Newt: Apparently Gingrich will officially announce he is leaving the GOP Presidential race on Wednesday. Last week the talk was that Tuesday would be the day but now it is Wednesday. This announcement is beyond anti-climatic as it has been clear since Super Tuesday that Newt was not going to win the nomination. One could argue that an early exit would have been a huge boost to Santorum, and yes, that could have been a race changing event. Now Newt's exit is more about paperwork and layoffs than deciding who the nominee will be.
Arizona: GOP kingmaker Jim DeMint has endorsed Congressman Flake for the US Senate. Flake does have a deep-pocketed primary foe so this certainly helps Flake in his nomination fight. The Congressman has both Tea Party and establishment support in his primary fight so conventional wisdom is that he should easily win the GOP nomination.
Washington 6: This might be the last item you would think I would post on an afternoon update at the end of April. I posted this article so that we could welcome Derek Kilmer to Congress. Oh yes, there is a fall primary and a November general election but I think it is all a formality. Kilmer announced for this seat as soon as Dicks decided to retire. He has locked up the key endorsements, raised a good bit of money and will not encounter any formidable candidates from either his party or the GOP. Kilmer seems to be the type of candidate that, if he continues to work hard and keep his nose clean, will have a long career in Congress.
Kansas: This state is back at the redistricting drawing board. A Senate committee passed a plan that will protect Democrat and moderate Republican incumbents. The GOP-controlled House has more or less decided to give up on trying to impact the Senate map. Congressional redistricting remains up in the air. That is the conventional wisdom at least as of right now. The Senate as of now has not made any changes to an earlier Congressional map so it does not appear that its position has changed.
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