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January 17, 2012 12:00 PM Tuesday’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:

* In national polls, the new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Mitt Romney leading the field with 35%, with Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum battling it out for second place. Rick Perry is the only candidate who isn’t in double digits.

* On a related note, Gallup also shows Romney with the national lead, enjoying 37% support. Santorum and Gingrich are tied for second with 14% each, followed by Paul at 12%.

* With just five days until the South Carolina primary, a new Monmouth University poll shows Romney with a double-digit lead in the Palmetto State, topping Gingrich, 33% to 22%.

* Florida’s primary will come soon after South Carolina’s, and Public Policy Polling shows Romney cruising there, too. PPP has Romney ahead of Gingrich, 41% to 26%.

* Democratic officials announced this morning that the final night of this year’s Democratic National Convention will feature President Obama speaking at Bank of America stadium, the 74,000-seat stadium where the NFL’s Carolina Panthers play.

* Virginia’s U.S. Senate race got a little more interesting this week, with Bob Marshall, one of the most right-wing voices in Virginia’s House of Delegates, announcing he’ll run against former Sen. George Allen in the Republican primary.

* The Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity will invest roughly $8.4 million to buy television ads, hoping to persuade the public to care about the Solyndra “controversy.”

* In Indiana, Sen. Dick Lugar (R) is going on the air this week, hoping to beat back a far-right primary challenge. State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Lugar’s opponent, is launching TV ads of his own.

* And Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of Congress’ most ridiculous members, told local reporters last week that he’s open to running as VP on the Republican Party’s 2012 ticket, if the eventual nominee is interested.

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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  • AmusedOldVet on January 17, 2012 12:25 PM:

    The majority of delegates to the Indiana State Republican Party are on record supporting the wacked out teabagger Mourdock over Dick Lugar.

    I happen to know two 'delegates' to the Indiana State Republican Party. Several months ago, I asked them why they are supporting the teabagger over Dick Lugar. Their answer was that Dick Lugar is too old and not conservative enough.

    In the Indiana primaries in May of this year, voters can request either a republican primary ballot or a democrat ballot. Myself, I plan to get a republican party ballot and vote for the most wacked out idiots they have running.

    In November of 2008, Obama carried the state of Indiana because even many of the idiots conditioned to always vote republican realized that McCrap and Palin were completely wacked out. That, plus many hoosiers I know are even more misogynistic than they are racists. While some of these persons voted for Obama, most voted libertarian. I am hoping that the same dynamic of obvious wack-jobs on the ballot for the repukes will get enough people to vote libertarian that Obama and the DINO running for senate can carry the state.

    I also hope that Mittens selects Condi Rice or the Cuban Rubio from Fla. as his running mate. Not the same effect on the wierd side as Sarah, but it will dilute the racist vote.

  • Holmes on January 17, 2012 12:27 PM:

    I've seen the Americans for Prosperity ad, which is brazenly dishonest. After watching it you'd think Obama is a criminal mastermind who personally fired Solyndra's 1100 employees.

  • Miki on January 17, 2012 12:44 PM:

    It's kind of unfortunate, given the damage the financial sector has wrecked upon the economy, that the President will be speaking at Bank of America stadium.

  • Maritza on January 17, 2012 1:14 PM:

    I think that American for Prosperity is WASTING its money on attack ads against Obama using Solyndra.

    Americans don't give a shit about Solyndra.

  • Robert on January 17, 2012 2:03 PM:

    "And Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of Congress’ most ridiculous members, told local reporters last week that he’s open to running as VP on the Republican Party’s 2012 ticket, if the eventual nominee is interested."

    Barack Obama's Presidency has been a godsend for affirmative action within the Rethuglican Party. One can easily see a desperate Romney picking this loser for VP just as McCain picked that female loser for VP.

  • Texas Aggie on January 18, 2012 12:27 AM:

    The name Bob Marshall rings a bell for having said or done something incredibly stupid relatively recently, but I can't remember what it was. Can anyone help me with it?