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TRAILMIX for Thursday: Obama Eyes McCain-And Vice Versa?

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TRAILMIX for Thursday: Obama Eyes McCain-And Vice Versa?

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In today's edition of news from newspaper campaign blogs: Democrats smash records for their primary turnout, McCain "eye contact" issue continues beyond the debate, UK conservatives to rethink their "special relationship" with the US and about those Georgetown republican elitists...Links at the bottom. Democrats smash all records for primary turnoutPolitical IntelligenceBoston GlobeBy Foon Rhee The American University Center for the Study of the American Electorate new study reveals that turnout in the primaries reached nearly 57.4 million or 30.3 percent of the eligible electorate only slightly lower than an all time high of 30.9 percent recorded in 1972. Foon Rhee in reporting on the study's results in Political Intelligence, points out that Democratic turnout exceeded Republican turnout by 16.1 million (36.7-20.6 million), with McCain winning the GOP primary three months before Barack Obama. Democratic turnout averaged 19.4 percent of eligible voters. Democrats set turnout records in 26 states this year and Republicans in only 11. It's the "eye contact" issue again for McCain & ObamaThe CaucusNew York TimesBy Jeff Zeleny and Michael Cooper For the second time in less than a week, the presidential candidates crossed paths in Washington over the economic "relief" "rescue" and "bailout" package. Both candidates turned up this afternoon on Capitol Hill to vote on the latest version of the economic package and Zeleny and Cooper of the Caucus reported that just before the vote, Senator Obama walked over to the Republican side of the chamber to extend a greeting to Senator John McCain. According to those present, he got a chilly response from Senator McCain who "barely pivoted his body as he took Mr. Obama's hand for a handshake that lasted just a moment. The eye contact was just as brief." Next opportunity for eye contact will be next Tuesday at their second presidential debate. The "other" racesThe FixThe Washington PostChris Cillizza

With all the focus on the presidential candidates -- and, this year, the veeps -- other races are overlooked. Cillizza does his best to rectify that on the governors' side with his five top races and much more.

Washington WireWall Street JournalBy Alistair MacDonald Even conservative UK leaders are rethinking the "special relationship" with the U.S. that began with Churchill and has continued through the administration of Tony Blair. Liam Fox the conservative party's defense spokesman, said at their party gathering in Birmingham this week, that in order to be a successful partnership that works, there has to be benefits to both sides. …

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