After yet another big push — and facing more of the same — Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, unsurprisingly, feeling the strain of the long campaign trail. Meanwhile, top Dems Harry Reid, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi may make their own push — to urge superdelegates to make their presidential preferences known by July 1.

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As the Democrats continue their long days of tussling, Republican nominee-in-waiting McCain has pared back his schedule considerably from the before-sunup to after-sundown days of the GOP primary fight. Energetic at 71, he would be the oldest person ever elected president.

Since the Arizona senator wrapped up the nomination last month, he has kept to just one or two public events a day. To be sure, he’s at work behind the scenes raising money and preparing for the general election. But most weekends he opts for down time in Phoenix or at his cabin in Sedona, Ariz., resting up for the fall fight.

It’s a luxury Obama and Clinton don’t have.

The next Democratic primaries — Indiana and North Carolina — are May 6, just two weeks away, and the stakes are extraordinary.

So, the excruciatingly long days will continue.

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