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ALMOST PHOTO FINISH: Jeanne Cummings, The Politico: "When the official reports went public on the Federal Election Commission website, they showed that Clinton raised more money but Obama eked out his own victory by virtually matching the amount of cash she has in the bank to spend on the hard-fought primary race."

IOWA GROUND SWELL: Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune: "[Obama] has opened 31 field offices across the state, more than any other candidate, establishing local headquarters everywhere from Des Moines to tiny Elkader, population 1,374."

EDWARDS WALKS: Erin Jordan, Des Moines Register:
"The reason more than 930,000 Service Employees International Union members from 10 states are endorsing John Edwards was printed on the purple shirts worn at a rally Monday: 'He walks the walk.' "

WHO'S RIGHT? Mark Santora, The New York Times: " 'I am the consistent conservative,' [Fred] Thompson said to several dozen people at a gathering of the New York Conservative Party with former Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato at his side. 'I was a conservative yesterday. I am a conservative today, and I will be a conservative tomorrow.' "

--Dayo Olopade

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