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More oh-eight: Wooing Gore

The Washington Post checks in on the campaign to woo to Gore. "Al Gore's pronouncement that he is likely to endorse one of the Democratic candidates for president before the primary season is over has set off a slew of speculation about who his choice might be. Truth is, the courting of the 'Goreacle' began many months ago. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Gore huddled in Nashville in December, and Gore has also met with former senator John Edwards (N.C.). Gore and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) conferred as recently as last week. Not surprisingly, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has not met with Gore. Neither has Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) nor New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. The falling out between Gore and the Clintons has become the stuff of political legend."

Keep an eye on the indies and Republicans who will vote in the Democratic primary. Here's an ex-Reagan voter explains why she's casting a Dem ballot in the primary.

NBC/NJ campaign reporter Carrie Dann notes: A slow day in Iowa today, but things heat up starting tomorrow. Tuesday, John McCain launches his "No Surrender" tour in Sioux City; Barack Obama is in the eastern part of the state starting Wednesday; Huckabee has a Thursday meet-and-greet near Davenport; and Biden is in town starting on Thursday (schedule TBD.) The weekend, of course, brings two huge events: the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry clash on Saturday, and the 30th Annual Tom Harkin Steak Fry on Sunday.