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We try to be even-handed regarding Democratic candidates in the posts we flag for our readers. This morning, however, despite the split decision in IN and NC, it's hard to find much encouragement for Senator Clinton on the blogosphere or MSM. Some examples:

Reuters political correspondent John Whitesides's WaPo article cites Obama's net pick-up of nine delegates is a "big step" towards his winning the nomination.

L.A. Times reporter Mark Z. Barabak says Obama "remains well-positioned to win the nomination...but has not mustered the strength to finish off Clinton."

Politico's Ben Smith says Obama took "a large and potentially decisive step toward the Democratic nomination" with his huge NC win and strong second-place finish in Indiana.

Clinton supporter Todd Beeton's MyDD post observes with regret "there is no way to spin away what happened tonight: Senator Clinton had a really bad night and Senator Obama had a phenomenal one."

James A. Barnes of the National Journal Online notes "Nothing short of a sweep in the remaining contests -- including Montana, Oregon and South Dakota, where Obama is favored -- is likely to alter the view that Obama is the party’s likely nominee and prevent superdelegates from coalescing around him."

John Nichols's post in The Nation, "Obama's Very Good Primary Night" (via Alternet) gives a solid edge to Obama, who added to both his popular and delegate vote totals.

Open Left's Chris Bowers argues that the IN and NC primaries were redundant in the sense that the nomination was already pretty much decided, while his Open Left colleague Tremayne believes Tuesday was more significant because the MSM finally gets it that "the math argument is now unassailable."

Slate's John Dickerson says "tough arguments are all that's left for Clinton since she didn't get the win she needed."

The Grey Lady's Jeff Zeleny sees "a boost of momentum" for Obama and a strengthened case for superdelgate support for the Illinois Senator.

Salon's Walter Shapiro says HRC is "one day and two important primaries closer to oblivion."

Alan Silverleib and Mark Preston of CNN's Washington Bureau have a little encouragement for Clinton: "Looking ahead, there are some bright spots for the Clinton campaign. Next week the campaign shifts to West Virginia, where the demographic and socioeconomic terrain ought to favor her. On May 20, the candidates will battle it out in Kentucky and Oregon. Clinton is also expected to do well in Kentucky, while she will try to defy expectations in Oregon. Her support among Hispanics may bode well for her on the June 1st Puerto Rico primary. Two days later, Clinton will battle it out with Obama in Montana and South Dakota -- the final two states to weigh in on this marathon primary season. But unless she scores landside victories in the remaining contests, most pundits predict the delegates will be split about evenly"