ELECTION NEWS, 2-3-04
Lieberman Quits Presidential Race
Senator Joe Lieberman -- the Dems' Vice
Presidential nominee in the 2000 elections -- will quit the race
for the Democratic nomination. An announcement is planned for later
this evening. Read
Ron Fournier's report for The Associated Press. (9:02 pm)
Kerry Takes Missouri, Delaware --
Clark and Edwards Fight For Top OK spot,
Lieberman May Be Next To Drop Out
As results continue to roll in across the country
from today's primaries, CNN is projecting John Kerry the
winner in both Delaware and Missouri, and results in Oklahoma are
producing a dogfight for the top spot between John Edwards
and Gen. Wesley Clark. Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Lieberman,
who had been counting on a victory in Delaware to boost his flagging
effort, is now scheduled to meet tonight with top advisors at his
HQ in Rosslyn, Virginia. Read
the latest from CNN.com (8:37 pm)
Edwards Wins South Carolina Primary
The first results from the seven states holding primaries
and caucuses across the country today are in, and CNN is projecting
Senator John Edwards the winner of the South Carolina primary.
Edwards' camp considered South Carolina a must-win if he was to
go on pursuing the Democratic presidential nomination, and to slow
the momentum John Kerry picked up from back-to-back wins
in Iowa and New Hampshire. Read
the latest from CNN.com (7:03 pm)
Maria Shriver Quits NBC News Post
Opts For CA First Lady Duties Instead
Guv Schwarzengger's wife, Maria Shriver,
resigned from NBC News today, saying she could
not juggle a journalism job with her duties in Sacramento, though
she says will continue to work on some special programs. Read the
Press report and read Gary Delsohn in The
Tuesday, February 3
CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll:
Kerry and Edwards Lead Bush
The latest Gallup Poll -- released
on Monday -- shows both Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John
Edwards lead President Bush in head-to-head matchups
for the general election. Kerry bested Bush by 7 points (53% for
Kerry, 46% for Bush) and Edwards by a slim 1 point (49% for Edwards,
48% for Bush). In addition, Gen. Wesley Clark emerged as
a strong opponent, trailing Bush by only 3 points (Bush 50%, Clark
47%). Bush's approval rating continued its downward momentum, for
the first time dipping below 50 percent and showing an 11-point
decline since the December capture of Saddam Hussein. Click
here to read the story about the poll results.
The Day Before His Biggest Possible Primary Day,
Kerry Finds A Not-So-Flattering
Newsweek Article Hits The Stands
The Feb. 9 issue of Newsweek hit
the stands today with an article by Michael Isikoff
that re-examines an old story about John Kerry's 1996 fundraising
effort -- which crossed paths with Johnny Chung and a lieutenant
colonel in China's People's Liberation Army who was also vice president
of a Chinese-government-owned aerospace firm. It's the kind of old
news that just might keep John Kerry from the clean sweep he seeks
in the 7 states that vote tomorrow. Click
here to read this week's Newsweek article.
Times Poll: KerryLeads In Most Feb. 3 States --
Edwards Grips South Carolina, Dean Keeps Sliding
The latest Los Angeles Times/CNN
poll shows John Kerry with double-digit leads in Missouri
and Arizona -- two important states where voters will go to the
polls on Tuesday. John Edwards holds the lead in South
Carolina while, according to an MSNBC/Reuters/Zogby
poll, Gen. Wesley Clark holds a narrow lead in Oklahoma.
The Times poll gives no hope to Howard Dean for a Tuesday
turnaround, and shows that Joe Lieberman "isn't a
factor in any of the states polled by the Times." Early strategy
from Camp Lieberman was centered around Feb. 3 victories in Arizona,
Oklahoma and Delaware. Read Ron
Brownstein in The Los Angeles Times, and click
here to read analysis from Times polling director Susan Pinkus.
Newsweek Poll: Bush Approval Slips To All-time
Kerry Could Win in November
President Bush's popularity rating hit an
all-time low of 49 percent in the latest Newsweek
poll, which found that Senator John Kerry could oust Bush
in November by taking 48 percent of the vote to Bush's 46 percent.
Those general election match-up numbers are within the poll's 3-point
margin of error, putting Bush and Kerry in a statistical dead-heat.
The Associated Press report on the Newsweek Poll.
This Story Is Just Fantastic!
There's no question about it -- that's what Guv
Schwarzenegger said while reading today's Los Angeles Times
piece about his use of his favorite word. You, too, should be reading
Mathews in the Los Angeles Times. It's fantastic!
Dems Fired Up For Feb. 3 Voting
There's wall to wall coverage today of the upcoming
Dem primary voting in Missouri, Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma,
Delaware, New Mexico and North Dakota, but these (in addition to
The Times poll, above) are the must-reads: Dan
Balz in The Washington Post, and Marjorie
Williams in The Washington Post; Todd
Purdum and David Halbfinger in The New York Times, and Jodi
Wilgoren and Jim Rutenberg in The New York Times; and Ron
Fournier's report for The Associated Press.
Boxer banks $5 million for campaign
The campaign of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
sits on $5 million (that's cash-on-hand) heading into 2004, according
to end of year reports filed with the Federal Election Commission
today. None of her GOP rivals even came close to Boxer's total,
as former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin reported $272,706,
former Los Altos Hills Mayor Toni Casey reported $354,030,
and former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian reported $10,534.
the Associated Press report.
TV Ad Moves On to CNN
After having their TV ad rejected by CBS
for airtime during tomorrow's Super Bowl, Moveon.org has
found CNN more than willing to sell them some time
slots on Sunday. Read George
Raine in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Dems Debate in SC Reflects A Whole New Ball Game
With the Democratic presidential nominating contest
moving on from the Midwest and Northeast US, the candidates debate
in South Carolina provided more evidence of John Kerry's
new frontrunner status -- and saw Howard Dean slip comfortably
into the role of underdog. Read
Katharine Seelye and David Halbfinger in The New York Times.
Dean Fundraising Drops Off
After second place showings in both Iowa and New
Hampshire, Howard Dean's record-breaking fundraising efforts
have fallen so dramatically that his campaign is now withholding
staff salaries and has decided not to run ads in any of the states
holding primaries on February 3. Read
Sharon Theimer's report for The Associated Press.
Dean Shakes Up Campaign Team--
Joe Trippi's Out, Roy Neel's On Deck
Dean for America campaign manager Joe Trippi
-- the man credited with taking Howard Dean from unknown
also-ran to the front of the Democratic presidential pack through
an unprecedented internet-powered grassroots effort -- was replaced
by long-time Al Gore aide Roy Neel yesterday in
an effort to stabilize Dean's faltering campaign. Read Nedra
Pickler's report for The Associated Press.
Judge Slams Fair Political Practices Commission
For the second time in just four months, a Sacramento
judge this week labeled as an ``absurdity'' the way California's
campaign watchdogs have interpreted state law, finding in both cases
that the Fair Political Practices Commission wrongly opened
loopholes allowing candidates to avoid limits on political fundraising.
The two cases -- one that let Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante
duck campaign contribution limits and the other that allowed Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger to ignore a cap on how much he could
lend his campaign -- point to what critics say is commissioners'
deference to the very politicians they're supposed to police. Read
Witt in The San Jose Mercury News.
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