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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 5, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Party Rules Help McCain, Roil Race for Democrats
By winning delegate-rich states such as New York, Sen. John McCain attained a solid lead over his rivals yesterday but must continue to accumulate victories this month and in March to secure the Republican presidential nomination. After competing victories in multiple states by each of the two remaining Democratic candidates, however, the Democratic nomination contest remained muddled. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton each won substantial new delegates due to the party's rule apportioning them according to the vote.

Washington Post: Democrats' Votes Display a Racial Divide
Yesterday's primary voting laid bare a profound racial and ethnic divide among Democratic voters, with African Americans overwhelmingly preferring Sen. Barack Obama, while Latinos largely favored Sen. Hillary Clinton.

LA Times: With No Losers, The Fight Goes On
Not long ago, political strategists viewed Super Tuesday as a day that would likely crown the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, a 24-state extravaganza that would bring the long primary campaign to an orderly conclusion. They were wrong. Instead of producing nominees, Tuesday's voting revealed the fault lines for a continuing fight within each party.

NY Times: As Romney Falters in Republican Race, Huckabee’s Drive Gathers Momentum
Even before the results were clear on Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s advisers conceded that they faced a steep climb to the nomination because of simple delegate math.

WSJ: Tight Contests Draw Big Voter Turnout
Close races in both parties appeared to have sparked intense voter interest in yesterday's polls, and turnout seemed likely to hit record numbers in many states, following unexpectedly large showings in last month's primaries.

Washington Post: Huckabee Complicates GOP Contest
After his disappointing showing in South Carolina, Mike Huckabee was supposed to be a spent force. The former Arkansas governor's triumph in the Iowa caucuses would be relegated to the history books and deemed no more significant than Christian evangelist Pat Robertson's besting George H.W. Bush in the Hawkeye State two decades before.

NY Times: McCain’s Political Rebound Defied Popular Wisdom
Mr. McCain’s big victories on Tuesday night, which gave him a commanding lead in the race for his party’s nomination, represented one of the most remarkable resurrection stories in recent American politics. How it happened has as much to do with events beyond Mr. McCain’s control — the success of the troop buildup he supported in Iraq, Rudolph W. Giuliani’s decision not to contest New Hampshire — as it does with the stubbornness of Mr. McCain, a former prisoner of war, to stick it out.

USA Today: 'Bragging Rights' Go To Both Dems
The Democratic presidential race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama sprinted through 22 states Tuesday and emerged as it was before: deadlocked.

WSJ: Will McCain Make Nice to the Right?
The next big hurdle for John McCain isn't the Feb. 12 primaries. It's his appearance tomorrow before the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, whose verdict on the Arizona senator could make or break his presidential aspirations.

NY Times: Voting Goes Smoothly in Most Places
Despite long lines, confusion among poll workers and scattered computer malfunctions, there were no reports of widespread problems Tuesday as voters showed up in record numbers to cast ballots for their preferred presidential candidates.

Washington Times: McCain Backers Help Huckabee Win
The first victory of the day went to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who came from behind to defeat former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in West Virginia's Republican convention. Mr. Huckabee gained his victory, which gives him all of West Virginia's 18 delegates to the Republican National Convention, when supporters of Sen. John McCain of Arizona threw their votes to Mr. Huckabee to thwart Mr. Romney.

NY Times: A Less Hectic Schedule Ahead
With the coast-to-coast frenzy of Tuesday’s voting behind them, the candidates can now look forward to a comparatively relaxed primary and caucus schedule between now and the next big round of nominating contests, on March 4, when voters in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont go to the polls.

WSJ: Clinton Taps Unexpected Weapon: Chelsea
In the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, young voters have rallied behind Barack Obama. Now, as he also makes incursions into Hillary Clinton's core constituency - women - with support from Oprah Winfrey, Caroline Kennedy and others, Mrs. Clinton has pulled a seldom-used weapon.

Washington Times: Hillary The Lesser Threat To McCain
Sen. John McCain, who took a major step last night toward locking down the Republican nomination, matches up in a general election far better against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton than Sen. Barack Obama, according to election strategists and pollsters.


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