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    Weekend caucuses

    Michigan and Washington are scheduled to hold caucuses Saturday - followed by Maine on Sunday.


    John Kerry opened up a big lead in Michigan with 53% - Gephardt endorsed him - it seems Kerry doesn't want Gephardt to retire from politics after the endorsement he got.

    Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has already endorsed Kerry - and also Rep. John Dingell - Kerry's opponents are trailing bigtime in polls - and he is virtually unchallenged on this weekend caucuses.

    Gephardt endorses Kerry

    WARREN, Michigan (CNN) -- Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, whose presidential campaign foundered last month, threw his support Friday to Democratic front-runner Sen. John Kerry.

    Kerry's campaign has hopes that an endorsement from Gephardt, a longtime favorite of organized labor, will help him consolidate his standing in Michigan, a big union state, and beyond.

    Polls have shown Kerry comfortably ahead of his rivals in Michigan's caucuses Saturday.

    "To beat George Bush, we need a leader who can go toe-to-toe with George Bush in these difficult, dangerous times on national security, toe-to-toe," Gephardt said in a rally with Kerry in Warren.

    "We need a leader who can defeat George Bush in November in the general election, and we need a leader who we all know can walk into that Oval Office tomorrow afternoon and be a great president of the United States. That leader is John Kerry, and I'm proud to endorse him to be the president of the United States of America."

    Gephardt dropped out of the Democratic race after a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses in January.

    On Friday, Kerry expressed his respect for Gephardt, saying they had worked together in Congress for 20 years.

    "Again and again and again, I've watched him not play politics but talk about people's needs, talk about the urgent pressing priorities of this country, and I am grateful for his being here, the Massachutts senator said.

    "I'm grateful for his support, and Dick, you may think that you and [your wife] Jane have earned yourselves a vacation, but we've got a lot of work for you to do, and you're going to be working in this thing for a long time to come."

    At the rally, Kerry also picked up the endorsement of U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm backed Kerry this week, too.

    Reaction from Kerry's rivals was muted when word of Gephardt's endorsement leaked Thursday night.

    If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone. Michael Corleone

    When's Wisconsin? Dean says its make-or-break for him, and if we trust the polls, its the day of his funeral.
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      Originally posted by Faisal:
      When's Wisconsin?
      February 17th.
      If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone. Michael Corleone


        11 days away.


          Kerry Wins Crushing Caucus Victories in Washington, Michigan, As Dean Loses Union Support

          Feb. 7 . John Kerry won crushing caucus victories in Michigan and Washington on Saturday, trouncing his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination and launching a sharp attack against President Bush. The Democratic front-runner by far, Kerry fashioned his latest victories by outsized margins.

          Kerry Wins Washington, Michigan Caucuses ABC News


            Kerry takes Maine as well - total delegates for Kerry are 409 at the moment.
            If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone. Michael Corleone