CBS had a reporter at the campaign headquarters of all three of the leading Democrats. Dean Reynolds (no link) told us that Barack Obama "expects a good result tonight and, at the point, there is no reason for him to think otherwise." Jim Axelrod (no link) found a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign "preparing for a loss." He found not one aide "that is arguing otherwise." Only Chip Reid (no link) crystal ball was clear: John Edwards is "accepting the likelihood that they are going to finish in third place here."
NBC, who covered Rodham Clinton and Obama but skipped Edwards, was in lockstep with CBS. Andrea Mitchell (no link), too, told us that, "barring a surprise," Rodham Clinton does not expect to win but would "like to avoid a big defeat." Mitchell called Obama "relaxed, exuding confidence." At Obama headquarters Lee Cowan (no link) found aides not trying to manage expectations: "I think actually they are trying to feed off those expectations."
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