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Potomac Primary Round-Up

In the days leading up to Feb. 12, and The Washington Post will be scouring the web for news and commentary -- largely from outside the metropolitan area -- to supplement our coverage with additional viewpoints and posting what we find here and to the Virginia Politics blog.

In the aftermath of Super Tuesday, much of the latest coverage cites a range of people expressing pleasure at the region's newfound political power-player role.

"We're looking forward to people paying attention to what's going on in Virginia," U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott, an Obama supporter who represents Newport News, told the Roanoke Daily Press. "It will be the first time in a long time."

And Va. Gov. Tim Kaine said: "I like the fact that Virginia is not on a day where there's 25 states. We're going to get some very focused attention by the candidates in both parties over the next week," according to a story posted on WHSV-TV's web site.

"Local and national political candidates started airing television advertisements in the region Friday, while volunteer phone banks were established in Arlington County and literature drives (or so-called "lit drops") were visible in Alexandria, Montgomery and Baltimore," writes Adrienne T. Washington in the Washington Times.

Across the Potomac, similar sentiment: "This is a meaningful role for Maryland," Hood College history professor Ken Latkovski, professor of history at Hood College, said in an article from the Frederick News-Post's Karen Gardner. The story also examines a bit of Maryland's recent primary history. (As this very blog notes, Mitt Romney is scheduled to appear at a dinner in Halethorpe, Md., a community near Baltimore, on Thursday night.)

Looking for more political analysis? Maryland "sets up extremely well for Obama. It has a large population of affluent suburbanites, liberals and college students -- the core of his white support in other states," writes Paul West in the Baltimore Sun. "More important, Maryland has the highest proportion of black voters of any state outside the Deep South."

And on the Republican side in Maryland: "Romney could pick up delegates in the more conservative, pro-business districts in Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore," writes columnist Barry Rascovar in the Baltimore Community Times. "He might score well in conservative GOP bastions around Baltimore city, too. McCain should win favor among the "inside the beltway" crowd and city dwellers. The key for McCain in Maryland, though, is Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor might siphon off enough votes to dilute Romney's totals and give McCain first place in many congressional districts."

Finally, for sports nuts, a little conflation of politics and Hoya hoops from the Vox Populi blog, which wonders if the cagers' fortunes are heralds of Sen. McCain's fate.

More to come. Feel free to share links you find in the comments below.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison,

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 6, 2008; 4:55 PM ET
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