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Early in the summer, the conventional wisdom was that Democrats were happy with their choices of Presidential candidate, and that Republicans were not happy with theirs. If the news I'm reading today is any indication, things haven't changed much, at least for Republicans, even with Fred Thompson's late entry into the race. I suspect that is why (extremely) long-shot candidate Alan Keyes decided to throw his hat into the ring.
Democrats seem to be lining up behind Mrs. Clinton, though the other candidates still have strong supporters. Check out these stories from either side of the aisle:
Clinton Solidifies Edge as Rivals Take a Tougher Line
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has consolidated her early lead in the Democratic presidential contest, showing steady strength as the candidates head toward the first voting early next year.
She has been challenged for fund-raising supremacy and news media attention by Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina beat her to the punch in introducing big policy proposals. But nothing that her main rivals have done has so far has derailed Mrs. Clinton, leading them to begin rolling out aggressive new strategies aimed primarily at her, including courting black voters in South Carolina and stepping up attacks.
Read more at: NYTimes.com
G.O.P. Hopefuls Take Varying Paths in Wide Open Race
The race for the Republican presidential nomination remains remarkably fluid, with important constituencies like evangelical voters having yet to settle on a candidate, and the late entrance of former Senator Fred D. Thompson generating little excitement.
With the state of play so unsettled and Republicans still grappling with the political implications of the Iraq war and President Bush’s weakness, the leading contenders are plotting out strikingly different road maps to the nomination.
Read the rest at: NYTimes.com