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HILLARY'S BIG NIGHT CONTINUES
Southwest to Midwest, Clinton Picks Up Two More Toss Up States
Two more closely contested toss-up states have gone for Hillary Clinton.

MISSOURI
Barack Obama outspent Hillary by $300,000 in TV ads in Missouri. He also benefited from the endorsements of high-profile surrogates across the state such as Representatives Carnahan and Clay, and Senator McCaskill, all of whom actively campaigned for him and appeared in ads on his behalf.

Despite these challenges - and with the help of Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt - Hillary Clinton won this important toss-up state.

Oops.

Update: From the Hill, where I write a weekly column:

Political pundits have made much of Obama’s endorsements, especially the support of Kennedy. In the end, it was not enough to close the gap in Massachusetts or to wrest away the victory from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) in Missouri and Arizona [...]

Napolitano and McCaskill are part of a group of prominent red-state Democratic women to back Obama. The Illinois senator did win in Kansas, home of Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is also supporting him.

Double oops.

Update II: To recap, MSNBC, Politico, and Reuters all called Missouri for Clinton when it was clear she didn't have the margins necessary for such a call. CNN played it safe, calling states after MSNBC had done so, and thus ends the night without egg on its face.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 09:50 PM PST.

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