It's interesting that the two leading Dems are advertising like crazy in the Feb. 5 states, while the two leading Republicans are barely on air.
The Obama campaign holds a conference call with reporters at 9:30 am ET to discuss its February 5 strategy.
CALIFORNIA: The New York Times has a good preview of the importance of California. "Since the 1968 primaries -- won by Robert F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon -- California has been viewed by presidential aspirants as a microcosm of the country. From economic issues to trends in health care, immigration, urban infrastructure and education, the state has proved to be a great incubator for prescriptive policy and a test of the political winds. This year, with two other large states on Tuesday ostensibly spoken for by hometown favorites -- Illinois for Senator Barack Obama and New York for Senator Hillary Rodham -- California looms even larger for the Democrats."
More: The "candidates know the state, flush with delegates, cannot be easily discarded. But the vastness of California, the high cost of advertising here -- a statewide television buy can run over $2 million for a week -- and the sheer impossibility of traversing its myriad Congressional districts in a day, even with the help of chartered aircraft, have forced the candidates to keep their distance from here. For those who would be president, California is like an inaccessible love interest, stared at from across the country with both longing and frustration, its suitors aggrieved by their fumbling inability to connect."
MASSACHUSETTS: The Boston Globe: "As he tries to regain his footing after a tough loss in Florida's presidential primary, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney faces an unusual problem for a presidential hopeful: making sure he carries his home state." More: "The Massachusetts GOP's ambivalence about Romney has complex roots, with some ideological basis, especially because of shifts in his positions on stem cell research and abortion. When he was elected in 2002, he supported them, and by the end of his term, he was against them.
Remember, McCain won the state's primary in 2000. This could be an embarrassing moment for Romney should he not win his home state by an impressive margin.