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Romney Wins Delaware, Gingrich's Last Hope

He sweeps 5 states, stakes claim to GOP nomination

(Newser) - Is tonight the night that knocks out Newt Gingrich once and for all? Mitt Romney has won Delaware, billed as Gingrich's last-gasp chance, as part of a five-state sweep, according to the Wall Street Journal . In addition to Delaware, Romney won Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. He... More »

Rumors Grow Santorum Will Drop Out

Loss in Pennsylvania would be big embarrassment

(Newser) - The Boston Globe takes stock of the GOP race today with this front-page headline: "Santorum moves fuel predictions he will exit." Team Santorum is taking a few days off for the Easter weekend and is saying all the right things about getting back on the trail in force... More »

Harvard Alum Romney Knocks Obama for Time at—Harvard

But in Pennsylvania speech, Mitt inches more toward center

(Newser) - As Mitt Romney campaigns in Pennsylvania, he's traded harsh attacks for a more centrist tone—mostly. The campaign "isn't about one person or about even one party," Romney told backers. "We're Republicans and Democrats in this campaign, but we're all connected with one... More »

Romney Grabs Lead in Pennsylvania

Meanwhile, Santorum says 'damn right' we cling to guns, religion

(Newser) - Bad news for Rick Santorum: Mitt Romney has taken the lead in Santorum's own home state of Pennsylvania. Romney is at 42% support and Santorum at 37% in the latest Public Policy Poll , followed by Ron Paul with 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%. That's a gain of... More »

GOPers Smell Impeachment in Sestak Job Offer

Repeated calls to Holder to appoint special prosecutor

(Newser) - Republicans are calling for the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Joe Sestak's claims that someone in the Obama administration offered him a high-ranking job to drop out of the Pennsylvania primary race against Arlen Specter. And they've already used the “I” word. “It's very... More »

3 Big Primaries Test Voter Rage

Arlen Specter, Blanche Lincoln, Rand Paul in key races

(Newser) - Look to three big primaries tomorrow, in both parties, for a test of the country's anti-establishment rage and the chances that Congress will be even more polarized after November, reports the Los Angeles Times . In Pennsylvania, Democratic challenger Joe Sestak has pulled even with Arlen Specter with ads sneering that... More »

The 10 Most Important Primaries

Perry and KBH face off; Tea Party mounts challenge in Fla.

(Newser) - The 2010 primaries will see the GOP repairing its identity and soul-searching among Democrats. The 10 most important races, according to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post :
  1. Texas governor, R: Rick Perry is running for an unprecedented third term, and voters seem to approve. But Kay Bailey Hutchison is a
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GOP Lawmakers Holding Out on McCain

At least 14 say they won't endorse candidate

(Newser) - At least 14 GOP lawmakers are refusing to publicly support John McCain’s White House bid, and more than a dozen more are keeping mum about whether they back the senator, the Hill reports. A few say they are supporting their party’s candidate without going so far as endorsing... More »

Clinton Aides Start to Believe Own Spin

Wright controversy a godsend for Clinton

(Newser) - Optimism is spreading through Hillary Clinton’s once-dispirited war room, Politico reports, as a series of wins accumulate in their candidate’s column: fundraising has rushed in since Pennsylvania, she's collected some well-timed endorsements, she’s bobbed up in the polls, and Barack Obama is once again afflicted by Jeremiah... More »

Bill Resumes Central Role in Hillary's Campaign

Despite his critics, he seems to helping her regain momentum

(Newser) - Despite controversial remarks on more than one occasion, Bill Clinton has moved to the forefront of his wife’s campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports. In what some insiders call the “Billification” of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, the ex-President is pushing for sharper attacks on Barack Obama amid... More »

Between Barack and a Hard Place

Clinton can't win, but if she keeps winning, she can't quit, either

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton can’t win the Democratic nomination, Charlie Cook concedes in the National Journal, but if she keeps winning primaries, she’s stuck in “political purgatory:" She can’t quit, either. The primary system is such that for all Clinton's big-state victories and the media flak buffeting... More »

Age, not Race, Beat Barack in Pennsylvania

With 40% of voters over 60, the 'Grandma Bloc' made Hillary's win

(Newser) - The best explanation for Hillary Clinton's big win in Pennsylvania was not race but age, Jonathan Alter argues in Newsweek. A remarkable 40% of the voters in Tuesday’s primary were over 60, and Barack Obama’s 41-59% defeat in the demographic was the killer. Pennsylvania is second only to... More »

Clinton's Victory Demeans Uplifting Politics

NY Times columnists is sickened by Democrat's pandering

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton prevailed in Pennsylvania by dragging Barack Obama's bipartisan, hopeful vision through the muck, proving politics is “frequently mean and irrational,” Gail Collins writes in the New York Times. Clinton showed that the playing field is dirty, and that even the junior senator from Illinois would go... More »

Dems Look Small After Pa. Gutter Fight

Obama 'no longer the darling of his party,' took the biggest hit

(Newser) - Barack Obama, once the fresh-faced symbol of a new kind of politics, emerged from the Pennsylvania primary “stale, battered, and embittered,” Joe Klein writes in a stunningly dour piece on the state of the Democratic race in Time. Dragged into a morass of character attacks, some of it ... More »

Obama Aide: Dems Don't Win White Working Class Anyway

Bill Clinton pounces on comments in NC

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s top strategist yesterday downplayed the demographic that sank his candidate in Pennsylvania on NPR, noting that the “white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years.” Added David Axelrod: "This is not new that... More »

Race Looms Large After Obama Loss

Dems start asking whether a black candidate can win

(Newser) - Until recently, Barack Obama seemed to have quashed concerns about the chances of an African-American winning the White House. But as he inches closer to the nomination, more Democrats are beginning to ask whether white and other non-black voters will elect a black man in November. The question has taken... More »

Is Barack on the Rocks?

Punditry ponders electability gaps, buyer's remorse, next moves for Obama

(Newser) - How bad is the Pennsylvania result for Team Obama and what does it mean going forward? Three writers think it through:
  • “He can’t finish her off,” says Dan Kennedy in the Guardian. Obama scooped up presumptive-nominee status too soon, and now Americans have “buyer’s remorse”
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Pa. Primary Changed the Spin, not the Race

Both candidates try to shape narrative after predictable outcome

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania primary didn't change the basic parameters of the race for the Democratic nomination in any significant way, Andrew Romano writes in Newsweek. But it had a huge effect on the narrative, handing Hillary Clinton Exhibit A for her claim that  Barack Obama can't win over white men. She... More »

Hillary Win Leaves Dems Unmoved, Barack Weaker

Pennsylvania primary changed nothing, party operatives agree

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's 10-point win in Pennsylvania leaves the Democratic Party in the same quandary it was in before the primary, writes Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle, but with the pressure ratcheted up. While the race did not much improve Clinton's chances, it did expose Barack Obama's possible weaknesses... More »

Steadfast Coalition Delivers 55-45% Clinton Win

Women, whites, working-class were key

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton conquered Pennsylvania with the same coalition that drove her to victory in Ohio: white women, blue-collar workers and older voters. And once again, voters who decided in the last days of the primary skewed heavily toward the New York senator, reports Politico. The only surprise in her 55-45%... More »

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