"I loved being out there tonight, welcoming the voters as they came into the polls in the darkness and the cold weather because that's what democracy is really all about. I mean, in my greatest dreams I never would have thought I'd have the chance to do that."
It's now midnight. We're about ten minutes from landing in Charleston when press is told "breaking news." Due to FAA regulations, the crew can't overnight in South Carolina and then fly tomorrow morning to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Instead, Matt Bennett tells the plane of press that we're landing in Greenville, S.C. to re-fuel and then fly over two more hours to Tulsa, OK. Morning events have been cancelled in South Carolina. Mrs. Clark has made it clear-she is not happy.
We're down on the ground, then we're back up in the air-two people shy who forgo their luggage, opting to stay in South Carolina for a scheduled live shot on the network in the early morning. While everybody tries to sleep on board, General Clark searches anxiously for a blanket to keep him warm so he too can sleep.
It's 4:30am local time when the plane lands in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There is very little talking-there are no morning show tapings-we meet for a 12 pm local time event before heading off to three other Feb. 3 states for events. We're back in Oklahoma later in the evening to overnight.
Coming out of New Hampshire, it's also time to focus on advertising in the Feb. 3 states. Clark told press tonight that the campaign is "coming up on air in Missouri." Jamal Simmons adds-"you're making news" with this information.
Read more from the trail with Clark on abcnews.com: LINK
The New York Times' Randy Archibold Notes that while watching election results, Sen. Edwards "seemed to be itching to head for more politically advantageous parts, especially South Carolina, where he was born and where he believes his Southern roots will keep Dr. Dean and Mr. Kerry in particular at bay." LINK
From ABC News Edwards campaign reporter Gloria Riviera:
As for the evening, Edwards' demeanor was ever so slightly resigned and seemingly anxious to move on. He and his wife watched results from a suite in the Radisson Hotel in Merrimack, New Hampshire with their eldest daughter, Cate. Speaking to reporters at a time results were still coming in and it looked to be a battle for third place, Edwards explained to the press that he was intent on taking his campaign to the national level. At once point Elizabeth Edwards jumped in, "He's got all the momentum," she said. Perhaps not hearing her Edwards turned and said, "Who does?" "You, you have all the momentum," she replied. "Oh yes, of course I do."
The first stop the Senator will take that message is, of course, home. Edwards will start the day in Orangeburg, SC (where the press corps arrived at 3:00am despite the fact the city was hit with an ice storm and power had been down less than 24-hours before) before heading to Oklahoma and Missouri o with an eventual overnight in St. Louis Wednesday night.
The ad buy for the immediate future is as follows: in both New Mexico and South Carolina the 30-second spots "Better Life" and "Two Americas" are in rotation and in Oklahoma "Two Americas" is up.
For more on the trail with Edwards: LINK
The Washington Post's Jonathan Finer writes that Lieberman's fifth place finish deflated his hope to jumpstart his campaign by defeating expectations in New Hampshire. LINK