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Romney: Rep. Dave Reichert endorsed Romney ahead of Washington's Saturday caucuses.
Ohio Primary: The University of Cincinnati Ohio Poll shows Santorum leading Romney, Gingrich, and Paul 37-26-16-11. Of course, this was before Mitt's big wins yesterday. Ohio is shaping up to be the most expensive and competitive Super Tuesday race.
More Ohio Primary: Need evidence that Ohio is going to be the most competitive and expensive Super Tuesday primary? Nearly $5 million has already been spent there.
Americans Elect: Former Oklahoma Governor and Senator David Boren has endorsed Americans Elect. Which brings me to an interesting thought: Snowe/Nelson??
ME-Sen: Yesterday's big news, other than Mitt's wins and the TX Plans, was Olympia Snowe's surprise retirement. I mentioned a few possible candidates yesterday, but now the press is beginning to mention possible Republican candidates, and they include:
2002 Gubernatorial Nominee and former Ambassador to Costa Rica Peter Cianchette
2010 Gubernatorial Candidate and former Susan Collins CoS Steve Abbott
Treasurer Bruce Poliquin
Attorney General Bill Schneider
Senate President and ME-02 candidate Kevin Raye
Former Gov. Jock McKernan (Snowe's husband)
Secretary of State and 2008 ME-01 nominee Charlie Summers
Its important to note that the Treasurer, AG, and SoS are not elected like in most states, they are appointed by the Legislature. Raye is the only one on the record as considering the race. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) has also said she is considering it.
There is one person who catches the eye here, as someone who would likely make this race Lean or probably even Likely R, and that is former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen, Susan Collin's predecessor. He is only 71, and, if you think he should run, or would at least like to see him consider it, contact him here: wcohen[at]cohengroup[dot]net
I did, as did RightReformer
MA-04: Joseph Kennedy has a primary on his hands, in the form of perennial candidate and law professor Jules Levine, 4th cousin of our very own Left Coast Libertarian. He is running on an OWS platform.
NC-07: Some of us started to get excited when Rep. Mike McIntrye (D) hadn't filed for re-election with 4 days left, but he has now filed to run.
CA-08: Former Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams is running as an Independent. Adams voted for the 2009 tax raises.
Virginia Redistricting: A Richmond Circuit Court has dismissed a lawsuit against the Congressional redistricting plan that said redistricting should have been completed in 2011, and therefore the map should be thrown out.