The Note

Earlier in the evening, Kerry spent 10 to 15 minutes talking with Edwards about the direction of the Democratic campaign, and the two congratulated each other on their respective campaigns. In the end, Edwards reached out to Kerry for a private meeting some time in the near future.

One group, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, has already reached out to Kerry. The legal group, long committed to Edwards, will meet with campaign officials Wednesday. Kate Snow also reports that Edwards, in a 10-15 minute phone conversation with Kerry yesterday, pledged to raise money for him.

Read more from the trail with Kerry on LINK

Edwards: USA Today 's Lawrence writes that Edwards started the race "as an asterisk and ends it with a national reputation." LINK

In a separate piece, Lawrence goes over the differences between Edwards and Kerry to determine why Kerry won. LINK

The Washington Post 's Harris Notes "for all the positive things people said about {Senator Edwards} and the positive message he ran on, he could not persuade most Democratic voters that he was the party's most plausible nominee against President Bush this fall." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Martelle on Edwards as Democratic "star" after this first presidential bid. LINK

Randal Archibold of the New York Times writes that Edwards will announce his departure from the presidential race at the high school his late son Wade attended. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Mishra reports on Edwards' kind words for Kerry and his exit today. LINK

And lots of Edwards nostalgia from North Carolina today:

Jim Morrill and Tim Funk of the Charlotte Observer report on Edwards bow out of the race for the Democratic nomination, Noting that he even offered supporters in last night's speech a eulogy for his own efforts on the campaign trail. LINK

John Wagner and Dan Kane of the Raleigh News and Observer report on the withdraw of Edwards from the competition, marking the end of an improbable campaign for the presidency that swept many up with its message of positivism, eliminating poverty, bettering race relations and fighting for civil rights. LINK

John Wagner of the Raleigh News and Observer reports on Edwards travel to Raleigh, where he is expected to officially announce his withdraw from the race. LINK

Rob Christensen of the Raleigh News and Observer Notes Edwards rise out of political oblivion to assuming a leading role as a contender for the nomination, Noting that — though he stopped short of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — while on the campaign trail he impressed voters with a fresh face, optimistic voice, and promising message. LINK

Lynn Bonner of the Raleigh News and Observer Notes that Edwards supporters have been slow to concede their candidate is leaving the contest. LINK

The waiting is over. Now that his campaign has come to an end, the Raleigh News & Observer has learned that Edwards' Secret Service code name was "Speedway." LINK

From ABC News' Edwards campaign reporter Gloria Riviera:

ATLANTA, March 2 — They were, like the candidate they believe in, disciplined as all get out.

Not 10 minutes before Senator John Edwards was to take the stage in Atlanta, spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri maintained the campaign was "goin' to Dallas!" She even said it with half a smile.

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