3 days until the Nevada caucuses
These are exciting times for political junkies – and you know who you are, probably reading this on blackberry while waiting for the Red Line to show up.
Three major primaries, three different winners on the Republican side.
A tight race for delegates on the Democratic side and in all likelihood a race that will be close through the results on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.
There is little time to catch your breath before turning around for another primary, in another state, with an entirely different voter demographic and different issues.
The candidates are barely living in the moment – Michigan gold medal winner Mitt Romney was the only candidate left in the state when the polls closed there Tuesday night. John McCain and Mike Huckabee had already fled south to waste little time on the campaign trail in South Carolina before Saturday's primary.
Romney arrived today and ABC News' John Berman, Ursula Fahy and Matt Stuart report that he is trying to expand his Michigan message to other states. "Romney said on Wednesday that what's true of trouble in the auto industry is "true of many other industries that have been found in trouble," the ABC trio reports. "While Romney was highly critical this week of McCain's comment that some jobs weren't returning to Michigan, Romney today said, 'Will there be some jobs that leave? There may from time to time.'"
The nine-point loss in Michigan did not sap John McCain's confidence, ABC News' Bret Hovell reports. "I'll win. I'll win here in South Carolina. And that's all there is to it," McCain told reporters after a town hall meeting in Spartanburg, SC. "I feel we have sufficient strength throughout the state and we'll be working hard on a very big get out the vote effort, which we frankly did not have the ability to do back in Michigan."
Four of the Republican candidates are on the campaign trail in South Carolina Thursday – Rudy Giuliani continues to have Florida to himself while he waits for the state's Jan. 29 primary.
On the Democratic side it was back to business in the Silver State after a relatively cordially debate in Las Vegas last night.
ABC News' Kate Snow, Susan Kriskey, and Eloise Harper report that Hillary Clinton jumped on Barack Obama's admission that he lacked management experience when he said "I'm not an operating officer."
"Being president means being both CEO and COO of one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. A president can't just talk about the problems we face a president has to deliver solutions," she said, "So I will be a hands on manager holding every part of our government fully accountable to the tax paying citizens."
Keep an eye on…
Mayor Bloomberg will deliver his seventh annual State of the City address on Thursday, January 17 at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Indoor Pool + Ice Rink Complex in Queens.
On the campaign trail…
-- 9:15 am ET: Delivers remarks to voters at event, Pauline, SC
-- 11:00 am ET: Delivers remarks to voters at event, Greenville, SC
-- 9:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, South West Aiken, SC
-- 12:30 pm ET: Attends event with voters, Columbia, SC
-- 5:15 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Sumter, SC
SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (campaigning for McCain)
-- 8:15 am ET: Meets with voters at event, Aventura, FL
-- 9:45 am ET: Holds National Security Roundtable Discussion with voters, Miami, FL
-- 12:00 pm ET: Delivers remarks to voters at event, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
-- 6:30 pm ET: Delivers remarks at fundraiser with voters, Davie, FL
-- 3:00 pm ET: Attends rally with Chuck Norris and Ric Flair, Clemson, SC
-- 10:15 am ET: Delivers remarks to voters at events, Fort Walton Beach, FL
-- 11:00 am ET: Visits with supporters, Destin, FL
-- 1:15 pm ET: Addresses AP Editors' Meeting, Tallahassee, FL
-- 11:00 am ET: Delivers remarks to voters at event, Fort Mill, SC
-- 12:00 pm ET: Delivers remarks to voters at event, Rock Hill, SC
As for the Democrats…
-- Attends events in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Barbara, CA.
-- 1:45 pm ET: Attends roundtable discussion with voters, San Francisco, CA
-- Attends event with voters, Las Vegas, NV
-- 12:00 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Henderson, NV
-- 3:30 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Los Angeles, CA
-- 9:15 pm ET: Holds events with voters, Reno, NV
POLITICAL NEWS STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM
ABC News' Matthew Dowd Reports: Which Way Do We Go, Which Way Do We Go? LINK
ABC News' Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib Report: Rove on Clinton: She 'Barely Beat Nobody Else' LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Wide Open LINK
ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Obama Parties Post-Debate with SEIU LINK
ABC News' Christine Byun Reports: Thompson: Romney's Michigan Promises 'Misleading' LINK
ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: The Stars Come Out for Clinton LINK
ABC News' Matt Stuart Reports: Romney Hits S.C., Lowers Expectations LINK
ABC News' Jan Simmonds Reports: Giuliani Woos Floridians with 'National Catastrophe Fund' Plan LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: A Bankrupt Answer LINK
ABC News' John Berman, Ursula Fahy, and Matt Stuart Report: Adieu Wolverines LINK
ABC News' Christine Byun Reports: Thompson vs. Everybody LINK
ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Obama Slams Clinton for Nevada Mailer LINK
ABC News' Ariane DeVogue Reports: White House Admits Millions of Emails Were Poorly Archived LINK
ABC News' Kate Snow, Susan Kriskey, and Eloise Harper Report: Clinton: Unlike Obama, I'm Ready to Be CEO and COO LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Bang! Zoom! LINK
ABC News' Marcus Baram: Dirty Politics, Brass-Knuckles Elections: 'Confessions of a Political Hitman' LINK
ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: Broadway Mac Predicts South Carolina Win LINK
ABC News' Kevin Chupka Reports: Huckabee Speaks of Salvation, Signs Immigration Pledge LINK
POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM
Rove Blasts Clinton on Michigan Results: Karl Rove slams Clinton during a speech to the Republican National Committee. LINK
Nightline Webcast: Race in the Race: 1.16.08 SC voters talk about how race will play out in the primary. LINK
Sweet Victory for Mitt: Where did Romney get his winning votes and what's ahead for GOP candidates. LINK
Dean on the Democrats: ABC's Stu Chamberlain speaks with the DNC chairman on Election 2008. LINK
GOP Race Wide Open with Romney Win: Mitt Romney's Michigan victory levels the political playing ground. LINK
Mitt Romney on Unemployment: The winner of the Michigan primary plans to save the American auto industry. LINK
The Bottom Line on the Michigan Primary: George Stephanopoulos discusses what Romney's win means for the Republicans. LINK
Gas Pump Diplomacy: President Bush appeals to the Saudis. LINK