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44: January 27, 2008 - February 2, 2008

A Competitive Primary, a Family Divided

The competitive Democratic primary has set husbands against wives. --Jose Antonio Vargas

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2008; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Calif. Contest Leads to Battle of the Bands

California Democrats go to the polls on Tuesday and that can only mean one thing: a sudden surge in campaign efforts to trot out the brightest cultural stars in the Left Coast firmament. --Garance Franke-Ruta

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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McCain Picks Up John Edwards's Song

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Now that former North Carolina senator John Edwards has exited the presidential race, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is seizing the opening -- on the music front, that is. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2008; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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With Female Surrogates at His Side, Obama Crisscrosses the West

As Barack Obama has made his way across the plains states and West this week, one feature has been nearly as consistent as the talk of hope and change: he almost always has a woman or two by his side. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2008; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Obama's Private Idaho

More than 14,000 people turned out to pack the Boise State University Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho, to see Barack Obama speak. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Obama's Grassroots New York Campaign

New York may be Sen. Hillary Clinton's home turf, but the Obama campaign is targeting four heavily African American congressional districts in New York City, says State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem, an Obama supporter, as well as ethnically mixed and majority-white areas throughout the state. --Robin Shulman

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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At McCain Speech, a Paul Rally Breaks Out

By Juliet Eilperin ST. LOUIS -- Everything about Arizona senator John McCain's appearance in an...

By Post Editor  | February 1, 2008; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
 
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Conservative Endorsements for McCain, but No Thaw with Limbaugh

By Juliet Eilperin ABOARD THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN PLANE -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) touted the...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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California Democratic Race Tightens

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton once enjoyed a healthy lead in California, but private polls taken in the past few days show the race tightening. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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House Republicans Contact FBI Over Financial Irregularities

The FBI has been notified and asked to investigate allegations of financial fraud at a fund-raising arm of the House Republicans, capping a week of bad news for the beleaguered minority party. --Paul Kane

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Harlem Divided Over Presidential Race

Harlem -- a legendary black neighborhood in the Clintons' home turf -- is contested country. --Robin Shulman

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Huckabee Questions Romney's...Maturity

How racy is too racy for a Republican presidential candidate? How about the word "puberty?" --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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A Big Day for Endorsements

Endorsements may or may not mean much, but they often say something. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Clinton Advisers See a Race Through March

All eyes are on Feb. 5, but the Clinton campaign is looking ahead even further: to March 4, when both Ohio and Texas will hold their nominating contests. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Obama Talks Economy in the Southwest

On a day when the government delivered a gloomy jobs report, Sen. Barack Obama staged an economic summit -- featuring two former members of the Clinton administration cabinet - that quickly turned into a pep rally for his presidential campaign. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Obama Sets New Online Record

Sen. Barack Obama has set a new online record, raising more than $28 million online in one month. --Jose Antonio Vargas

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Jetting the Oprah Way

Obama's report filed with the Federal Election Commission, however, shows his campaign also received some travel assistance from the nation's wealthiest woman. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Clinton Donor is Also Clinton Vendor

One of the biggest beneficiaries of Hillary Clinton's campaign spending during 2007 was also one of her top donors, the former Rhode Island Democratic state chairman, Mark Weiner. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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MoveOn Backs Obama

The liberal activist group MoveOn.org has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president after a lopsided vote of the group's membership. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Giuliani Campaign Pays Giuliani Firms

As Rudy Giuliani returns to the consulting world after his year-long bid for the presidency, he will find a little extra loot in the company coffers, courtesy of his campaign. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain Seeks Reagan Mantle

John McCain's latest ad on national cable has one goal: reassuring conservatives at a time when Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other commentators are attacking his candidacy and Ann Coulter is even vowing to campaign for Hillary Clinton if McCain is the GOP nominee.--Howard Kurtz

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Obama Presses Electability Argument

Just in case there was any notion that last night's Democrat debate was all sweetness and light, Barack Obama made clear this morning that he thought he had scored some points that bore repeating. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Track the '08 Money Chase

New on postpolitics.com: Fourth-quarter fundraising data for nearly ever presidential campaign is now available. See...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | February 1, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Green Zone  
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Barrier-Breaking Race, Ready For Close-Up

LOS ANGELES - Sometimes the most important aspects of a presidential campaign are the least remarked upon. Thursday's Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the obvious inescapable.--Dan Balz

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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Candidates Made Each Other's Points

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By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  The Debates  
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Elbows Get Sharper as Debate Wears On

By Alec MacGillis LOS ANGELES -- Well, that didn't take long. After opening up the...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Romney Cast as Foil for Easy Laughs

By Alec MacGillis LOS ANGELES -- Both Democratic candidates seem eager to take on Mitt...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Point Scoring on Immigration

By Alec MacGillis LOS ANGELES -- A big guffaw went up in the huge press...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Tax Rates, Past and Future

