April 9th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Boston Globe: Democrats' Ads Flood Pa.; Poll Suggests Obama Gains
A Quinnipiac University poll out yesterday had Clinton leading 50 percent to 44 percent, but that 6-point edge is down from 9 percentage points last week and 12 points in mid-March in the same survey. The new poll, conducted Thursday through Sunday among 1,340 likely Democratic voters, had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Washington Post: Pittsburgh's Young Mayor Wants City to Line Up Behind Clinton
At 28, the youngest big-city mayor in modern U.S. history, Luke Ravenstahl has become one of Hillary Clinton's key backers in Pennsylvania, her top surrogate in its second-largest city and an effective rejoinder to the idea that Sen. Barack Obama, her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, has a lock on young voters in the state.

WSJ: Ads Prod Candidates on Issues of Trade
A new advertising campaign designed by a coalition of domestic manufacturers and a labor union was unveiled Tuesday, aimed at getting the presidential candidates to take tougher stances on trade, particularly against China.

Washington Post: Groups Step Up Efforts to Avert Voting Mishaps
The NAACP National Voter Fund and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation are tracking voter complaints, and more than 1,000 lawyers have volunteered to staff polling places and call centers to guard against voter suppression. The participants said they are hoping to use information assembled during the primaries to force local election officials to make changes to avert the problems that drew complaints after the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

WSJ: Clintons Disagree Over a Free-Trade Pact With Colombia
Mark Penn, who lost his job as chief strategist to the Hillary Clinton campaign because of his work for the Colombian government on a controversial trade pact, wasn't her only adviser with such ties. Another is Bill Clinton. Mr. Clinton supports the pact with Colombia even though his wife opposes it, a Clinton campaign spokesman said Tuesday.

AP: Superdelegates Pressured To Back Obama
Eager to stop intraparty fighting, dozens of Virginian Democratic Party leaders are urging Virginia's superdelegates to unite around Barack Obama for president.

WSJ: McCain Raised $15 Million in March But Still Lags Behind Rivals
Sen. McCain's March total compares with the $11.6 million he raised in February and $11.8 million in January, reflecting the time he has spent at high-dollar fund-raisers around the country. But he is being vastly out-raised by his Democratic rivals, underscoring the Arizonan's larger problems motivating the Republican base.

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