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December 7, 2011
4) There was a Democratic debate in the Massachusetts Senate race on Tuesday, and Elizabeth Warren didn't spoil her frontrunner status, the Boston Globe reported. At the debate, Warren said that third parties have the right to put their message out there, but added that she is against negative advertising, the paper noted. 3) At a Tuesday press conference on a separate issue, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman discussed speculation over a potential Senate bid. They key is that he keeps driving the point home that Republican leaders are the ones trying to coax him into the race. "They initiated the phone calls, and I listened to them," he said. "I understand their arguments. They're persuasive. But I also indicated that it would take a lot to change my mind." The Omaha World-Herald has the complete story. As I wrote on Tuesday, party operatives on both sides aren't holding their breath waiting for a Heineman bid, and there are reasons why the governor would be floating the idea, even if he ultimately does not intend on running. But given the problems the GOP field has had, Heineman's moves are worthy of close scrutiny. Also of note: state Attorney General Jon Bruning, the current GOP frontrunner, is up with his first ad of the campaign, blasting Nelson for his vote for Obama's health care bill. (h/t The Fix) 2) Another Iowa poll, another commanding Gingrich lead. This time is a CBS News/New York Times poll released late on Tuesday which showed the former House Speaker at 31 percent with Romney at 17 percent and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at 16 percent. As we've seen in two other recent Iowa polls, Gingrich is performing well when it comes to the electability argument, too. Thirty-one percent of likely caucusgoers said Gingrich has the best chance to defeat Obama, while 29 percent selected Romney. 1) But then there's this: Another (potentially) missed deadline for Newt Gingrich? the Washington Times reports his campaign may not make today's deadline to file for the ballot in Ohio. The campaign already missed the Missouri deadline, though the Show Me State's caucuses won't be awarding delegates. It's the latest sign of a campaign which is struggling to find its footing to check off the most basic boxes, even as it skyrockets in the polls. -- Steven Shepard contributed
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