"Overall 46 percent view Clinton unfavorably, compared with 29 percent for McCain (more have no opinion of McCain). More ominously for Clinton, 33 percent have a "strongly" unfavorable impression of her, compared with just 11 percent for McCain."
"These views present challenges for both candidates. Clinton has 16 points more favorability within her own party than McCain has within his; that makes a primary campaign look easier for her. But McCain has more cross-party appeal, he edges out Clinton in favorable ratings among independents by six points and his 'strongly' unfavorable ratings among independents are a third of Clinton's. All those would help in a general election campaign -- if he got there."
Meanwhile: Primary season begins! And what an appropriate way to get this party started right.
Lone Star State polls opened at 8:00 am ET this morning and will close at 8:00 pm ET. There are no media exit polls, so we will await the raw vote count to come in over the AP wire this evening.
ABC News' Teddy Davis provides a DeLay primer helpful to any television reporter who is tethered to a live truck in Sugarland, TX today. LINK
Tom DeLay will be monitoring the returns in Washington, DC this evening. (See below for more on that.)
Tom Campbell, DeLay's strongest Republican primary challenger, will spend election night at Razzoo's Cajun Café at the Fountains Shopping Center in Stafford, TX.
The Texan President will make remarks at 10:45 am ET at a White House event celebrating Women's History Month. At 12:35 pm ET, President Bush meets with the Russian Foreign Minister and then heads with Mrs. Bush to Crawford, TX to vote in the primary at 6:10 pm ET.
Apparently, a mix-up by the White House staff's handling of the absentee ballot application process forced the trip to Texas for the President and First Lady to do their civic duty.
Vice President Cheney delivers 10:00 am ET remarks to AIPAC. An Administration official tells ABC's Karen Travers "the Vice President will comment on the United States' strong relationship with Israel and how the two countries stand together in the war on terror."
"Cheney will offer his personal reflections on Ariel Sharon and his leadership and will talk about how the Bush Administration stands with the international community against Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions," adds Travers.
ABC's Zach Wolf reports the Senate Intelligence Committee votes today at 2:30 pm ET, in a closed session, on whether it'll investigate President Bush's warrantless domestic wiretapping program. The vote was initially set for February 16 but was postponed allowing Republican leaders in the Senate to work to convince wary Republicans on the committee (Hagel, Snowe, DeWine) that a vote for an investigation is unnecessary. It is unclear which way the vote will turn out and it could come down to a single vote.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) holds a news conference at 3:00 pm ET to discuss the Dubai ports deal. Hunter, along with Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ), is expected to introduce a bill that would block the proposed deal.
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) holds his weekly pen and pad briefing at 12:30 pm ET.