by Lester Holt, NBC News Anchor
Good day from New York. It is another big weekend before another big primary week. When you look at how the polls have gravitated in Texas and Ohio over the last several weeks you have to wonder, is Hillary Clinton competing as much against the clock as she is competing again Barack Obama? Those big leads she held in Texas and Ohio are now distant memories, and Tuesday's contests look to be very close. This weekend the New York Senator is continuing to speak on the theme of national security experience which was the subject of a much talked about ad her campaign debuted in Texas this week. Barack Obama, meantime is in Rhode Island today, which also holds its contest on Tuesday. It's a state where support for Clinton has remained strong, but where Obama may now see an opening. NBC's Ron Allen and Lee Cowan are covering the democratic candidates and will wrap-up the day for us on Nightly News.
If you're tired of the Clinton-Obama race, there is always the Boeing-Airbus competition. The latest round between the two rival aircraft giants goes to Airbus. This time, however, instead of passenger planes it's about aerial tankers for the U.S. Air Force, which has chosen Airbus to provide 179 tankers based on its popular A330 jetliner. Even though the French-based Airbus partnered with the American aerospace company Northrop Grumman to pitch its design, and will build the planes in Alabama, the award is seen as a major blow to Boeing, which was thought by many to have a home-country advantage. Peter Alexander is covering the story for us, and will have some of the sharp reaction over the military's decision to go with a foreign designed plane.
We will also of course be following the breaking developments in Gaza where fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian rocket squads is escalating. At least 80 people are reported dead.
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