4) Where is Rep. Joe Walsh
, R-Ill., going to run? The 8th? The 14th? We still don't know. He had reportedly planned
to announce his decision on Monday, but didn't end up doing that.
3) Waiting for Herman Cain
to make an endorsement? Don't hold your breath too long. He says he won't be endorsing
in the "very immediate future."
2) Speaking about the Republican presidential primary on "Morning Joe," today, Former Sen. George LeMieux
said, "The most conservative person [or] candidate usually wins in Florida." True point. But not one that is going to help his own case, as he's running in a primary of his own with several candidates campaigning to his right.
1) Two new polls
of South Carolina and Iowa show Gingrich with a commanding lead, and contain many red flags for Mitt Romney. According to an ABC News/Washington Post
poll released early on Tuesday Gingrich leads with 33 percent while Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, are tied for second place, with 18 percent each. In a Winthrop University poll of South Carolina, Gingrich leads Romney 38 percent to 22 percent.
Here is something even more striking: In the ABC News/Washington Post
poll, 27 percent said Gingrich has the best chances of defeating President Obama
, while 24 percent said Romney has the best chance. Meanwhile, in a In a CBS News/New York Times poll released Tuesday
, 31 percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers said Gingrich had the best chance among the current GOP field to defeat Obama in 2012 while 29 percent said Romney had the best chance. So one of Romney's chief arguments -- electability -- isn't resonating in Iowa right now.