegates ahead of Hillary Clinton, then there would likely not be so many anguished cries for Clinton to quit the race.
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FOX: Unwilling to Fall, Clinton Moves Onward
CNN: After big win, Clinton vows to push forward

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?”

Rendell: Obama should ask Clinton to be VP
Governor Ed Rendell's name has recently come up as a potential running mate for Barack Obama, but the Pennslyvania Governor said Wednesday, why settle for a Clinton supporter when you can have the real deal.

Clinton Campaign Talks Finances
“We have the money to play obviously the next three weeks that we have,” and adding, “Our staff’s fully paid, we’ve opened all our offices, we’re buying media, we’re doing everything a candidate does for president...

Obama defeat amplifies race, rural problems
John Edwards registers 7 percent of vote, suggesting deeper dissatisfaction with both candidates, though Clinton used results to bolster her case.

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 46%. Obama has now held a statistically insignificant lead over McCain for nine straight days.

Quinnipiac: Both Dems Beating McCain
A new Quinnipiac national poll shows the two Democrats winning against John McCain by similar margins -- a potential stumbling block for Hillary Clinton's argument that she's the more electable candidate in the wake of her huge West Virginia win...
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CNN Ticker:
Poll shows both Clinton and Obama beating McCain

Portland Tribune Poll: Obama Way Ahead in Oregon
A new Portland Tribune poll in Oregon finds Sen. Barack Obama "has amassed a nearly insurmountable lead" in advance of next week's primary.

38% of Democrats Want Clinton to Drop Out
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Democratic voters nationwide now believe that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for the White House. That’s up slightly from 34% in late April, 32% earlier in April and 22% in late March.

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Commentaries
First Thoughts: Last Night's Bigger Story
So what event last night was more consequential: Obama’s substantial defeat in a state few had considered a general election battleground until Clinton declared it so last week?

Newsweek Analysis: Maybe Obama should worry
The Illinois senator virtually pretended the primary didn't happen Tuesday, with no election night speech or any public appearance at all after the polls closed and gave Hillary Rodham Clinton a more than 2-1 victory even though her candidacy is likely doomed.

Should Obama Worry About W.VA?
But losing does have a way of making politicians look like losers, and the next primary in Kentucky looks like more of the same terrain that's been tough for Obama, heavy in older, working-class, whites without college degrees.

Plotting Her Path For 2012
With no hope of winning her party's nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running out the clock by laying the foundation for her political future, circa 2012.

Obama May Have His Work Cut Out for Him to Draw Independents
Barack Obama can't rest should he soon win Democrats' presidential-nomination marathon. His next big challenge: to introduce himself to the independents who may well decide the November election, and dispel the doubts and misinformation that have taken hold among many.

Even as Clinton Wins West Virginia, His Political Stock Rises on News from Mississippi
My apartment is next door to the Republican National Committee. After the Democratic victory in Mississippi, I could almost feel the whole place quaking in its boots.

She won't go easy
But somehow we are locked at the hip to Hillary Clinton, who won't stop her manic tarantella until her party whirls into ruins, like the run-amuck carousel in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train."

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