The Note

John Broder and Bernard Weinraub (a rare double byline indeed) of the New York Times report Hollywood is not yet fully on board with any one candidate. LINK

Nick Anderson and Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times have Sunday wrap-up duty and lead with Sen. Kerry swatting away Johnny Chung questions and settling in at a Fargo sports bar to watch his New England Patriots. LINK

Dying to use more creative NASCAR metaphors, Sandy Grady writes in USA Today, "The Dixie primary races in South Carolina (Tuesday) then Virginia and Tennessee (Feb. 10) could be significant in deciding who takes the 2004 checkered flag." LINK

The Boston Globe's Mary Leonard reports that the candidates will focus on jobs in Michigan, the first primary in a "big, industrialized Midwestern state, where dissatisfaction with President Bush's economic policies runs high." LINK

Susan Page hosts a Rothenberg-Brazile-Dowd roundtable. LINK

The AP's Connie Cass has paragraphs encapsulating each state for tomorrow. LINK

The AP's Liz Sidoti surveys the ad wars as well as the free air time on television. LINK

Feb. 3:

The Wall Street Journal's Jake Schlesinger observes Feb.3 strategies where "Democrats are adjusting their tactics and messages to address new regions, largely in the South and West, as well as voters whose demographic profile reflects the core of the party."

The Wall Street Journal's Cummings reports that most of the candidates' finances are looking grim, most notably Sen. Edwards, who is "expected to drop out of the race if he loses the South Carolina primary Tuesday," and Sen. Lieberman's, who "will go broke" if he doesn't win a state on Tuesday.

Janice D'Arcy and David Lightman of the Hartford Courant report on the large influence of minority voters in Feb. 3 state primaries and caucuses tomorrow.

"Tomorrow's primaries and caucuses across seven states may hinge on voters, especially in Arizona, South Carolina and New Mexico, who were largely absent in the first two test states and in prior years have had less of a chance to influence the nomination. African Americans are expected to comprise between 40 percent and 50 percent of the Democratic voters in South Carolina. Latino voters make up about a quarter of the voting age population in Arizona and 38 percent in New Mexico." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Glionna sees Tuesday as the "first test among Latinos." LINK

The New York Times' Kershaw writes up the Hispanic vote in light of the Arizona primary and New Mexico caucuses. LINK

David Doak's Missouri LINK, Janet Napolitano's Arizona LINK, and Bill Rauch's South Carolina LINK fill the New York Times op-ed page.

The Associated Press, which was formed in the 19th century to allow free media access to telegraph lines, discovers "free media." LINK

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman writes from Spartanburg, S.C. that the Democratic candidates' "leftward shift on trade is only part of a rising message of economic populism in the race for the Democratic nomination." LINK


The Arizona Republic says Sen. Kerry leads in their poll, though many voters remain uninterested in the primary. LINK

The Republic believes that nearly half of all ballots might be cast by the time polls open tomorrow morning. LINK

Turnout will be low, they say.


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