The Note: Drifting Toward Denver

"The Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign says it has seen the same trend among its supporters."

And meet us back in Michigan, too: "Fresh from victory in Pennsylvania, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign is renewing talk of not only counting the results from the disallowed primaries in Michigan and Florida, but giving more weight to the popular vote than to the number of delegates pledged to each candidate in an attempt to court uncommitted superdelegates," Kathleen Gray reports in the Detroit Free Press.

One possible solution: "The national Democratic Party has been slapped with a formal challenge for stripping Michigan of its convention delegates, who are growing more important in the tight race for the presidential nomination," Mark Hornbeck writes in the Detroit News.

"Michigan Democratic Party activist Joel Ferguson filed the challenge Wednesday in an effort to seat this state's superdelegates and allot half-votes to its pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention in August in Denver."

Checking in with McCain: "With a broadside last week against 'greedy' corporate CEOs and his current campaign tour of places Republican candidates usually miss, Sen. John McCain is in the middle of a political rebranding effort to show the war hero can also master poverty and economic pain," Stephen Dinan writes in the Washington Times.

"The presumed Republican presidential nominee is enjoying an extended honeymoon, thanks to Democrats' bitter nomination battle, and he's making the most of it, attempting to mold his professed conservative principles into the image of the compassionate domestic leader that voters have come to expect in a chief executive."

A word to Democrats: Don't lose track of what the presumptive GOP nominee is doing. "While he offered few other poverty-fighting specifics in a speech that was largely focused on trying to connect to voters in one of the poorest parts of the United States, he sought to project himself to independents and moderate Democrats across the country as a different kind of Republican," Elisabeth Bumiller reports in The New York Times.

"McCain is reaching out to voters in these Democratic strongholds to try to build the broad, center-right coalition that aides believe is necessary for him to become president. Advisers do not think Republicans alone can elect McCain, given how many have become disenchanted with President Bush and his policies," Juliet Eilperin and Michael Shear write in The Washington Post.

But The Boston Globe's Foon Rhee points out that McCain "didn't exactly have a walkover" in his own primary in Pennsylvania. "The Arizona senator won 73 percent of the nearly 805,000 votes cast Tuesday, but libertarian Representative Ron Paul of Texas drew 16 percent and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee had 11 percent."

McCain has finally picked up Secret Service protection, ABC's John Hendren reports. "McCain had long been reluctant to campaign accompanied by dark-suited, shades-donning, crowd-scanning agents because, he has said, it would inhibit his contact with voters during the campaign," Hendren writes. "But ABC News has learned that after reconsidering his security situation, protection for McCain began this week, long after that of his two Democratic rivals."

Obama is down on Thursday in Chicago, while Clinton hits North Carolina, and McCain tours New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward with Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. (veepstakes tryout, anyone?).

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