Tuesday Primary Media Roundup

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Below is a roundup of what the media are saying about Clinton, Obama, McCain and Huckabee's chances in today's primaries:


The Note
: Project Survival: The Big Contests Are Must-Wins -- Period

Texas and Ohio headline four states that vote on Tuesday, and while the Clinton dynasty/legacy isn't on the ballot, it isn't very far removed from it, either. Anything other than a clear victory for Clinton (though what that means is already subject to debate) will heighten calls for her to cede the Democratic nomination fight to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

For Clinton, the big contests are must-wins -- period, the end. After 11 straight losses, her campaign is running out of states to slow Obama's momentum, and running out of explanations for why Obama's victories shouldn't matter.

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter: Hillary's Math Problem

Hillary Clinton may be poised for a big night tonight, with wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island. Clinton aides say this will be the beginning of her comeback against Barack Obama. There's only one problem with this analysis: they can't count.

I'm no good at math either, but with the help of Slate's Delegate Calculator I've scoped out the rest of the primaries, and even if you assume huge Hillary wins from here on out, the numbers don't look good for Clinton. In order to show how deep a hole she's in, I've given her the benefit of the doubt every week for the rest of the primaries.


The Fix
: Ohio-Texas Two-Step: Afternoon Update

For their part, the Clinton campaign seemed to already be looking beyond today's primaries with a conference call this morning designed to (yet again) shine a light on the relationship between Obama and real estate developer Tony Rezko who is standing trial in Chicago.

"As Democrats are prepared to begin voting...there are many, many, many more questions than answers for Senator Obama in regard to the Rezko matter," said Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson. "Democrats have a right to know these questions when considering who will be the best nominee to confront Senator McCain in the fall."