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Kerry, Once Discounted, Solidifies Lead

Sen. John Kerry has solidified his frontrunner status, winning seven of nine Democratic presidential contests -- and five of the seven state races decided Tuesday. Just months ago, many political observers were dismissing Kerry as an also-ran. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.