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4) More bad news for Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.: Federal Election Commission documents show that "more likely than not," he violated campaign finance laws, and provided inaccurate testimony to investigators, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. 3) A break for Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill.: DuPage County schools superintendent Darlene Ruscitti ended her bid for the Republican nomination on Wednesday, meaning Walsh can avoid what could have been a potentially rough primary in the 8th District. 2) New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne isn't going to make an endorsement in the GOP presidential race. "Being publicly uncommitted gives me the opportunity to support, enthusiastically and without reservation, whoever that nominee is," he told the New Hampshire Union-Leader. It makes sense for a candidate running for governor not to align himself too closely with any one candidate, given the uncertainty in the GOP presidential race. But Lamontagne has held a series of house meetings with the candidates and his endorsement would swing some conservative votes in the Granite State. There have to be some disappointed activists in the state today, not to mention candidates. 1) In today's installment of the Newt Gingrich-Mitt Romney back-and-forth, Gingrich is challenging Romney "to meet me for 90 minutes in Iowa. Anywhere. Any time. Time keeper. No moderator." Romney, meanwhile had said this about Gingrich: "If you can't stand the relatively modest heat in the kitchen right now, wait until Obama's hell's kitchen shows up." Gingrich repeatedly cites Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment and has criticized PACs who support his opponents for hitting him. But the reality is that is only going to get him so far. With the barrage he is facing on TV, the damage is being done against the former House Speaker and asking everyone to play nicer isn't going to be enough of a response.

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