5) Republican Eric Wargotz
, who challenged Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., last year, said on Thursday that he won't be running
against Democratic Sen. Benjamin Cardin
in 2012. Cardin, meanwhile, is kicking off his campaign in Baltimore on Sunday
4) After Ohio Republicans failed to pass their redistricting plan through the state House, they unveiled a revised map - and Rep. Dennis Kucinich isn't going to be happy about it. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports
that the new map protects Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, while again putting Kucinich at risk. The original map merged the districts of Kaptur and Kucinich - with a lot more of Kucinich's Cleveland-area turf represented.
The redistricting tussle is far from settled and the entire disagreement could even end up in federal court if an agreement isn't struck.
3) Mitt Romney is out with an op-ed in USA Today
on his plan to tackle debt and spending. He writes: "By the end of my first term, I will bring federal spending as a share of GDP down from last year's staggering 24.3% to 20% or below. This level is in line with the historical average and nears the tax revenue our economy generates when healthy. With economic growth of 4% a year, meeting this goal will require approximately $500 billion of spending cuts in 2016."
2) A story about Texas Gov. Rick Perry
on the front page of today's New York Times
isn't likely to play so well with Iowa farmers. The story looks at 200 free flights that Perry has accepted from corporate executives and wealthy donors during his time as governor. His trips adhere to ethics laws, so there is no accusation of improper use, but the story's lead is an account of a livestock industry leader flying Perry in a private jet to D.C. in 2008 where the governor urged the EPA to waive an ethanol mandate, in an effort to lower the cost of corn.
1) According to the first live-caller poll
conducted entirely after the Cain sexual harassment allegation story broke, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO is still running neck-and-neck with Romney, and his support has actually increased over the past month. Romney leads Cain 25 percent to 23 percent, which is within the poll's margin of error of +/- 5.0 percent. The poll was conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 3, beginning the evening after Politico
first reported the harassment allegations.