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THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2008

How old is too old? How young too young?

The AP and Gallup are polling almost constantly on the presidential election. Here's a look a what they call the age factor, which could work both ways in the campaign in coming months.For more poll videos, click on Read Full Entry.To offer an opinion or…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2008

Cunningham on Obama; McCain on Cunningham

For those who read about the controversy in this morning's paper or elsewhere on the Web:Here's a clip of what radio talk jock Bill Cunningham said about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at a rally for GOP candidate John McCain, and McCain's reaction/repudiation.Watch it, read…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2008

Turban warfare?

A picture may have been worth a thousand words in the pre-Internet days. This one might be worth about a thousand times that, in terms of charges, counter-charges, rumors, innuendo and blog posts.This is the photo of Sen. Barack Obama in local garb during a…

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MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2008

Obama widens gap slightly

Sen. Barack Obama continued to pull ahead of Hillary Clinton in tallies of the Democratic votes cast statewide and in Spokane County for the Feb. 19 presidential primary. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took firm control of second place in the Republican primary, but still…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2008

Obama inches ahead in Spokane County

Sen. Barack Obama inched ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton for the first time Friday in the counting of presidential primary ballots in Spokane County.With more than 56,000 Democratic ballots tallied countywide, Obama has 27,349 ballots, or a lead of 335. Clinton had a lead of…

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Visualize Spokane County voting

Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are practically tied in the current count of Spokane County ballots. But that doesn't mean it's an even split around the county.Here's a look at how the votes broke down in the primary, based on the latest numbers. Darkest…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2008

Into the congressional race

Mark Mays, a Spokane psychologist and attorney, is running as a Democrat for Congress in Eastern Washington’s 5th District.Mays informally announced his candidacy Thursday, in an e-mail and at a lunch with about a dozen potential supporters, including current and former Democratic Party officials and…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2008

What about some other results? wrote:"The presidential primary coverage is all well and good, but the reason I am on the site this morning is to find out how the Tekoa School District and Newport School District levies did. Any news to report?"Here's what we know at this point:Both…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2008

Clinton, McCain ahead in Spokane County

Sen. Hillary Clinton took a slim lead among Democratic voters casting ballots in Spokane County. With about 32,000 Democratic ballots counted, Clinton has 50.5 percent, Sen. Barack Obama has 46 percent.In the Republican primary, which actually counts for delegates, Sen. John McCain his a commanding…

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Clinton, Obama about even, McCain ahead

Latest results from Washington State.With about 50,000 Democratic ballots counted,Hillary Clinton has 49 percent; Barack Obama has 48 percentWith about 32,000 Republican votes counted,John McCain has 49 percent, Mike Huckabee has 25 percent, Mitt Romney, 17 percent and Ron Paul 7 percent.

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Wisconsin update

Wisconsin is reporting 48 percent of the precincts counting:McCain 54 percent, Huckabee 38 percent, Paul 5 percentObama 56 percent, Clinton 43 percentAll the national news organizations have called both races for McCain and Obama.

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McCain takes Wisconsin

Sen. John McCain is expected to win the Republican primary in Wisconsin, CNN is reporting.They're basing it mainly on exit polling. The poll sites just closed at 8 p.m. Central, which is 6 p.m. Pacific.With 7 percent of the precincts reporting, it's McCain with 56…

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Primary ballot update

Although technically they count for a lot less, Democratic ballots are running slightly ahead of Republican ballots in Spokane County.As of today, the County Elections Office has logged in 51,552 Democratic ballots and 47,370 Republican ballots. That's a split of 50.4 percent to 46.3 percent.Wait…

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MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2008

In case you missed it.

Republican John McCain's campaign seems to be trying to get as much mileage as possible out of the endorsement from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington.The McCain campaign announced the endorsement on Friday, and the McMorris Rodgers campaign followed suit with a parallel announcement.On…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 17, 2008

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2008

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2008

McCain likely not coming

If you heard the rumor that GOP presidential candidate John McCain was coming to Spokane -- and it has been circulating since Tuesday -- it's probably time to stop spreading it.McCain's Washington state campaign was trying to bring their guy in, and had some tentative…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2008

Where our super delegates stand

Washington state’s super delegates to the Democratic National ConventionEndorsing Hillary ClintonSen. Patty MurraySen. Maria CantwellRep. Norm DicksRep. Jay InsleeKing County Executive Ron SimmsEndorsing Barack ObamaGov. Chris GregoireRep. Adam SmithNational Committeewoman Pat NotterUncommittedFormer House Speaker Tom Foley *Rep. Brian BairdRep. Rick LarsenRep. Jim McDermottState Chairman Dwight…

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About those GOP caucus results...

Facing the prospect of a legal fight with the Huckabee campaign over precinct caucus results, State GOP Chairman Luke Esser issued a statement Tuesday morning insisting he did nothing wrong in declaring John McCain the winner Saturday night. He even managed to work in a…

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2008

Political gladiator

This is a spoof. It's not an example of what kind of programming we could expect if the writer's strike continued for another month.But, on another note, would we have even more participation in the caucuses in primaries if this were real...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2008

And now for notes from the GOP side

Mitt Romney might be out, but Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's campaign wanted supporters to remember that he's still in it.Friday night, his campaign staff sent out a pump up the troops memo saying buck up, we've got 27 states left to go."Gov. Huckabee is not…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2008

Michelle Obama: He's ready

The question isn't if Barack Obama is ready, Michelle Obama said. "The question is if we're ready," she said.Change happens from the bottom up, she said."It is not just about getting someone new sitting in the Oval Office," she said. "We've had that."Michelle Obama said…

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The Obama family tree

Michelle Obama noted that her husband's mom was an 18-year white woman when Barack Obama was born."Now you know she was a dreamer," she said.She noted that her husband's family history, including his Kansan grandparents and the other side of his family, who are from…

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