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Hotline Sort: A Muddle in Maine

March 6, 2012
5) Shad Planking, the annual spring political gathering in Virginia, will feature former Sen. George Allen, but notably not former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, the Washington Post reports. Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine: "No deadline was communicated to us regarding a speaking role. We were surprised to find that Governor Kaine has apparently been uninvited to speak under these circumstances." 4) Promising no negative ads, Former Gov. Angus King, an independent, officially announced his run for retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe's seat on Monday night. "Frankly, I think I might scare (the parties), and that would be a good thing," he said, according to the Kennebec Journal. King's entrance gives Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree something extra to think about. If she runs, she will do so in a three-way race that includes a well-known independent who can peel off a fair amount of Democratic votes. It's risky proposition for the lawmaker. Republicans are stirring up more trouble. "This development adds a complicating factor for national Democratic Party strategists and adds fuel to growing rumors we heard from sources on the ground in Maine this weekend that the Democratic Party establishment in Washington is pressuring liberal Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree to step aside for the Independent former Governor," wrote NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer in a memo. Meanwhile, Republican Attorney General William Schneider, who's exploring a Senate bid, asked to rent the Snowe campaign's email list. 3) It's Super Tuesday, and Ohio is the feature presidential primary to watch tonight when the polls close at 6:30 ET. But the Buckeye State also plays host to some high stakes House primaries and a GOP Senate primary in which Josh Mandel is expected to cruise to victory. Check out our previews here and here. 2) President Obama isn't going to let the Republican presidential candidates have the Super Tuesday news cycle all to themselves; he's holding a news conference today in which mortgage relief will be a feature topic. 1) Beth Reinhard has your complete ten state Super Tuesday preview. In addition to Ohio, where polling shows the Mitt Romney/Rick Santorum matchup to be within the margin of error, also look to Tennessee, which could go either way. Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, says he has to win Georgia, but can he win anything beyond home state?
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