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A Washington Post survey finds "a noticeable shift in sentiment among African American voters" toward Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy. That shift has helped Obama slice Clinton's overall lead in half. And on the GOP side, a shift among white evangelical Protestants in favor of Rudy Giuliani is behind Giuliani's "2 to 1 advantage over McCain among Republicans... Giuliani is doing well among this group of Americans despite his support of abortion rights and gay rights... McCain opposes abortion rights... Early national polls are not always good predictors for presidential campaigns, but the Post-ABC poll offers clues to the competition ahead." 

As many as 23 states could hold their presidential nominating contests on February 5, The Hill reports, thanks to encouragement from the top presidential contenders who are looking to capitalize on their frontrunner status.

Also in The Hill: the latest look at viral marketing, noting that the "explosion in person-to-person communication ... will create enormous opportunities for campaigns but also raises the risk that an unguarded moment will spread at lightning speed to sink a candidacy, political consultants say."

As many as 23 states could hold their presidential nominating contests on February 5, The Hill reports, thanks to encouragement from the top presidential contenders who are looking to capitalize on their frontrunner status. 

Also in The Hill: the latest look at viral marketing, noting that the "explosion in person-to-person communication ... will create enormous opportunities for campaigns but also raises the risk that an unguarded moment will spread at lightning speed to sink a candidacy, political consultants say."