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Campaign 2008

Did Rush Limbaugh's Hillary-voting Republicans break Ohio law? In Ohio, voters who switch parties and lie about their sincere commitment to the party's principles are committing "election falsification," a felony punishable by a six to twelve month jail sentence and a $2,500 fine. Fortunately for crossover voters, the law is unenforceable.

Obama wins Mississippi. Exit polls showed racially-polarized voters, with only 9% of black voters going for Clinton and 27% of white voters supporting Obama. Exit polls also showed that Clinton voters seem less attached to their candidate: 15% said they'd be disappointed if she was the nominee, while 4% of Obama voters said they'd be disappointed.

Geraldine Ferraro played racial politics this week for Hillary Clinton, who dumped her in the controversy. Ferraro told Daily Breeze, "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. … He happens to be very lucky to be who he is." Mickey Kaus says Ferraro's right. Ta-Nehisi Coates says she's racist. Jonathan Cohn says it's best to ignore her.

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New York loses a governor and Hillary Clinton loses a superdelegate as Eliot Spitzer falls.

Democrats nixed the idea of a mail-in revote for the Florida primary. Michigan Democrats are deciding whether or not to have a revote in June.

The Pew Research Center conducted a pre-March 4 poll that found Barack Obama "riding high." However, voters question his toughness and say he hasn't provided policy specifics. News that may help John McCain: voters seem to be more optimistic about Iraq.

In news of religious leaders, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says McCain should work harder to get social conservatives excited about his candidacy. Obama's pastor stirs up controversy with inflammatory remarks about America -- remarks Obama says "I vehemently condemn." Read WoW's coverage here and here.

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