The Wall Street Journal on the latest NBC/WSJ poll: "The poll … shows that the prolonged battling between Sens. Obama and Clinton could make it difficult for the ultimate nominee to unite the party. Both candidates have been bloodied, though Sen. Obama, who previously has enjoyed much higher personal ratings than Sen. Clinton, has sustained more damage. The Illinois senator has struggled over the past month with a series of controversies, including his association with an outspoken Chicago pastor and comments about small-town voters that have been portrayed as elitist."
Here's the take on the poll from MSNBC.com.
The NBC/WSJ poll isn't the only new survey out there. Here is the latest New York Times/CBS poll: "Senator Barack Obama's aura of inevitability in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination has diminished after his loss in the Pennsylvania primary and amid the furor over his former pastor… Fifty-one percent of Democratic primary voters say they expect Mr. Obama to win their party's nomination, down from 69 percent a month ago. Forty-eight percent of Democrats say he is the candidate with the best chance of beating Senator John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican nominee, down from 56 percent a month ago."
More: "In a head-to-head race between Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain, both candidates are backed by 45 percent of the registered voters. In a race between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain, 48 percent back Mrs. Clinton and 43 percent support Mr. McCain."
The New York Daily News looks at the continued superdelegate shift to Obama despite Wright, calling it a "troubling trend" for Clinton.
"A group of Florida Democrats marched on party headquarters Wednesday demanding that Democratic leaders reverse a months-old decision to deny the state a say in the party's presidential nominating process. Waving miniature Florida flags, the group called on Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to speak and to count the results of the state's Jan. 29 primary. The party has ignored the results because the primary was too early under party rules. Party spokesman Luis Miranda told the protesters that 'there will be representation from Florida in Denver,' site of the party's national convention in August. He did not elaborate.
DNC Chair Howard Dean gets a rare positive profile courtesy of the LA Times' Z. Barabak
This morning, in a conference call hosted by the left-leaning Win Without War Coalition, superdelegates committed to both Clinton and Obama will call for party unity on foreign policy and ending the Iraq war. Among those delegates participating are Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Obama), Jim McGovern (Clinton), Rush Holt (Uncommitted), John Lewis (Obama), Lynn Woolsey (Clinton), Sam Farr (Uncommitted), Barbara Lee (Obama) and Maurice Hinchey (Clinton).
At the end of a grueling seven-stop day in rural North Carolina, NBC/NJ's Carrie Dann reports, a visibly energized Bill Clinton neatly and forcefully summed up his argument for his wife's nomination as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.
Her stake for the prize, he said, will lie in her ability to win the popular vote. "What are they gonna say if she wins the popular vote?" he argued. "'I'm sorry, we are gonna give it to the caucus states that are going Republican in November?' No." (Unless we're mistaken, however, Maine and Washington State are states the Democrats will need to win if they hope to take the presidency.)