By Alec MacGillis LOS ANGELES -- One of Democrats' concerns about Barack Obama early on...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stakes High Going into Hollywood Democratic Debate

By Anne E. Kornblut Sen. Barack Obama described the Democratic contest as "the past versus...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Exploring Healthcare Differences Again

By Alec MacGillis LOS ANGELES -- It took a while during the back and forth...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama: One of Us Will Be President

By Alec MacGillis LOS ANGELES -- It's on. Barack Obama reached out to Hillary Clinton...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Democratic Giants Court N.M. Hispanics

In a span of four hours, just three miles apart, Sen. Kennedy and former president Clinton held court in Albuquerque, the largest city in this, the most heavily Hispanic state in the nation. --Jose Antonio vargas

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Michelle Obama, Stumping in a Small State

Delawareans are accustomed to being ignored in the days before big primary elections. So it was with great fanfare that Michelle Obama swept through the 30-mile-wide state today to rally her husband's troops. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Independents? In Florida?

By Jon Cohen Independents helped lift John McCain to victory in Florida. Really. As widely...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Pollster  
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A Warehouse Rally, a Blast at McCain

Romney continued to blast McCain for what he said are knowingly false assertions about Romney's statements. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  John McCain, Mitt Romney  
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McCain's GOP: Big Tent or Badly Fractured?

Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger: The new faces of the GOP? (Dan Balz). By...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take, John McCain  
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Schwarzenegger Gives McCain the Green Light

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed Sen. John McCain's presidential bid this morning, saying he represents "a great future." --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Obama Picks Up House Endorsements

Rep. John Larson today became the first senior member of the House Democratic leadership to endorse a presidential candidate, and his pick is Sen. Barack Obama.--Shailagh Murray

By Washington Post editors  | January 31, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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In Senate, Stimulus May Wait for Super Tuesday

Are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton holding up your tax checks?--Jonathan Weisman

By Washington Post editors  | January 31, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama to Report $32 Million Raised in Jan.

The campaign of Barack Obama will report having raised at least $32 million in the month of January, a staggering amount for one month, campaign manager David Plouffe said this morning.--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  | January 31, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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A Clinton Corner in Obama's Home Town

Both the Clinton and Obama camps are vying hard for the Latino vote in the week leading up to Super Tuesday. And both candidates also have Chicago connections that make Illinois, with one of the country's larger Latino populations (5 percent of the electorate) and a long history of powerful Latino politicians in Chicago, look like fertile ground. --Kari Lydersen

By Web Politics Editor  | January 31, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Bill Low-Keys It in Denver

Following Barack Obama into Denver, former president Bill Clinton gives a subdued speech to less-than-capacity crowd.--Peter Baker

By Washington Post Editor  | January 31, 2008; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Amps It Up

Obama's rhetoric against Hillary Clinton has been growing sharper through the week. --Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post Editor  | January 31, 2008; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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In His Own Words: Giuliani's Endorsement

Rudy Giuliani bowed out of the Republican presidential contest and endorsed front-runner and longtime friend John McCain. Giuliani calls the Arizona Senator 'the most qualified candidate to be the next commander in chief of the United States.'

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | January 30, 2008; 9:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Video Report  
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McCain vs. Romney, At Last (& Huckabee & Paul, Too)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog will be fact checking -- live and in real...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Giuliani Abandons White House Run, Endorses McCain

John McCain (R-AZ) and his wife Cindy (R) smile as his former rival former New...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Move Over YouTube, Here Comes YouBama

By Jose Antonio Vargas Never mind YouTube. Now there's YouBama. Yesterday, Stanford grads Chris Pedregal...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blame It on the Kids

The youth movement behind Obama isn't just bringing 18-year-olds to the polls -- it's also providing cover for their parents. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drawing on Deep Ties, Kennedy Reaches Out to Hispanics

When Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hits the campaign trail for Sen. Barack Obama Thursday and Friday, his focus will be Hispanics, a voter group that doesn't know Obama well, but that has deep ties to Kennedy, who for 45 years has championed immigration rights. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rudy's Endorsement Just a Start for McCain Team

By Juliet Eilperin ABOARD THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN PLANE -- Sen. John McCain's (R-Fla.) campaign manager...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Edwards Adviser Trippi Points a Finger at the Press

Standing outside in a New Orleans neighborhood awaiting John Edwards's speech here today, one of his senior advisers said that the central challenge of the campaign -- and its eventual failure -- revolved around efforts to "break through" in the media when so much was focused on the duel between Clinton and Obama. --Peter Whorisky

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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John Edwards: 'Time for Me to Step Aside'

John Edwards abandoned his presidential race this afternoon. But in reality, the former senator's long White House journey ended a year ago, Democrats who are close to Edwards said. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A More Subdued Bill?

