Santorum: Santorum joins Mitt Romney in receiving Secret Service protection. No word on if the Santorum campaign requested it, or if the Secret Service offered it, as with Romney. Gingrich has requested protection, but has not received a reply from the Secret Service. Any guesses or clever suggestions for Santorum's code name?
More Santorum: Santorum will hold his election night party in Grand Rapids, MI.
Romney: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer gave the Romney campaign a late boost in Arizona's primary, which is tomorrow. She endorsed Romney on Meet the Press yesterday, citing his business experience and electability.
More Romney: Unlike 2008, when conservative talk radio hosts united against McCain, this year some have remained open to, or are outright supporting, the race's moderate, Romney. Romney has also been stepping up his appearances on talk radio in upcoming primary states, as well as putting many of his surrogates, including Donald Trump, on the radio.
More Romney: Ann Romney is putting her foot down: no more debates for Mitt, she says. Not sure it's entirely her decision, though.
Daniels: He was a no in May, he was a no in August, he was a no in October, and he's still a no.
Michigan: PPP is out with the first day of its tracking poll, and it has Romney retaking the lead. Romney leads Santorum 39-37, with Paul at 13 and Gingrich at 9. The key? A one week drop of 29 points in Santorum's favorability rating. Among the 16% who have already voted, Romney leads 62-29. Santorum actually leads 39-34 with those who have yet to vote.
Arizona: PPP has Romney surging to a 17 point lead, 43-26 over Santorum, with Gingrich at 18 and Paul at 11. They have Romney sweeping Evangelicals, Tea Partiers, very conservatives, Mormons, Non-Mormons, and every age group. They also find Gingrich in second and Santorum in third among those who watched Thursday's debate.
More Michigan, Arizona: We Ask America polled yesterday and found Romney up 37-33 on Santorum, with Paul at 18 and Gingrich at 13. In Arizona, they find Romney opening up a 16 point lead, 43-27, with Gingrich at 21 and Paul at 10.
Convention: Maine Governor Paul LePage has become the first major office holder to support the idea of a "floor fight" at the convention.
General election: The American Future Fund is spending $4 million targeting Obama on his ties to Wall Street in 9 swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The 1 minute long ad does a pretty good job of turning Obama's assault on Wall Street against him.
National: Gallup's national tracking poll shows Romney surging and Santorum tanking post-debate. Romney now leads Santorum 31-29, with Gingrich at 15% and Paul at 11%. The tracker is based on a 5 day rolling average, so 2 days of polling are still from before Thursday's debate.
Tennessee: Santorum holds a large 33-17 lead over Mitt Romney in one of the bigger Super Tuesday prizes. Newt Gingrich, who had been focusing on TN and GA, is in 4th place, with 10%, behind Ron Paul, who has 13%. Pretty pathetic for Gingrich. The poll was taken Feb. 16-22, all before Thursday's debate.
Texas: Former ESPN analyst Craig James is betting the farm on Santorum. He has released a TV ad in which he says not once, but twice, that he supports Santorum.
Arizona: Former AZ Democratic Party Chair Don Bivens, whose campaign relies on being seen as the candidate of Arizona Democrats, with Richard Carmona being seen as the candidate of Washington Democrats, has lost the endorsement of former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who is seeking a comeback in the 1st district.
Washington: PPP shows Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) in a pretty solid position. She leads announced candidate, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner 51-36. She leads rumored candidate, Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, 50-36. I actually think Bryant has the ability to make this much closer, for two reasons: 1) The dude got elected as a Republican in Seattle and 2) He has a huge self funding ability.
FL-07: Rep. Sandy Adams, who now finds herself in the middle of a tough re-election in the primary after expecting to easily be re-elected, is nevertheless finding time to focus on her current district, including the parts that won't be helping her re-election in her new district.
VA-10, 05: retired Air Force General John Douglass (D) is dropping out of the race in VA-10, against Rep. Frank Wolfe, but now may be running in VA-05, where he now lives due to redistricting.
NY-26: Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) was booed at a town hall meeting for her support of President Obama's contraceptive mandate.
South Carolina Gov: Fits News, which as SCRep tells us has been an anti-Haley news source ever since 2010, when its founder Will Folks alleged an affair with Haley, speculates on possible 2014 primary opponents for Haley, who has had a rocky first year in office. They include tea party aligned Treasurer Curtis Loftis, US Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Tim Scott, State Senator Tom Davis (who has also been mentioned as a likely primary challenger to US Sen. Lindsey Graham), and Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Washington Gov: Rep. Jay Inslee is holding a fundraiser with...Eliot Spitzer? Seems like an odd choice, but when you're in a close race, I guess you take what you can get.
North Carolina Gov: Former Treasurer Richard Moore (D), who has a self-funding ability and who ran for Governor in 2008, says he will not run again in 2012.
Florida House: Miami Rep. Richard Steinberg (D) has resigned his seat after it was revealed that he had been sending stalkerish text messages to assistant US Attorney Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos. He is under investigation by the Secret Service.
Florida: The Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, said that a coalition of the League of Women Voters, the National Council of La Raza and Common Cause of Florida may not file an amended map.
Kansas: The furor over the Congressional map appears to be spilling over into lines for the State Senate. Sen. Tim Owens (R), who drew a Congressional map that weakened Rep. Lynn Jenkins' district has now drawn a Senate map that would endanger many conservative Republicans. Owens is in the moderate wing of the KS GOP, and if you haven't heard, there's a big moderate/conservative split in the KS GOP.