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    Edwards is out of the race.

    And we now have these quotes (both stolen from CNN):

    "At a time when our politics is too focused on who's up and who's down, he made a nation focus again on who matters -- the New Orleans child without a home, the West Virginia miner without a job, the families who live in that other America that is not seen or heard or talked about by our leaders in Washington," Obama said Wednesday.

    And
    "John Edwards ended his campaign today in the same way he started it -- by standing with the people who are too often left behind and nearly always left out of our national debate," Clinton said in a statement.

    Edwards, who I supported in 2004, and then I cringed at as he fell apart during the VP debates, could never have won the nomination. But his third place showings have been strong enough that he is in a ideal spot to play king maker.

    On the other side, after his loss in Florida, it looks like Rudy is expected to withdraw today and throw his support behind McCain. Unlike Edwards, Giuliani has barely registered in most races so far. Despite that he was expected to have a bit more pull in the Super Tuesday races and his endorsement will likely cement McCain's front runner status. The question will then become will he try to appease the religious right with his VP choice. The notion of a VP nod to Huckabee or Romney worries me. In the end, I still hope he picks Lieberman, the venn diagram of the two politician's appeal overlaps so much it would only matter if their supporters could vote twice.