3) Former Michigan Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra's controversial TV ad continues to stoke controversy. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, sharply criticized the spot on Tuesday, saying in a statement that "Pete Hoekstra's advertisement is outrageous. America should expect much more from a candidate for a high federal position. His racist thoughts are not welcome in the United States Senate." Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow has launched a money bomb with a goal of raising more than the $144,000 that was spent on the ad. As of 11:30 Tuesday night, she had raised $68,220. What's clear is that this is an issue that has reached well beyond the bounds of Michigan. 2) Priorities USA might get a boost from a wealthy former Hillary Clinton backer who hasn't embraced all that President Obama warmly in the past. The Wall Street Journal: 1) Rick Santorum completed an unlikely sweep of Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday. There were no delegates at stake in Missouri, but his three-state win marked the first time since Iowa that the former senator could claim victory. So what now? It's a temporary setback for Mitt Romney, who this month's calendar still favors for a rebound (Arizona and Michigan, two states Romney is expected to win, are coming up). For Newt Gingrich, it means having to once again contend with another candidate for the anti-Romney conservative mantle. Most importantly, for Santorum, it's an opportunity -- he has to prove he can parlay his surprise wins into more money, more high profile support and more momentum. If he can't do that. it will be all for naught. -- Steven Shepard contributed
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