March 5, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Staying alive: Clinton primary wins keep compelling Campaign ’08 going

Multiple headlines were necessary this morning after primaries and caucuses in four states showed once again that Campaign ’08 is a compelling story.

The Chicago Tribune layered headlines to cover Hillary Clinton’s wins in Ohio and Texas, Barack Obama’s delegate lead, John McCain’s status as GOP nominee and Mike Huckabee’s departure from the race. Whew!

Newsday on Long Island was among tabloids that zeroed in on the Clinton news. It used just one word: “Alive!”

The biggest headlines and pictures went to Clinton and a Democratic race that is far from over. “A tense Democratic race heads to Pa.,” USA Today said. “Pennsylvania, here they come,” said The Philadelphia Inquirer, anticipating the April 22 Keystone State primary.

A look at Tuesday’s primary and caucus results:

Ohio: “Weather, ballot issues slow vote; some precincts stay open late,” The Plain Dealer of Cleveland said. “Crossover voters spur shortage of ballots,” The Cincinnati Enquirer said.

Rhode Island: Clinton’s name was in each of the headlines on Page One of The Providence Journal, along with the words “energized” and “buoy.”

Texas: The San Antonio Express-News printed blue-and-red stripes to highlight headlines from the Republican and Democratic races. The delegate count from the Lone Star State helped put McCain over the top. “McCain’s sweep locks up nomination; rivals give in,” the Austin American-Statesman said. Under a photo of Clinton, the Houston Chronicle said: “In Texas, Hispanics, experience tip race.”

Vermont: Network news called Vermont for Obama shortly after polls closed. That gave The Burlington Free Press time to explain: “Anti-war stance puts Obama ahead in state.”

For football fans, Tuesday’s big news came from Packers Quarterback Brett Favre, who announced his intention to retire. In Wisconsin, the Green Bay Press-Gazette published a 12-page EXTRA yesterday and a commemorative edition today. Sister newspaper The Wausau Daily Herald, among Gannett newspapers that also printed an EXTRA, quoted somber fans today. In the football sensation’s native Mississippi, the Sun Herald of Biloxi pictured his jersey with the message: “Thanks, Brett.” In a front-page column, The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson asked: “Sparkling career comes to an end — or does it?”

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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