Making news today
Manchester was a distant memory for most of the presidential field before the first edition of the Union-Leader hit the newsstands this morning; the rest will be gone by lunchtime.
New Hampshire changed nothing, and it changed everything. The race is still as wide-open this morning as it was before yesterday’s vote. But the differences dominate headlines this morning: John McCain’s effort, once on life support, is looking healthier than many of his main GOP opponents. And Hillary Clinton’s campaign obit, and Barack Obama’s seemingly-unstoppable momentum, both feature newly-minted question marks.
After traveling in a pack from Des Moines to Manchester, the candidates spread out across the country now as the race goes national. South Carolina is one of the next big prizes on the calendar, and John Edwards and Mike Huckabee are joining Fred Thompson there today. But Rudy Giuliani, who released a Spanish-language ad yesterday, is in Florida. Mitt Romney and John McCain are focused on Michigan, where the Arizona senator is again looking to steal a win despite Romney’s theoretical home-field advantage, and the former Massachusetts governor is still seeking his first primary win. And Barack Obama visits the heart of Clinton country, stumping in Jersey City – just minutes from New York City, and his main rival herself – before swinging into Manhattan to pick up some serious campaign cash.
The Culinary workers are set to announce their presidential pick this morning at 11 a.m. PT; Barack Obama is the rumored choice (or at least: he was, before the polls closed.)
Meanwhile: we’re more pleased than you can imagine to announce that the campaign trail forecast in the Palmetto State today is a balmy 73 degrees in Columbia.
– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand