Trail Watch: Hillary rising

In case you missed it, Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize. He is still not running for president. But that doesn't mean there isn't lots of speculation about whether or not he will.

In case you missed it, Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize. He is still not running for president. But that doesn't mean there isn't lots of speculation about whether or not he will. There are, by the way, a number of Democrats officially running for president. The result of all this additional, probably idle, talk about Gore's non-run for the presidency means these official candidates are getting less attention, with the overall beneficiary being…

Today's “Trail Watch” winner: Hillary Clinton

The more time spent by the media discussing non-candidates, the less time spent on Clinton's rivals, who are beginning to be considered too far behind Clinton to be able to catch up, regardless of how early we are in the election cycle. Various publications are beginning to claim Clinton has the nomination practically sewn up, including the Economist.

Elsewhere:

Sopranos' star James Gandolfini, whom a spokesperson says is not committed to any one candidate, pulls out of a Giuliani fundraiser because of a “scheduling conflict,” the New York Post and other outlets report.

Mitt Romney has run more ads than two other candidates combined, Nielsen reports, with nearly 11,000 run between January 1 and October 10, 2007, compared with close to 6,000 for Bill Richardson and about 4,300 for Barack Obama.

Following his first debate performance, which quelled a lot of talk of Fred Thompson being Ronald Reagan reborn, the actor appears to be absent from the New Hampshire campaign trail, the AP reports.

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