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Sat., Aug. 23, 2008, 9:02 a.m.

That was the week that was

It started with Barack Obama on vacation, and John McCain talking tough on Georgia and gaining ground in the polls.

It ended with Obama announcing his pick for vice president in Springfield. (Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, if you haven't heard.)

In between there were two new guessing games: How many houses does John McCain own? How many commercials can the campaigns get out of one comment? Click here to see the three so far.

On Tuesday, Washington voters cast their ballots in the first-ever top two primary that had few surprises but set up the gubernatorial grudge match between Dino Rossi and Chris Gregoire. With votes still being counted, both sides were proclaiming themselves pleased with the results, and dissing their opponent's showing. The results basically show a split in voter preferences between the Puget Sound and the rest of the state. Click here to see a map of the votes.

Looking ahead: The Democratic Convention in Denver starts Monday, and everyone seems ready.
Even the McCain campaign, which posted this video on the Web:

The only question is, what would Charlton Heston think of the implication he's a Democrat?

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