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US election at-a-glance: 3-9 May

WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

Barack Obama wins the North Carolina Democratic primary with a bigger-than-expected majority, and loses in Indiana by a lower-than-expected margin, which leads many commentators to suggest that he is inexorably on his way to clinching his party's nomination. His rival Hillary Clinton nevertheless vows to continue her campaign "until the nominee is chosen". Republican presumptive nominee John McCain appeared on US comedy programme The Daily Show, on which he sparked a row by suggesting that Barack Obama would be Palestinian militant organisation Hamas's favoured candidate.

KEY QUOTES

"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on... Senator Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again... There's a pattern emerging here."
Hillary Clinton

I just want to report that this morning I personally checked John McCain's bearings. He has not lost any of them
Joe Lieberman

"I don't think [Mrs Clinton's argument about Mr Obama's lack of support among white voters] carries any more weight than anyone who will argue that the fact that she only got 8% of the African-American vote in North Carolina indicates that she cannot get African-American votes in the general election."
Senior Democratic Congressman James Clyburn disagrees with Mrs Clinton

"In cartoons there is often a moment when a hapless character, having galloped over a cliff, is still unaware of the fact and hangs suspended in the air, legs pumping wildly, until realisation dawns, gravity intervenes and downfall ensues. Hillary Clinton's campaign looks a bit like that this week."
A nameless leader writer for The Economist displays an impressive awareness of popular culture

"This will be a very difficult year for Republicans. The economy's shaky state, an unpopular war, and the natural desire for partisan change after eight years of one party in the White House have helped tilt the balance to the Democrats."
George W Bush's former strategy chief Karl Rove gets pessimistic

"For him to toss out comments like that, I think, is an example of him losing his bearings as he pursues this nomination. We don't need name-calling in this debate."
Barack Obama
objects to John McCain's description of him as Hamas's favoured candidate

"He used the words 'losing his bearings' intentionally, a not particularly clever way of raising John McCain's age as an issue. This is typical of the Obama style of campaigning."
Mark Salter
, aide to John McCain

"I just want to report that this morning I personally checked John McCain's bearings. He has not lost any of them. They are all in really great shape."
McCain supporter Joe Lieberman has the inside track

NUMBER NEWS

The media might be dominated by talk of the death of the Clinton campaign, but recent polls indicate that her prospects are far from moribund in at least two forthcoming contests.

In West Virginia, which holds its primary on Tuesday 13 May, two polls published this week both suggest that she will cruise to victory with a massive margin.

Rasmussen has her ahead of Barack Obama by 29 points (56%-27%), while ARG gives her a staggering 43-point lead (66%-23%).

Two surveys of voters in Kentucky (which holds it primary seven days after West Virginia), suggest that Mrs Clinton is also set to do well in the Bluegrass State.

Rasmussen gives her a 25-point lead over Mr Obama (56%-31%) and SurveyUSA has her on 62%, 34 points ahead of Mr Obama on 28%.

The only consolation for Mr Obama will be a Rasmussen poll from Oregon (which holds its primary on the same day as Kentucky), putting him ahead of Mrs Clinton in the state 51%-39%.

WEEKLY PICTURE

Barack Obama
The presumptive nominee? - Many media commentators decided this week that Barack Obama had won the Democratic nomination, after his better-than-expected showing in North Carolina and Indiana.





Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
365
McCain - Republican
173
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