IT IS DECISION DAY in Indiana and North Carolina...The polls have been open for 30 minutes already in Indiana and JUST opened in North Carolina. VOTER turnout is expected to be HUGE today...A LOT on the line today for both candidates. Analysts say Hillary MUST win one of the two states to justify staying in the race...but will or can Obama finally seal the deal and win BOTH states? It is just TOO CLOSE to call...ALL eyes BETTER be on CNN tonight...Anderson and the "best political team on TV" will take to the air at 7pm to and will have all the analysis and all the votes...
A quick look at the morning papers...It is ALL politics...take a look...
CNN: Indiana & North Carolina –The Final Round...In all, 187 delegates are at stake in Indiana and North Carolina. Clinton, the junior senator from New York, knows that the results in these two states could shake up the race.
WASHINGTON POST: Two Candidates, Two States and One Big Day...On a final, fevered day of campaigning, Sen. Barack Obama looked to voters in Indiana and North Carolina to reverse a string of defeats in key states, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fought to keep her improbable comeback hopes alive with a pair of strong showings.
POLITICO: Clinton Fate Hangs In The Balance...If Hillary Clinton wins in either Indiana or North Carolina Tuesday, the primary election terrain suddenly begins to look more favorable to her than at any other point since Super Tuesday Feb. 5.
CNN: Clinton Goes Negative in Last Minute Ad...Hoping the proposal to suspend the gas tax will resonate with working class voters in Indiana and North Carolina, the Clinton campaign launched a last-minute ad in those states Monday that sharply attacks rival Barack Obama for not supporting the measure.
LATIMES: Indiana May Feel Coattail Effect in the Fall...Voters in Indiana and North Carolina go the polls today in the biggest day of balloting left on the waning presidential primary campaign calendar. Most have little at risk.But for members of Congress, who are among the superdelegates holding the outcome of the Democratic contest in their hands, the stakes are more personal. For those facing tough reelection fights - in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and here in Indiana - political survival could depend on their choice and on which candidate, Clinton or Obama, leads the ticket in November.
NY TIMES: For Two Primaries, Several Scenarios...It’s almost over. Well, not quite. But the Democratic presidential primaries taking place on Tuesday in North Carolina and Indiana have more delegates up for grabs than any of the remaining contests. For political, demographic and mathematical reasons, those states have the potential to reshape the competition between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
WASHINTON POST: Who's More Red, White and Blue-Collar? The presidential race has turned into a riveting competition for ordinariness, as both campaigns have concluded that whoever does a better job of winning over voters - an average blue-collar adult in an average American town of 60,000 - is more likely to triumph in Tuesday's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.
USA TODAY: Candidates Rely On Family To Help Get Message Out...On the eve of the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton dispatched some of their most powerful surrogates to get out the vote: their relatives.
LA TIMES: Barack Obama Is Pushing A Regular-Guy Image...Forget the eloquent speeches, the elegant suits and the Ivy League pedigree; Barack Obama is not so different from you, just a regular guy. With an eye to white working-class voters, Obama has recalibrated his image to bat away impressions that he is out of touch, an elitist.
WSJ: Trade Stances Reframed For Indiana, North Carolina...Weeks after slamming the North American Free Trade Agreement in Ohio, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have retooled their messages for Indiana and North Carolina, states that have made gains from free trade amid losses elsewhere.
ALL for now...
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