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The glad hand: Arnold Schwarzenegger greets supporters at his celebration Tuesday night.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

California recall

• Exit polling showed that a quarter of liberals and at least three in 10 moderate Democrats voted for the recall. Members of traditional Democratic constituencies -- such as union members and Latinos -- voted against the recall, but not in overwhelming numbers.

The Los Angeles Times: Many Democrats vote against Davis and for a Republicanexternal link

• Despite allegations of sexual impropriety with more than a dozen women, Arnold Schwarzenegger drew the largest slice of female voters -- 42 percent -- compared with 37 percent for Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, his main Democratic rival. Of women voters, more than half opted to oust Gov. Gray Davis from office.

San Francisco Chronicle: Traditionally Democratic voters jumped shipexternal link

• Gray Davis, a man who has spent his entire adult life in state government, went out promising to do everything he could to help California's next governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, succeed. Davis pledged to cooperate fully in Schwarzenegger's transition into the Governor's Office, just as Davis said former Gov. Pete Wilson (R) did with him.

The Sacramento Bee: In defeat, Davis calls for unityexternal link

• Despite dismal election returns, Bustamante stayed positive late Tuesday by heralding the defeat of Proposition 54, the racial privacy initiative.

The Fresno Bee: Bustamante slow to concede defeatexternal link

White House, 2004

• Retired Gen. Wesley Clark's campaign manager resigned on Tuesday. The manager, Donnie Fowler, stepped down a week after Eli Segal, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, arrived at Clark's headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, to take charge of the campaign. Segal's arrival was apparently a source of friction with Fowler.

The New York Times: Clark campaign manager quits, signaling riftexternal link

• Clark has another problem: he may have violated federal election laws by discussing his presidential campaign during recent paid appearances. He touted his candidacy during paid appearances at DePauw University in Indiana and other campuses after he entered the presidential race on September 17. Under the laws governing the financing of presidential campaigns, candidates cannot be paid by corporations, labor unions, individuals or even universities for campaign-related events.

The Washington Post: Clark may have broken law in paid speechesexternal link

• Shelia McGuire Riggs, Graham's Iowa campaign chairwoman, said Tuesday that she sees Clark as the biggest beneficiary of Florida Sen. Bob Graham's decision to leave the 2004 Democratic presidential race. (Grind Extra: Graham steps aside)

The Des Moines Register: Graham's exit may help Clark most, official saysexternal link

Nickles out

• Sen. Don Nickles, R-Oklahoma, announced Tuesday he will not run next year for a fifth term. Nickles said he will likely return to the private sector but remain active in state and national politics.

The Oklahoman: Nickles won't seek fifth termexternal link

• Democratic sources say Rep. Brad Carson, D-Oklahoma, plans to announce an exploratory committee next week to succeed Nickles. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Oklahoma, is also expected to run for Nickles' seat, while Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys (R) and state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D) are possible contenders. Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R) said Thursday in a statement that he will not seek the seat

The Hill: Rep. Carson to seek Oklahoma Senate seatexternal link

Texas' travails

• House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, spent his second day at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday trying to hammer out a Republican deal on congressional redistricting. DeLay declared victory near after a meeting with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) and state Sen. Todd Staples (R), saying: "It's very, very close. The lieutenant governor has laid out some very interesting maps. We're almost there."

Wesley Clark lost his campaign manager, Donnie Fowler, on Tuesday, a week after former Clinton aide Eli Segal arrived.
Wesley Clark lost his campaign manager, Donnie Fowler, on Tuesday, a week after former Clinton aide Eli Segal arrived.

The Houston Chronicle: DeLay says remap deal closeexternal link

Gregg abduction

• Held at knifepoint in her McLean, Virginia, home yesterday, Kathleen Gregg, the wife of Sen. Judd Gregg, R-New Hampshire, persuaded two robbers to take her to a bank where she handed over cash and broke free. Police said it is too early in the investigation to say whether the Gregg household had been targeted, but one officer said that there is no indication the robbers knew who the Greggs were.

The Manchester Union Leader: Sen. Gregg's wife kept her cool, say policeexternal link

Compiled by Mark Rodeffer.


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