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)