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Hotline's Latest Edition / NORTH CAROLINA (5/6 PRIMARY)

Duck Tales

April 15, 2008

Reports that CBS News Anchor Katie Couric is getting ready to leave the newscast after the election -- or even sooner -- "are not helping her chances" of landing a debate for CBS. She even visited the Barack Obama HQ in Chicago last week "where she reportedly tried to sway" Obama, so far, without luck. An ex-WH official "with experience in these matters" said: "Certainly there is now the impression that she is not someone to worry about after inauguration day. The feeling is that you're dealing with the No. 3-ranked news division and a potentially lame-duck news anchor." CBS News spokesperson: "The thought that the current gossip would affect a decision of such national importance is absurd" (Kaplan, New York Post, 4/15).

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Since Jan. 1, 144,744 new voters have signed up in NC, leaving the state with 5.75M voters. In all, new registered voters were 76,131 Dems (53%), 53,732 unaffiliated (37%), and 14,911 GOPers (10%) (Beckwith/Krueger/Kane, Charlotte Observer, 4/15). NC State Board of Elections records show that 52,844 people ages 18 to 24 registered to vote Jan.-Mar., compared with 20,067 who registered to vote in '04. Dem NC consultant Cary Pearce: "Both campaigns seem to be very agressive. But Obama's campaign really seems to be agressive about recruiting young people and that's been a big part of his surge nationally" (Boone-Wood, Winston-Salem Journal, 4/15).

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