ABC News' The Note

The Raleigh News & Observer's Rob Christensen writes, "No North Carolinian since horse-and-buggy days has landed on a national presidential ticket -- a goal that eluded such famous Tar Heel politicians as Gov. Terry Sanford and Sen. Jesse Helms." LINK

The Raleigh News & Observer's Lynn Bonner writes, "The tremors of Edwards' selection rippled beyond North Carolina to South Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana." LINK

"Looking over the list of fools, felons, wannabes and has-beens who have been vice president of the United States, it is surprising that a bright and go-getter politician like Raleigh's U.S. Sen. John Edwards would get within shouting distance of such a loser job," writes the Raleigh News & Observer's Dennis Rogers. LINK

The Charlotte Observer's Tim Funk and Jim Morrill write that "Kerry gave his presidential campaign a boost of energy and signaled his intention to carry his campaign into the South." LINK

Edwards plays in the battleground state media:

Though Edwards lost by a 2-to-1 ratio in Missouri's Feb. 3 presidential primary, what got Democrats talking was where the North Carolina Senator collected most of his votes: rural Missouri, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. LINK

"John Edwards sued people for a living and he was good at it," leads an article in the Arizona Daily Star which highlights Edwards' membership into the Inner Circle of Advocates, a little-known who's who of marquee trial lawyers like Johnnie Cochran. LINK

The St. Petersburg Times editorial board praises Kerry's judgment. LINK

Graham backers in the Sunshine State are at peace with Kerry's decision. LINK

Florida's top election officials hash out the process for verifying 48,000 voters who have been identified by the state as potentially ineligible cast ballots. LINK

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert writes, "While many analysts Tuesday were touting Edwards' potential appeal to rural swing voters, it was his appeal to suburban voters that jumped out from the Wisconsin exit polls in February." LINK

Scott Fornek of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois Dems are happy with Kerry's decision. Sen. Durbin says anyone else would have been a surprise. LINK

State Democrats are praising Kerry's pick in New Hampshire, and think it may put him over the top in the Granite State, according to the Union Leader's John DiStaso. LINK

The Union Leader calls Kerry/Edwards a "liberal ticket" that isn't a good ticket for anti-war protesters. LINK

The Albuquerque Journal's Andy Lenderman reports that New Mexico Democrats are applauding the pick as they prepare for a Friday rally with the candidates.

From the Iowa perspective, the Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont writes that the selection erased "any hopes that an Iowan would get the nod" and that it is the first ticket to include both the winner and runner-up of the Iowa caucuses. LINK

The Des Moines Register's tag-team of Jane Norman and David Yepsen tell us how this has all helped Vilsack LINK and LINK

And in more Iowa-centric self-praise, the Des Moines Register's Lynn Campbell adds that the selection gave "a new, heightened status to the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses." LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Thomas Fitzgerald and James Kuhnhenn write "Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina will campaign Wednesday for the first time . . . introducing a new Democratic ticket that strikes a balance in geography, personal background and temperament." LINK

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