updated 3/12/2008 2:25:15 PM ET 2008-03-12T18:25:15

MSNBC is expanding its already substantial political programming lineup next week as the 2008 presidential race continues to heat up.  NBC News Chief White House Correspondent David Gregory will anchor “Race for the White House,” a fast-paced daily look at the latest election news, weekdays, 6-7 p.m. ET on MSNBC.  “Race for the White House” premieres Monday, March 17, and will continue through the election and beyond as the nation’s focus continues on the historic Presidential campaign. 

“Race for the White House with David Gregory” will feature reports from MSNBC and NBC News correspondents around the country with the latest breaking political news and in-depth analysis of the campaigns. Tucker Carlson will remain with the network as MSNBC Senior Campaign Correspondent and will appear regularly throughout MSNBC’s program lineup.

“Viewers are incredibly engaged this election season, with a real appetite for political news,” said Phil Griffin, Senior Vice President, NBC News and Executive in Charge of MSNBC.  “As NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent, David is the perfect person to lead this key hour of our election coverage.  Tucker is one of the top political minds inside the Beltway, and we look forward to continuing to feature his insightful analysis.”

Gregory has led the network’s coverage of the Bush presidency since 2000, reporting regularly on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” MSNBC and on MSNBC.com.  He has circled the globe, traveling with President Bush on every major foreign trip and to nearly every state in the nation during the presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2004.

In the fall of 2005, Gregory began substituting regularly for Matt Lauer on “Today.” He has served as substitute moderator on “Meet the Press,” and has been a substitute anchor for the weekend editions of “Nightly News” and “Today.” As a political commentator, Gregory is a frequent contributor on “Meet the Press” and the syndicated “Chris Matthews” show.

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