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Newslinks for Tuesday March 13: Alabama and Mississippi vote tonight - can Romney solve his Southern problem?

Posted on 03/13/2012

Poll: Obama's approval rating sinks to new low - CBS News

Alabama and Mississippi vote today

"A poll of likely voters in Mississippi's GOP primary showed Romney slightly ahead of rival Newt Gingrich, 34% to 32%, which was within the margin of error. Meanwhile, a poll of likely voters in Alabama's primary showed Gingrich, who is from neighboring Georgia, at 34% to 31% for Romney, a gap also within the sampling error. Rick Santorum trailed in both polls -- 10 points behind Gingrich in Alabama and 12 points behind Romney in Mississippi." - CNN

  • Polling in the Deep South has posed challenges - Nate Silver

Factors to watch out for

  • Turnout
  • "Gingrich’s internal polling shows his energy ideas generating enthusiasm. Watch the exit polls to see if this pays off. "
  • Romney's potential surprise win
  • "Romney may well score an upset in the Deep South, but in the event of an underwhelming finish, politicos will surely wonder whether his Mormon faith played a role."
  • Ron Paul's non-campaign
  • Organizational muscle
  • The delegate count
  • More from National Review

Romney's opportunity: seal the deal by winning Southern states

"If one of the two conservative alternatives can’t decisively defeat the establishment favorite in Mississippi and Alabama, which have veered even more sharply to the right in the Obama era, it’s difficult to imagine either of them constructing an electoral firewall that can halt Romney’s march to Tampa." - Politico

Romney camp happy for Gingrich to stay in

Meet Newt 9

"The Romney campaign and its well-financed allies have invested tens of millions of dollars trying to crush Mr. Gingrich over the last two months. But Mr. Gingrich’s resilience has so far allowed Mr. Romney to dodge the head-to-head competition that Rick Santorum has been craving." - New York Times

Santorum and Gingrich make their final pitches on energy

"Both Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum accused President Barack Obama of obstructing domestic oil and natural gas production and said they’d look to open up more federal waters and lands to drilling than the president has, including in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico... Both candidates said they would approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, a project Mr. Obama has rejected pending further environmental review." - WSJ

  • Santorum tells Alabama voters he’s the ‘True Red Conservative’ - ABC

Campaigns spar over delegate math

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"In a lengthy memo intended to counter Romney's claim to be the inevitable Republican nominee, Santorum's campaign called Romney's arithmetic a "defensive smokescreen" put up to "distract from the major problems Romney faces" in state and local delegate conventions. The conclusion: the "Romney math doesn't add up." What's more, the Santorum memo claimed, the race for delegates will soon move into geography more beneficial to Santorum." - CNN

Study: Romneycare is making Massachusetts healthier - Washington Post

  • He might be 65, but Romney won't be claiming Social Security - WSJ

Republican voters unsure whether to focus on Presidential or Congressional races

Screen shot 2010-12-24 at 12.45.27"Party insiders increasingly believe that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the nomination, a development that would likely open the donor spigot for the general election. But a victory by... Gingrich (Ga.) or... Santorum (Pa.) would probably have the opposite effect. A GOP money machine skeptical of the party’s White House prospects would likely spend instead on House and Senate races as the best hope for a November gain." - Roll Call

Senate poised to pass highway and transit programs overhaul

"The Senate is poised to pass an overhaul of highway and transit programs that gives states greater flexibility over how they spend federal aid, streamlines environmental regulations to get projects built faster and seeks to generate greater private investment in transportation projects." - Fox

  • Congress mulls letting restaurants, gas stations set up at interstate rest areas -

FreedomWorks bets big against Orrin Hatch

"FreedomWorks, the influential Washington-based tea party group, is now waging an all-out war on a member of its own party: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), whose defeat would send a major statement to establishment Republicans that the tea party has staying power. Federal records show that the group has virtually ignored incumbent Senate Democrats in its quest to take down the 35-year Senate veteran ahead of crucial statewide caucuses Thursday." Politico

Obama fares worse among women after month-long contraception mandate battle

Screen shot 2011-03-29 at 11.13.54"[F]rom March 7 to 10--a week into the national media firestorm surrounding Rush Limbaugh's degrading remarks about Georgetown Law student and liberal activist Sandra Fluke--Washington Post/ABC conducted another poll. It found Obama's approval rating at 46 percent, down four points from February, and his disapproval rating at 50 percent, up four points from February." - Weekly Standard

  • Joe Biden speaks at fund-raiser hosted by Senator John Kerry - Boston Globe

Democrats hope to portray Republican Congressmen as corrupt 

"A key part of the script for any party hoping to retake the House is depicting the other side as broadly corrupt. That’s why Democrats Monday unveiled the website “House Republicans are enabling a culture of corruption,” the website declares, outlining the alleged misdeeds of a number of GOP members." - WSJ

Holder's tenure is an ongoing disgrace - Rich Lowry

  • Justice blocks Texas voter ID law - The Hill

Obama and British PM David Cameron call the Special Relationship "an alliance the world can count on"

Cameron & Obama"Our troops and citizens have long shown what can be achieved when British and Americans work together, heart and hand, and why this remains an essential relationship — to our nations and the world. So like generations before us, we’re going to keep it up. Because with confidence in our cause and faith in each other, we still believe that there is hardly anything we cannot do." - Obama and Cameron for the Washington Post

The world is facing a "fertility implosion"

"If the 20th century was the century of the population explosion, the 21st century, as Eberstadt notes, is looking like the century of the fertility implosion. Already, nearly half the world’s population lives in countries with birthrates below the replacement level. " - David Brooks

Navy secretary defends spending $510M on development of biofuels - Fox



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