5) One of the largest ever gatherings of gay political donors will take place in Washington this April, the New York Times reports
4) The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $12 million
for its annual dinner, which featured South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
, topping its 2010 total of $10 million.
3) Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
's approval rating is down from where it was in early February, according to new Quinnipiac poll data released on Wednesday. His numbers are still good -- 53 percent approve while 32 percent disapprove of the job he is doing -- but have dropped slightly from his Feb. 6 58/24 percent split.
Voter approval of the job the state legislature is doing has dropped nine points from 47 percent to 38 percent, and 52 percent disapprove of the ultrasound requirement for getting an abortion. The percentage of men disapproving of the measure was higher than the percentage of women disapproving.
Focusing on the ultrasound abortion measure looks like a political loser for Republicans in the commonwealth.
2) Mitt Romney
beat Rick Santorum
by 12 points in Illinois on Tuesday, which Beth Reinhard notes
won't clinch the nomination for him, but will help dispel doubts about whether he will ultimately close the deal before the convention.
1) Rep. Adam Kinzinger
, R-Ill., beat
fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo
on Tuesday. It's a big win not only for Kinzinger, but also for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
, who backed him in the race. House Speaker John Boehner
and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy
sought to distance themselves from Cantor's choice in the closing days of the race.
Elsewhere, national Democrats should be happy about Democrat Brad Schneider
over the more liberal Ilya Sheyman
in the 10th District. Schneider will now take on Republican Rep. Robert Dold
in what should be a very competitive race.
One important race still hasn't been called by the AP this morning: In the 13th District, repeat Democratic candidate David Gill
leads Matthew Goetten
52-48 percent with 90 percent of precincts counted. National Democrats prefer the fresh-faced Goetten over the more liberal Gill for a matchup against Republican Rep. Tim Johnson