TRAILMIX: Latest from Newspaper Blogs on Election 2008

By: Emily Vaughan

Hillary Clinton campaigned in Obama territory yesterday. The New York senator was a special guest at the Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer Dinner in Mississippi, but ran into groups of Barack Obama supporters that outnumbered her own three to one, says Krissah Williams at washingtonpost.com’s The Trail. Clinton tried to draw on her Arkansas background to appeal to Mississippi voters.

Ron Paul came as close as it gets to dropping out of the Republican campaign now that John McCain has locked up int nomination with delegates, says Andrew Malcolm at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket. Paul overwhelmingly won the primary to retain his House seat in Texas, and in a special video message to supporters he urged them to keep fighting for him. He never used specific language to say he was leaving the race, but in the farewell-type speech he did say “the presidential campaign will soon wind down.”

Obama adviser Samantha Power withdrew and apologized for her anti-Clinton comments made to a Scottish newspaper. Power called Clinton a “monster” and that she was “stopping to anything” to win the nomination, says Rick Pearson at the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. The Obama camp later released a statement where Power said she regretted the remarks and that she respected Clinton.

Florida state Democratic senator Bill Nelson sent a letter to Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, asking to end the uncertainty over the state’s delegates and to pay for another primary, says Mark Memmott at USA Today’s On Politics. Nelson said it was “the only fair way” to handle the situation, though Dean has said the DNC won’t pay.

The Republican National Committee doesn’t want Democrat-haters to go astray. The RNC owns at least 25 domain names in relation to Clinton and bought 20 about Obama after he won in Iowa, says Kitty Bennett at The New York Times’ The Caucus. Now they’ve starting buying anti-McCain names, like voteagainstmccain.com, to prevent strikes against their candidate.

The Democratic NAFTA dispute just got more confusing when Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail published a story saying a Clinton official had reassured Canada not to take too seriously the anti-NAFTA remarks made my Democrats on the campaign trail, exactly what the Clinton camp accused Obama of doing, says Scott Helman at the Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence. The Clinton team has denied that they did the same thing.

Rush Limbaugh urged Republicans to sabotage the Democratic primary in Texas by voting for Clinton, who he sees as a weaker opponent against McCain.
Though Obama still won the Republican vote 53-46 over Clinton, it was a much slimmer margin than in any other contest, says Susan Davis at The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire. Laura Jean Kreissl, an election official in Canyon, Texas, contacted The Wall Street Journal about the “Rush Limbaugh voters” she saw on election night. Kreissl told the Journal that 70 of the
181 voters she personally dealt with had voted for Clinton to sabotage the Democrats.

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