MSNBC is striking while the political iron is hot. After seeing its ratings spike by 62 percent in the primary-packed month of February, the cable news channel is adding a new nightly hour-long show,
Race to the White House
, devoted solely to covering 2008 presidential campaign.
NBC News White House correspondent
will anchor the program, which will replace Tucker in the 6 pm/ET slot starting March 17. Tucker host
will remain with MSNBC as a senior campaign correspondent. MSNBC is also turning over a daytime hour to political coverage that will be anchored by
In prime time, NBC News legal correspondent's
' 9 pm program is being relaunched with a new name,
Verdict with Dan Abrams
. Abrams will look at the day's news from a legal perspective - with an added focus on politics during the campaign season.
- Stephen Battaglio