March 5th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: McCain Clinches GOP Presidential Nomination
Sen. John McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination last night, and immediately castigated his potential Democratic rivals as liberals who lack the experience and wisdom to lead a country facing economic distress at home and engaged in war abroad.

Washington Post: Clinton Takes Wins in Three of Four Primaries
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won critically important victories in Ohio and Texas last night, defying predictions of an imminent end to her presidential candidacy and extending the remarkable contest for the Democratic nomination to Pennsylvania's April primary and perhaps well into the summer.

NY Times: Huckabee Cites Personal Victories in Conceding the Race to McCain
Mike Huckabee, the bass-playing Baptist preacher and former governor of Arkansas, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday night and endorsed Senator John McCain as the party’s candidate in November.

USA Today: Obama Says Contest Makes Him Stronger
On his way here for another election night vigil, Barack Obama said he's ready to fight for votes in Wyoming and Mississippi and relishes the prospect of a campaign that will "just make us stronger."

NY Times: Ballot Shortages Plague Ohio Election Amid Unusually Heavy Primary Turnout
A federal judge in Ohio granted a request late Tuesday from Senator Barack Obama’s campaign to extend the voting hours in 21 precincts in Cleveland by an extra 90 minutes because of a lack of paper ballots.

Washington Times: McCain Grabs GOP Bid, Faces Divided Party
Sen. John McCain, having survived the Republican primaries, now needs to bind a fractured Republican Party as he looks to the presidential election this fall.

Washington Post: Tempers Flare as Contests Heat Up
Tempers flared at several Texas voting precincts, and the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) traded accusations of rule-breaking yesterday during the hours leading up to evening caucuses where one-third of the state's delegates were to be awarded.

NY Times: In 2 Battlegrounds, Voters Say, Not Yet
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s victories in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday night not only shook off the vapors of impending defeat, but also showed that — in spite of his delegate lead — Senator Barack Obama was still losing to her in the big states.

Washington Post: Clinton Reasserts Edge
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) had long counted on Ohio as her firewall against the streaking Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) - and it was. Within the state, she banked on this reeling former steel town of Youngstown and the rest of the Mahoning Valley, which she visited three times in recent weeks.

USA Today: Clinton Continues On 'Invigorating' Run
Hillary Rodham Clinton has been telling Democrats for months that she's a fighter, and she proved it with an aggressive recovery strategy that helped her revive her moribund candidacy on Tuesday.

WSJ: Clinton Gains Slight Lead Among Democratic Voters Focused on the Economy
The economy topped Democratic voters' concerns again last night and large percentages reported they were worried about their own financial outlook - especially in the rust-belt state of Ohio. Sen. Hillary Clinton took a slight lead among those most focused on economic matters.

Washington Post: Some Who Fight for McCain Are Fighting Against McCain-Feingold
Some of the same conservative activists who have recently signed on to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are also still hard at work trying to undo his most famous legislative accomplishment.

Washington Post: OBAMA: In the Weeks to Come, A Costly Battle on Two Fronts
With losses in three out of four primaries yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and his campaign face a scenario that a barrage of advertising, phone calls and door-knocking could not avert - a protracted, two-front war against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain.

NY Times: With McCain Atop Ticket, Talk Shifts to Spot No. 2
Now that Senator John McCain is headed to the nomination, he can begin thinking seriously about perhaps the most important decision he will have to make as the Republican presidential nominee: the selection of a running mate.

WSJ: Web Donations Help Clinton Refill Her Coffers
After reaching such financial straits that she made a $5 million loan to her campaign last month, Sen. Hillary Clinton has had a resurgence with the support of hundreds of thousands of small online donors.

Washington Times: Clinton's Hits On Obama Don't Deliver Big Margins
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's relentless attacks on Sen. Barack Obama exposed his weaknesses and helped her regain support among her core voters in last night's contests, but did not deliver the decisive margins that several Democratic superdelegates said they were looking for to keep her candidacy alive.


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