Friday, May 2, 2008

5/2 Morning News: Another Former DNC Chair Backs Obama

News Items
Former DNC Chair, Massashusetts Superdelegate Endorses Barack Obama
The endorsement brings the total number of superdelegates to endorse Barack Obama to 253. Senator Obama is 279 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination.
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Obama’s Wright response wins him superdelegates
Those who moved into Obama’s column this week cited the Illinois senator’s reaction as one of their reasons for backing him.

Clinton May Be Hopeful, but Obama Rolls On
Still, despite a series of trials that have put Mr. Obama on the defensive and illustrated the burdens he might carry in a fall campaign, the Obama campaign is rolling along, leaving Mrs. Clinton with dwindling options.

Clinton camp disputes her "Rich people, God bless us" remark
The Clinton campaign now claims she actually said "Rich people, God blessed us" on Falafel Bill O'Reilly's show. Blessed, as in B-L-E-S-S-E-D, not bless. In the abstract my vote is that they're lying, but you should decide this one for yourself...

Obama narrows superdelegate gap
Obama has spent the past 10 days coping with his loss in Pennsylvania and new controversy sparked by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. At the same time, he has won 15 endorsements and Clinton has netted 10 from the VIP contingent called superdelegates.

Obama Leaves the Stage to Mix With His Skeptics
“What I want to do is spend more time listening than talking,” Mr. Obama told a small clutch of Indiana voters. “It’s been wonderful to see these big crowds, but the problem is you don’t really learn much when you’re listening to yourself talk.”

New Obama Ad: "Pennies"
In his new Indiana spot, Obama responds to Clinton's attack ad, using newspaper clips and contrasting it to his broader plans on energy and taxes.
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Barack Obama is the choice of free-agent donors
Campaign donors who previously backed also-ran Democratic candidates have adopted Sen. Barack Obama as their second choice, preferring Obama by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1 over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and giving him twice as much money.

Democrats Scramble for Indiana
Determining the victor in Tuesday's presidential nominating contest in Indiana could very well be left to that most elusive of Democratic primary voter: the Republican.

Unlikely Allies Campaign for a Gas-Tax Holiday
Senators John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton found themselves taking a lonely stand on the campaign trail Thursday, defending the proposed gasoline-tax holiday while critics from both parties lined up against it.
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TNR:
How to Beat Gas Tax Demagoguery

Obama's Number 1 Fan
On television he is a cool, articulate spokesman for his candidate, a well-spoken salesman with a product to sell. But his friends realize that behind his mild-mannered exterior lurks the intense Axelrod they all know -- the fan.

25 black ministers hope to generate Obama vote
Gathered where another Democratic presidential primary paused amid tragedy 40 years ago, 25 black ministers from across Indianapolis made it clear Thursday that their voter drive has a clear purpose: helping Barack Obama become the nation's first black president.

Clyburn Blasts Wright for 'Knee-Capping' Obama
For a Democratic superdelegate who is officially still unaligned, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) is sounding more and more like a Barack Obama fan.

Clinton backer's defection tightens superdelegate race
A Hillary Clinton backer's defection to the Barack Obama camp tightens the race for superdelegates, who could determine which candidate will become the Democratic presidential nominee.

Hillary: 'Let's Go All the Way 'Til June'
After two pitch-perfect days of love from the Hoosier state, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign took a big hit yesterday morning when superdelegate and former Democratic National Chairman Joe Andrew endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president...

Pressure's on Bayh to snare Indiana for Clinton
In Clinton's most important recent primary victories, she has had a Democratic state boss rallying party regulars to her side: Governor Ted Strickland in Ohio, Governor Ed Rendell in Pennsylvania. It is now Bayh's turn to play kingmaker.

The Early Word: Indiana
Clinton receives the endorsement of the Indianapolis newspaper.
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TPM:
Clinton Gets Indianapolis Star, Obama Nabs New Super-Del

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Polling Results
Zogby: Obama Ahead By 16 In North Carolina, Tied In Indiana
This morning's Zogby tracking poll gives Barack Obama a double-digit lead in North Carolina, his widest of any current poll ... And Zogby also has a close race for Indiana.
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RCP:
NC Poll: Obama +16

SurveyUSA: Obama Ahead By Six In Oregon Primary
A new SurveyUSA poll of Oregon shows Barack Obama ahead in this upcoming primary, but the result is within the margin of error. The numbers, compared to the previous poll from April 7...

Poll: Obama Ahead By Seven Points In North Carolina
A new Research 2000 poll of North Carolina gives Barack Obama a seven-point lead here, with over 50% support but just inside the margin of error in a state where he needs a landslide...

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Clinton 46% Obama 44%. That’s the second straight day that Clinton has held a statistically insignificant two-point edge over Obama.

58% Say Obama Denounced Wright for Political Convenience, not Outrage
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 30% of the nation’s Likely Voters believe Barack Obama denounced his former Pastor, Jeremiah Wright, because he was outraged. Most—58%--say he denounced the Pastor for political convenience.

Polls Show Drift Toward Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is arguing that she has regained enough momentum going into two crucial primaries to get a shot at the White House, but the all-important party superdelegates were falling into line behind front-running rival Barack Obama.

When Blue Collars Are a Tight Fit
Hillary Rodham Clinton has outpolled Barack Obama among white voters without a college degree in 26 of 29 states.

Poll: 2-out-of-3 Dems think long nomination battle hurting party
A new sign a growing numbers of Democratic primary voters may think the campaign season has passed its sell-by date: in a new survey, almost two out of three people think that the marathon campaign is doing the party more harm than good.

Gallup: Is Ongoing Democratic Campaign Good or Bad for the Party?
Six out of 10 Democrats say the continuing campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is doing more harm than good for the Democratic Party, up slightly from the percentage who felt this way last month.

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Commentaries
Superdelegates: Some Mean More Than Others
For all his troubles over the past few weeks, Barack Obama continues to cut into Hillary Clinton's lead among the superdelegates.

Will black voters stay home if Obama loses nomination?
Many black voters are making it very clear: They're concerned that Barack Obama is going to be denied the Democratic presidential nomination that they see as rightfully his, and if that happens, a lot of them may stay home in November.

First Thoughts: Obama's Back to the Wall
After Pennsylvania, a lot of folks -- including us -- figured that Obama would win North Carolina by as much, or even more, than Clinton won the Keystone State, thus erasing the gains she made there in delegates and the popular vote.

Dylan Loewe: Yes He Will. Because Yes, We Can.
Obama's candidacy has hit its low point. Yet there is no indication whatsoever that superdelegates are inching toward Clinton -- quite the contrary.

Starting Gate: Expectations Weekend
Despite a week of Rev. Wright talk and polls indicating that Clinton may be the stronger candidate for the general election (at the moment), Obama remains in a very strong position to win the nomination and a sweep of Tuesday’s primaries could seal it. Can it happen? You bet.

The Note: Split Screams
Either something is beginning to rumble in the Democratic race . . . or the race is already over (and someone just forgot to tell the superdelegates).

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