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Democrats do the math and find no answers

Facing a revived Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat Barack Obama has dropped a tenet of his early strategy that seemed vital to his January successes: the conviction that he can win almost anywhere if he has enough time to engage voters. With the important Pennsylvania contest six weeks away — a near eternity in presidential primaries — Obama is playing down his chances here, even though a victory would effectively finish Clinton. His aides are emphasizing instead the need to campaign in North Carolina, Indiana and other presumably friendlier states that will vote even later.
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Clinton baits but Obama isn’t biting

If Hillary Rodham Clinton is baiting her Democratic presidential rival with increasingly pointed criticisms, Barack Obama isn't biting. At least not yet. Savoring his Mississippi primary victory Tuesday, Obama brushed off the aggressive tactics of Clinton and her supporters, said he'd support her in the fall if she happens to win and predicted a united Democratic party in the general election.
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Clinton plays the race card

While publicly claiming she disagrees with racist statements by former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton refuses to remove Ferraro from her fundraising role with the campaign, sticking with a race card strategy that shows how increasingly bitter her "win at any cost" strategy has become.
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Obama crushes Clinton in Mississippi

Barack Obama coasted to victory in Mississippi's Democratic primary Tuesday, latest in a string of racially polarized presidential contests across the Deep South and a final tune-up before next month's high-stakes race with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania. Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana. His triumph seemed unlikely to shorten a Democratic marathon expected to last at least six more weeks — and possibly far longer — while Republicans and their nominee-in-waiting, Sen. John McCain, turn their attention to the fall campaign.
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Obama aims for Mississippi win

Mississippi Democrats are deciding the last in a series presidential contests between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton before the two rivals settle in for a six-week battle to win Pennsylvania. Mississippi's large black electorate in Tuesday's voting makes it fertile ground for Obama, who has swept the other Deep South states and has pulled huge margins among black voters. Clinton, the New York senator and former first lady, campaigned in the state last week, but by Monday was in Pennsylvania, where the primary is April 22.
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A simple solution to the Dems’ delegate dilemma

Democrats are talking about a "redo" of the Florida and Michigan primaries, as if they were reshooting a movie scene. We are told it's not because a redo could give Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won both states when she said they didn't count, an unfair advantage in her desperate search for delegates. It's because Clinton says it's not right to deny Florida and Michigan delegates a seat -- and a vote -- at the August convention in Denver.
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McCain seeks to cash in on nomination

This is the week John McCain takes a measure of what the Republican nomination is worth. The Arizona senator, less than a week removed from having secured enough delegates to become his party's presidential standard-bearer, sets out on a nationwide fundraising drive aimed at restocking his campaign kitty.
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Florida mail-in primary plan gains traction

A consensus began to emerge Sunday that the best way to give Florida's Democrats a voice in electing a candidate for president lies with the U.S. Postal Service. The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida and Michigan of all their convention delegates — a total of 313 — for holding their primaries too early, making both contests meaningless. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won both states, but no delegates. Her rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, did not appear on Michigan's ballot.
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