Has Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton silenced her surrogate-in-chief? --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Thanks Edwards for 'Public Service'

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton thanked former Sen. John Edwards and his wife "for their years of public service" following news that he had ended his bid for the presidency. But she said she had not asked him for his endorsement. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Praises Edwards, Hopes for His Backing

Barack Obama showered John Edwards with praise today at the outset of a huge rally here, saying his former rival for the Democratic nomination's "campaign may have ended, but his cause lives on for those who believe we can achieve one America." --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Edwards's Next Act

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) speaks to the media after announcing that is he withdrawing...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards  
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McCain's Allies Expecting Endorsement Wave

John McCain's allies were already working to quickly capitalize on his newfound front-runner status. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Bay State Battleground

In past elections, Massachusetts, that bluest of blue states, has served mostly as a cash machine for Democratic presidential candidates, but with this year's Feb. 5 primary, the Bay State is now a fiercely contested battleground.--Keith B. Richburg

By Washington Post editors  | January 30, 2008; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The King is a Friend of Hers

In the topsy turvy war of endorsements, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton picked up a surprise one here this morning: Belvis. An entertainer -- one of a few -- known as the Black Elvis.--Anne E. Kornblut

By Washington Post editors  | January 30, 2008; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chelsea Clinton Finds Her Voice

Chelsea Clinton can talk! And here's the big news, sure to be ominous for those who abhor political dynasties: She can talk very, very well. --Joel Achenbach

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lamont Campaigns for Obama

Looking ahead to Super Tuesday, the question arises: Whither Ned Lamont, the antiwar, antiestablishment Connecticut would-be U.S. senator who won the Democratic primary in 2006?--Robin Shulman

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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John Edwards to Leave the Race

Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) will end his bid for the presidency today in New Orleans, bringing to a close a five-year quest for the nation's highest office. --Chris Cillizza

By Web Politics Editor  | January 30, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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John McCain's Florida Victory Speech

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) addresses his supporters after winning the Florida primary election.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | January 29, 2008; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain's Volunteer Army

McCain's campaign mainly relied on an "all-volunteer army" to propel their candidate to victory. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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County-by-County Results

County-by-County Results To see how the GOP contenders fared in Florida, click the image...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mitt Romney Concedes

"Almost, but not quite," former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney declared to a crowded ballroom of his supporters after his loss to Arizona Sen. John McCain in Florida. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 9:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCainiacs Rejoice

Thirty-five year old Charlie Delano has been a self-proclaimed "McCainiac" since 1999. Tonight, finally, he felt like a winner. --Juliet Eilperin

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McCain Wins Florida

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) greets his supporters at his Florida primary election night rally...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Camp, Tongue in Cheek, Declares Fla. Tie

By Garance Franke-Ruta Still in high spirits after the Obama campaign's landslide South Carolina victory,...

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Clinton Thanks Florida Voters

After winning Florida's non-binding Democratic primary, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton thanked Florida voters for their support. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Exit Polls: How McCain Won

Updated 11:20 p.m. By Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta Network exit polls out of Florida...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Plays Up Midwestern Roots in Kansas

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, right, waves with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., following a rally at...

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Millions of Robocalls from McCain

The John McCain campaign placed a total of 10 million robo-calls to Florida voters over the past few days, according to McCain's spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama's Ground Game Advantage

Political campaigns play to their strengths, and one realm where Sen. Barack Obama has excelled is the ground game.--Peter Slevin

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As Florida Votes, No GOP Role Model Intact

President Bush's last State of the Union address and the final day of campaigning before Tuesday's Florida primary drew a disconsolate portrait of the political party that just three years ago this week believed its future was unlimited.--Dan Balz

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Tea Leaves to Read in Floor Moment

It was not a snub. That was the word today from Barack Obama, who said he was taken aback by the suggestion, rampant on cable news shows this morning, that he had deliberately jilted Hillary Clinton on the floor of the Senate last night when she leaned over to shake the hand of Teddy Kennedy, who was standing beside Obama.--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Confident McCain Says Security Will Dominate Fla. Vote

With Florida Gov. Charlie Crist by his side, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) arrived at a local polling station and told reporters he believes the issue of national security will dominate today's GOP primary.--Juliet Eilperin

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Florida, from Panhandle to Keys

Political Geography of Florida Once again, The Washington Post's crack team of graphic artists...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 29, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Many Lobbyists Among McCain Fundraisers

Sen. John McCain attempted to capitalize on the resurgence of his presidential campaign at a Washington, DC fundraiser last night that was expected to raise more than $300,000.--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Richardson's Choice

As the highest-ranking Hispanic in the Democratic Party, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement is being aggressively sought by the Clinton and Obama campaigns. --Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post Editor  | January 29, 2008; 5:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Democrats  
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Criss-Crossing the Sunshine State With Romney

The Washington Post's Perry Bacon Jr. is on the campaign trail with Republican Mitt Romney in Florida.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | January 28, 2008; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain, Clinton Leading California Poll

By Karl Vick LOS ANGELES -- The latest poll out of California has Sen. John...

