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January 9, 2012
6) Will he or won't he? A conservative blog in Virginia notes that Republican Del. Bob Marshall has been quietly collecting signatures to get on the ballot in the Senate race. 5) An emotional day in Tucson on Sunday, as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance at a remembrance a year after the tragic shooting that killed six people and nearly took the congresswoman's life. 4) Utah Republican state Rep. Chris Herrod is jumping into the Senate race, joining Sen. Orrin Hatch and challenger Dan Liljenquist. Fundraising may be a concern for Herrod, whose strategy isn't the same as Liljenquist's. The Provo Daily Herald:

Liljenquist has been quick in his stump speeches to say it was time for Hatch to retire; Herrod stayed away from even mentioning the longtime senator's name during his announcement speech. He only mentioned Hatch after being asked about him.

3) Keep a close eye on former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey this week, as he is set to visit with Nebraskans as he mulls a Senate run. He'd be the highest profile potential Democrat to run for retiring Sen. Ben Nelson's seat, but he's been living in New York for the past decade, something Republicans will surely remind voters of many times if Kerrey runs. 2) Mitt Romney holds a comfortable lead in New Hampshire, but there are a few red flags on the horizon. The Wall Street Journal dives into Romney's record at Bain, concluding he had some "big gains" but also "big busts" in its front-page headline today. The story comes, as Gingrich is getting millions of dollars in assistance from a super PAC (Winning Our Future), funded by wealthy casino owner Sheldon Adelson. The super PAC will be attacking Romney in South Carolina ads this week and will include portions of a film about Bain Capital paid for by an anti-Romney operative. Pay close attention to whether the attacks stick; the line of argument is similar to the one being advanced by President Obama's campaign team. 1) A Romney quote that may come back to bite him in the coming days: "I know what it's like to worry about whether you're going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered if I was going to get a pink slip." Romney made those comments on Sunday, trying to present himself as concerned with the struggles of working Americans.
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