If this insight takes hold . . . The Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak seeks to calculate coattail quotients: "Many Democrats also calculate that Obama, more than New York Sen. Clinton, can inspire legions of new voters -- particularly young people -- to turn out in November. They see a greater potential to draw independents and crossover Republicans as well," he writes.
James Carville is worried about healing the divisions, and he's got a textured explanation for why: "The winner, with help from the loser, is not only going to have to bridge the fissures within the party but also to find a way to re-embrace those racial and gender identity voters who now find themselves aligned with a new wing of the party," Carville writes in the Financial Times.
The candidates choose their venues carefully for Tuesday evening; it's more fun to celebrate victory. Clinton's election-night party will be in Indianapolis, while Obama closes out his night in Raleigh, N.C.
Get all the candidates' schedules in The Note's "Sneak Peek" -- which also includes some key indicators to watch for, such as Indiana turnout: "The northwestern corner of the state is the most Democratic -- around 20-25 percent of the total Democratic votes on Tuesday could come from this region. This area also has a large African-American population, in cities like Gary and South Bend."
I'll be live-blogging the election results as they roll in Tuesday evening at ABCNews.com.
Also making news:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chose a big day in the Democratic race to talk about judges -- but something tells us he'll be asked about something else before he has the chance to get his message out.
"I didn't vote for George Bush," is the quote Arianna Huffington attributes to McCain shortly after the 2000 election. "I didn't either," added his wife, Cindy, per Huffington, in a piece that calls out the media for its supposed love affair with McCain.
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds tells The Washington Post: "It's not true, and I ask you to please consider the source." Mark Salter goes further: "Why would she make something up? Because she's a flake, and a poser, and an attention-seeking diva. And that's on the record."
As for Tuesday's message: "John McCain steps out of his comfort zone Tuesday to address his judicial philosophy, a hot-button matter for social conservatives that encompasses abortion, guns and gay rights -- all topics on which Sen. McCain has rankled the right," Laura Meckler writes in The Wall Street Journal. "At Tuesday's speech at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., he will articulate a conservative judicial philosophy and the principles he would use to appoint justices to the Supreme Court."
He'll be joined by an out-of-hiding former senator Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. (sure to bring a round of veepstakes buzz).
And McCain will hit all the right buzzwords, per excerpts released by his campaign, with a paean to "judicial self-restraint": "I will look for people in the cast of John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and my friend the late William Rehnquist -- jurists of the highest caliber who know their own minds, and know the law, and know the difference. My nominees will understand that there are clear limits to the scope of judicial power, and clear limits to the scope of federal power."