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Where a Short Walk Is Not Just a Short Walk

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)stands next to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) as Obama's presidential rival...

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Chasing Rudy in Florida

Rudy Giuliani opted to stake his candidacy on success in Florida, spending little time in other early primary states. A look at three places where he campaigned and a sense of what Republican voters think of him.--Video by Pierre Kattar

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | January 28, 2008; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton, Obama Make Quick Trip Back to Senate Floor

A pair of late afternoon Senate votes brought Obama and Clinton together in rare proximity and made for some drama on the Senate floor.--Shailagh Murray

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2008; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kennedys Gather in Support of Obama

It was a Democratic tableau for the ages: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and Rep. Patrick Kennedy taking turns at the podium to bestow the misty mantle of Camelot on Sen. Barack Obama.--Shailagh Murray

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | January 28, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Rezko Arrest, an Echo of Hsu?

Is Antoin "Tony" Rezko the new Norman Hsu?--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Passing the Kennedy Torch

For political symbolism, there is little that can top Edward M. Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama. Before a jam-packed arena at American University, the lion of the Senate passed the Kennedy family torch to the young senator from Illinois in his bid to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.--Dan Balz

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain Tells 'Tale of Two Mitts'

Sen. John McCain has launched a series of negative radio and web ads against former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, hoping to convince Florida voters headed to the polls tomorrow that his chief opponent is both unelectable and unreliable when it comes to taking conservative policy stands.--Juliet Eilperin

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama 2008 vs. Jackson 1988

Former Pres. Bill Clinton caused a stir this week by comparing Barack Obama's success in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson's in 1988 and 1984. But an analysis of the data shows that, while there are some similarities, Obama has already crossed racial divides in his presidential bid that Jackson never did.--Jon Cohen

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Small Rezko Shadow on Big Endorsement Day for Obama

Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning author who famously declared Bill Clinton America's "first black president," has decided to endorse the man who really would earn that designation, Barack Obama. Alongside that good news for the Illinois senator from the world of high letters, though, came an unwelcome word from the world of low politics: Tony Rezko is headed to jail.--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Romney Paints McCain as Flip-Flopper

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Florida, one of the Republican candidates is calling the other an ambitious flip-flopper who will say anything to get elected. The twist this time is it's Mitt Romney, not John McCain, doing the accusing.--Perry Bacon Jr.

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Giuliani Confident in Last Florida Push

Rudy Giuliani told a small crowd at an airport rally Monday morning that he intends to confound conventional wisdom by winning Florida and using the victory in the Sunshine State to become the Republican nominee.--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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McCain Hits Back at Romney Attacks

Under attack by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) openly mocked his opponent for shifting his stance on issues ranging from immigration to climate change.--Juliet Eilperin

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Crunching the South Carolina Numbers

Sen. Barack Obama did not win South Carolina solely because the electorate there was disproportionately African American. If half as many black voters turned out, Obama still would have beaten Clinton, albeit not by as large a margin.By Peter Baker

By Washington Post Editor  | January 28, 2008; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Romney, Remembering Gordon Hinckley

On the eve of a key primary here, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney brought up a topic he has usually avoided: his Mormon faith. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Washington Post Editor  | January 28, 2008; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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AG Edwards?

By Matthew Mosk John Edwards for Attorney General? That's an idea that has been gaining...

By Washington Post Editor  | January 28, 2008; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Obama Vows to Return All Rezko Funds

Campaign says it will scrub records for additional contributions tied to controversial businessman.

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Romney Seeks Shift Back to Economy

"I'm going to remind him of his statements time and again about his lack of understanding of the economy," Romney says of McCain.

By Post Editor  | January 27, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Romney Lashes McCain Over Washington Record

By Zachary A. Goldfarb Two days before the critical Florida primary, Mitt Romney sought to...

By Post Editor  | January 27, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Sen. Kennedy to Endorse Obama

Sen. Ted Kennedy will endorse Sen. Barack Obama tomorrow at American University, campaign sources said. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (217)
 
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Why Crist Went for McCain

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist elaborated today on his decision to back Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), saying he was most qualified to be president on the basis of his national security credentials. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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After Florida Primary, a Clinton Visit

Ramping up her push into Florida, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that she will travel to the state on Tuesday night -- just in time for a victory party after the state's beauty contest primary. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Clinton on Clinton and Togetherness

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Bill Clinton, national healer? That was the man Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton described here this morning in the wake of reports that her husband had compared her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama, to the Rev. Jesse Jackson. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Obama's S.C. Victory Speech

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By washingtonpost.com Editors  | January 27, 2008; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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