5) Meanwhile in Wisconsin, former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow (D) announced he'll challenge Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.). Kreitlow was a former television anchor who lost his re-election bid last year. That would pit two former TV "stars" against each other, in what will be a closely-watched House race next year. 4) The waiting game continues in Nevada as Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) will appoint a replacement for Sen. John Ensign (R) before May 3. Sandoval senior adviser Dale Erquiaga said Monday the governor will try to follow the will of Nevada voters by appointing someone who matches Ensign's "political ideology," a term he declined to define. Erquiaga also dismissed a push from Democrats in the Legislature to establish an "open, fair and public process" to select the appointment. Rep. Dean Heller (R) is still widely expected to get the appointment. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that Angle is considering a third-party or independent bid if she does not make it onto the ballot in a 2nd District House special election, should one occur (something we anticipated last week). State Sen. Greg Brower (R) said Monday he would run in any special election -- or in the 2012 regular election if Heller remains in office. Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblywoman Debbie Smith said Monday she "will not be a candidate in any special election for the 2nd Congressional District." 3) With the 2012 campaign gearing up, some prominent hedge fund managers are backing away from supporting Democrats and are actively supporting Republicans, the Wall Street Journal reports. 2) Obama will conduct local interviews Tuesday with regional affiliates in Atlanta (WSB), Cleveland (WTKR) Hampton Roads and Detroit (WXYZ) to discuss his debt and deficit reduction plans. 1) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) removed himself from the 2012 presidential race on Monday. Meanwhile, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) announced Monday that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), a close of friend of Barbour, is already seeing an uptick in media scrutiny as he zeroes in on his own decision in the coming weeks. Daniels is expected to announce whether he is running sometime after Indiana's legislative session wraps up at the end of the month. On Monday, Daniels issued a statement that only raised more questions about his own ambitions. In response to Barbour's announcement, he said he would have "been proud to try to help" Barbour had he decided to run. -- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post
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