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"Kerry overwhelms Dean in stunning surge," reads the Manchester Union Leader headline. LINK

The Manchester Union Leader takes a look at the town by town results. LINK

"Besides Manchester and Nashua, Kerry was the clear victor in Concord, Londonderry, Rochester, Salem, Somersworth and Dover. He took smaller towns in each county and ended the night with nearly four out of every 10 votes cast."

"Dean took the city of Keene, hard by his state of Vermont, winning 1,717 to 1,484. Dean's victories in early tallies among smaller towns were primarily in the northern and western part of the state, closest to Vermont. One exception was Winchester, just south of Keene, where Kerry won by a 203-179 vote."

The Boston Globe's Anne Kornblut reports on how Kerry captured "front-runner status." LINK

But the Globe's Peter Canellos writes that this thing isn't over quite yet as Kerry tries "to achieve the air of inevitability." LINK

The New York Times' Todd Purdum writes that Dean has to win somewhere and that Kerry has yet to be tested nationally or by minority voters. LINK

The New York Times' ed board thinks the race shouldn't be decided by just Iowa and New Hampshire. LINK

Howie Kurtz writes that "the media wizards seemed confused last night." LINK

The New York Times' William Safire imagines what all political reporters dream of: a brokered Democratic National Convention. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Julia Angwin checks out the buses -- campaign and media -- tooling around the campaign trail.


From ABC News Kerry campaign reporter Ed O'Keefe:

At first glance, Kerry's approach to Feb. 3 boils down to three-pronged attack: 1) bask in the free media bounce, 2) build awareness through visibility, and 3) ads, ads, ads.

The Kerry campaign hopes momentum from New Hampshire will give their candidate an advantage, especially due to the campaign's pre-Iowa organizational deficiencies in February 3rd states. The hope is, whatever Kerry may have lost by focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire will be more than regained by virtue of winning Iowa and New Hampshire.

Since his official announcement in September, Kerry has not traveled to South Carolina since that month, Arizona since November, New Mexico since December, and not at all to the remaining four states. To make up for this deficit, the campaign plans an all-out media and travel blitz to every contested 2/3 state. Senator Kerry begins his seven-day-seven-state charge Wednesday, traveling first to Missouri then to South Carolina.

Three ads will rotate in each state. "The Good American," an ad featuring footage of Kerry walking through the jungles of Vietnam with an M-16 and discussing "doing what's right" with regard to health care and taxes, concludes with swift boat mate Del Sandusky vouching, "He's a good American." A second ad featuring David Alston, an African-American minister from South Carolina, focuses on veterans issues. Both "The Good American" and "Alston" will play heavily in Veterans' states such as South Carolina and Arizona.

"Corruption versus Opportunity" shows a sharp-looking Senator eyeing the camera straight on, in essence introducing himself to the viewer while explaining the need to roll back the Bush tax cuts. This ad is likely to run more regularly throughout the states.

The Kerry campaign refused to provide details of the ad buy, insisting only that the three thirty second ads will rotate in seven "significant" statewide buys.

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