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5) A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit by Republicans who wanted South Carolina to require voters to register with a party before voting in a primary. Closing the primary could have helped more conservative candidates, while this decision could provide moderates with a boost. 4) Romney has an op-ed in today's USA Today, highlighting the human cost of long-term unemployment. It begins with a quote from Obama's former economic adviser Christina Romer. "I frankly don't understand why policymakers aren't more worried about the suffering of real families." Romney goes on to say that while Obama did not cause the economic crisis, he made it worse. 3) The New York Times reports that several of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-Ariz.) longtime aides are whispering behind the scenes that she just might recover in time to run for the Senate next year. Democrats don't yet have a candidate in the race, and those considering a bid appear to be waiting to see what Giffords will do before they make their own decisions. If she doesn't run, Democrats may turn to Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon. 2) It's official: Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is making moves to run for the Senate, not governor. He told party activists at the Hamilton County Democrats' annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner that running against Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) - or state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, if he wins the primary - is his priority, and he isn't focused on the governorship. "Although I can help the state in either role, I feel my experience is best served in the Senate," he told the Indianapolis Star. Meanwhile, political analyst Stuart Rothenberg writes in today's Roll Call: "it would be a stunning achievement if Lugar were to win renomination next year in a one-on-one race." 1) A poll of registered voters conducted for Berkley shows she is in a statistical dead heat with Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), leading him 42-38 percent in a survey with about a 4 percent margin of error. Nevada political guru Jon Ralston reports a Democratic source says Berkley remains "torn" over the decision of whether or not to run for the Senate. -- Steven Shepard contributed to this post.

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