There’s a reason both the Clinton and Obama campaigns held conference calls at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. It’s the same reason Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton, and Mitt Romney gave their speeches around then, rather than waiting to see the rest of the results: Newspaper deadlines.
If you live somewhere that gets the early editions of the national papers—and somewhere that doesn’t have an Internet connections, in which case you aren’t reading this—the narrative you’ll read about in the morning probably won’t include details on California, Missouri, or the Southwestern states. Rather, it will say that John McCain is the big GOP winner, Romney’s still alive (if barely), Huckabee put up a strong showing, and Obama and Hillary will keep duking it out.
In all likelihood, this narrative may hold till morning. But we still haven’t heard from Obama and McCain, which means some papers might miss major details. Tonight really includes two news cycles: The newspaper cycle, and the rest of us.