The Note

The AP's Ron Fournier offers must-read mini-profiles of the Kerry campaign's senior staff. LINK

The New York Daily News keys off a Quinnipiac survey for a story reporting "Sen. John Kerry is the runaway favorite of New York Democrats and also would trounce President Bush here, a new poll showed yesterday."

"The Quinnipiac University survey showed Bush, a Republican whose aides once hoped could win New York on his post-9/11 popularity, getting pasted here, with 88% saying they would vote for Kerry if the election were today. Only 7% said they would vote for Bush." LINK

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal writes that Kerry's success -- despite the monikers the press and his opponents have stuck on him -- proves that voters have minds of their own. LINK

Read more from the trail with Kerry on LINK


The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne writes that Edwards has a new message and it is a "warning to free-traders: Guys, you'd better wake up. There's rebellion in the country, a justified revolt by workers who cannot understand why the economic recovery has produced so few new jobs." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Anderson and Rosenblatt report on Edwards' sunny campaigning in the Golden State as the candidate worked to "rally voters and replenish his campaign treasury in a lightning detour from his intense appeal for votes in a critical presidential primary next week in Wisconsin." LINK

Mark Johnson of the Charlotte Observer reports on Edwards' second place spot, Noting that it is both a help and hindrance for the Democratic candidate. LINK

Dan Kane of the Raleigh News & Observer reports on the vice presidential talk surrounding Edwards. LINK

The Raleigh News & Observer's John Wagner reports on Edwards two-state push in Wisconsin and California in anticipation of the states' upcoming primaries. LINK

Read more from the trail with Edwards on LINK


Walter Shapiro writes that Dean may be down, but he's not acting like he's out. LINK

The New York Times' Wilgoren reports that "as General Clark made plans to endorse Mr. Kerry, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Howard Dean made a direct appeal to Clark supporters." LINK

Dr. Judy makes a house call on the Dean campaign in Wisconsin, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Graeme Zielinski. LINK

Rick Pearson and Tim Jones with the Chicago Tribune visited the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh with Dean. He remarked "I feel like singing, this is such a beautiful place. But I won't. CNN would probably play it 633 times." And he met Howard the Ghost, who alledgedly haunts the opera house. LINK

Dave Umhoffer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asks if Dean's latest statements about John Kerry's fundraising mean that he is a "principled fighter" or a "spoiler and sore loser"? You decide. LINK

From ABC News' Dean campaign reporter Reena Singh:

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