2008 Campaign Weekly Roundup (February 4-8, 2008)
by 2008 Central, Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 04:06:50 PM EST
[Republished from 2008Central.net]
A roundup for February 3-8 on the Democratic side...
- Super Tuesday Results:
- Hillary Clinton won Arizona, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
- Barack Obama won Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah.
- The winner of New Mexico is yet to be determined, but with 99% of precincts reporting Hillary Clinton is currently ahead by 1,123 votes.
- Delegate Standings Projections (including superdelegates):
- Hillary Clinton: 1076
- Barack Obama: 1006
- The Obama campaign has stepped up its argument that if Hillary Clinton is the nominee elected Democratic officials in conservative areas may suffer from a backlash by sending out a mailer that blames the Clintons for Democratic losses between during the 90's and the 2000 election.
- The Clinton campaign clashes with MSNBC and just two days after TPM asks"Is Obama Being Hurt By MSNBC And His Other Media Worshippers?"
- Debatarama: Hillary Clinton challenges Obama to a debate a week (including one on Fox News) between now and March 4. After some back forth, the campaigns eventually agreed to hold two debates - one in Ohio and one in Texas.
- Obama campaign pushes for the release of Hillary Clinton's tax returns. When pressed on this issue during a press conference call, Clinton Communications Director obfuscated by asking "When will Senator Obama release the complete details of his relationship with Tony Rezko?"
- Barack Obama picks up Washington's Governor Chris Gregoire; Clinton gets Rep. Norm Dicks.
- Fund Race: Following reports that Hillary Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million dollars, the Obama campaign used this information to kick off a fundraising blitz, which the Clinton campaign countered. Now that the dust has cleared, the totals so far since Super Tuesday show Obama with an edge, but Hillary Clinton isn't getting blown away:
- Barack Obama: Over $7.5 million (figures disclosed yesterday, so this number is sure to be higher now)
- Hillary Clinton: About $8 million; 75,000 new donors (figures disclosed today)
- Bill Clinton promises to be nice going forward, clarifies his role in a Hillary Clinton administration; JW criticizes.
A roundup for February 3-8 on the Republican side...
- Super Tuesday Results:
- John McCain won Arizona, California, Connecticu, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Oklahoma.
- Mitt Romney won Alaska, Colorad, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Utah.
- Mike Huckabee won Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia.
- Delegate Standing Projections:
- John McCain: 724
- Mitt Romney: 281
- Mike Huckabee: 196
- Ron Paul: 14
- Mitt Romney suspended his presidential campaign on February 6 and noted that he was motivated in part out of concern that continuing his quest would help get Obama or Clinton elected, which would mean surrender to terrorists (Romney's argument).
- Fred Thompson endorsed John McCain and called on the rest of the party to get behind McCain.
- Mike Huckabee promises to carry on with his campaign and demonstrated his commitment to the trail by appearing as a guest on the Tyra Banks Show (you have respect anyone that wants something so bad that they're willing to sit across from Tyra for an hour...shudder).
- James Dobson backed Mike Huckabee; Huckabee's connection to televangelist Kenneth Copeland are likely to be the subject of a Senate investigation into Copeland's ministry (we blogged about Huckabee's connection to Copeland in late January).
- Ron Paul's blimp was grounded after being vandalized.
- Question: Ron Paul making a third party run? Answer: No.
- Cindy McCain taken to task on her "grudge list" among other things.
Tags: 2008 election, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, campaign finance, Candidate Spouses, Cindy McCain, Democratic Candidates, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, issues, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Republican Candidates, Republican Graveyard, Ron Paul, Super Tuesday (all tags)