| Happy Election Day!!
Cain: Bob Vander Plaats thinks the latest sexual harassment allegations against Cain are a "tipping point" for his campaign.
More Cain: Cain will hold a press conference today at 5 PM ET in Arizona to address the allegations. Anthony Weiner thread, 2.0?
Romney: Romney was back in Iowa for the 2nd time in two weeks as he continues to wage an under the radar effort to win the caucuses and effectively seal the nomination on January 3rd.
Gingrich: Here's something you didn't expect to hear: Gingrich has the largest organization in South Carolina. He seems to be banking on a stronger than expected showing in Iowa making him the de facto anti-Romney by SC. Mitt Romney, who may end up looking to seal the deal in SC, has the smallest staff there.
Santorum: This is a pretty huge get for Santorum in Iowa. He has landed the support of conservative activist Chuck Laudner, a well versed Iowa operative, especially in social conservative circles. He is also a former Chief of Staff to Rep. Steve King. Bachmann announced the endorsement of Laudner this summer, but he quickly said he was staying neutral because of his work for Rep. King. LOL @ Bachmann.
Iowa: The Iowa Independent has its monthly power rankings up. The rankings are based on who they think would win if the caucuses were held tonight. Ron Paul is in first, with Cain 2nd, Romney 3rd, Santorum 4th, and Gingrich 5th.
Polling: A new NBC/WSJ poll shows Romney re-taking the lead nationally, leading Cain 28-27, with Gingrich in 3rd at 13%, and Paul and Perry tied with 10%. Obama leads Romney 49-43 and Cain 53-38. In a three-way with Ron Paul, Obama leads Romney and Paul 44-32-18. With Bloomberg, Obama leads Romney and Bloomberg 44-35-13. Bachmann is at 4%, with Santorum at 2%. Mr. 1% is down to 0%.
California: Briefly yesterday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R) floated himself as a potential Senate candidate, ripping into Dianne Feinstein and airing TV ads against her in his district. His chief of staff quickly denied that Nunes was considering a Senate bid, saying he is running for re-election.
Maryland: Eric Wargotz, the 2010 Senate nominee, announced that he will not run again in 2012. I wonder if he would primary Andy Harris?
CA-?? From Craig Huey's Twitter: "After prayer, fasting and seeking wise counsel, I've decided to run for office in 2012. Details coming." Hopefully its not CA-37, as we really need to unify around Kuykendall there, and we already have another strong Republican in that race.
MA-09: Rep. Bill Keating (D) wasted no time in announcing that he will run in the open 9th, rather than in the 8th against Rep. Stephen Lynch, where he lives.
MA-06: A big recruiting coup for us here. Former Senate Minority leader and 2010 Lt. Gov nominee, Richard Tiesi, said yesterday he will challenge ethically challenged Rep. John Tierney. The new 6th district gave 58% to Brown and 50% to Baker in 2010 (h/t MerrimackMan). With Tierney's issues, and Tisei's moderate reputation, this is very winnable. Tisei, if elected, would be the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress.
ND-AL: State Rep. Kim Koppelman is joining the field for this seat. Public Service Commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk, as well as Rep. Bette Grande are already in the race, although none have emerged as a clear front runner. Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has the ability to become a clear front runner if she chooses to run.
NC Redistricting: The North Carolina legislature approved a fix to a glitch in the Congressional map that affected hundreds of thousands of citizens. The change does not affect any of the districts in a meaningful way.