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January 16, 2012 12:00 PM Monday’s campaign round-up

By Steve Benen

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Apparently one Super PAC isn’t quite enough for Mitt Romney, who now has another Super PAC investing another $455,000 in pro-Romney television ads in South Carolina this week.

* The latest numbers from PPP show Romney ahead in South Carolina with 29%, followed by 24% for Newt Gingrich. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are roughly tied for third place, with 15% and 14% support, respectively.

* After taking considerable heat from the right, Gingrich is now urging his Super PAC to “either edit out every single mistake or to pull” the 28-minute short film on Romney’s Bain background.

* Every GOP presidential candidate sought the support of Tom Davis, an influential South Carolina state senator, and over the weekend, he threw his support to Ron Paul.

* At the national level, the latest CNN poll shows Romney leading Gingrich, 34% to 18%. Paul and Santorum are tied for third at 15%.

* A new national Fox News poll shows a similar race, with Romney out front with 40%, followed by Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul at around 14% each.

* The same Fox News poll shows President Obama leading all of his Republican rivals, though the margin over Romney is only one point, 46% to 45%.

* A federal district court judge late last week rejected Rick Perry’s lawsuit on ballot access in Virginia. GOP voters in the commonwealth, then, will have just two choices: Romney or Paul.

* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) officially announced that he will not endorse anyone in the Republican presidential race in advance of this weekend’s primary.

* In Massachusetts, Sen. Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D) want to keep outside groups from advertising in their Senate race this year.

* And in related news, Warren hosted a “money bomb” over the weekend and fared quite well: she raised more than $100,000.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


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  • siameese.cities on January 16, 2012 12:17 PM:

    for a guy no one in the party liked 6 months ago, it's amazing how Romney seems to be in the driver's seat for this whole thing.

    He wasn't getting attacked for anything that could hurt him in a primary, then when they go after a relevant hit-killing jobs, he shames them against it... what a powerful, unwanted man he is.

  • jjm on January 16, 2012 12:47 PM:

    I for one don't believe that Obama has only a one point lead over Romney. But of course, Romney's been in the headline for months, and Obama hasn't begun campaigning.

    I cannot imagine a hostile takeover of the US government by Romney being good for any of us except the vulture desirous of becoming even richer than they already are.

  • Anonymous on January 16, 2012 1:23 PM:

    "Gingrich is now urging his Super PAC to “either edit out every single mistake or to pull” the 28-minute short film on Romney’s Bain background."

    Yes, the soup will taste so much better when someone takes the turd out of the tureen.

  • Ken on January 16, 2012 2:58 PM:

    "Gingrich is now urging his Super PAC"

    But not in any way coordinating with it, since that would be illegal.

    Stewart and Colbert should just drop their current effort to illustrate how farcical these campaign finance laws are - the politicians are doing a far better job without even trying hard.