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3) A panel of federal judges imposed a new congressional map in New York that eliminates the district of retiring Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey and slices up the district of GOP Rep. Bob Turner, who is running for the Senate. The New York Times reports that at least three candidates -- Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Elizabeth Crowley -- a cousin of Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley -- announced their bids to replace retiring Queens Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman. The Queens Democratic Party has chosen Meng as its nominee. 2) Voters head to the polls in Illinois today and at the top of the ticket on the GOP side, 54 delegates are at stake. The popular vote may be close, but Mitt Romney should easily capture a majority of the delegates, which will be the result of three things: his massive financial advantage, having outspent Santorum 7-to-1 in Illinois; his strength in the high-population areas around Chicago; and Santorum's failure to file delegate slates in four congressional districts. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum made a misstep on Tuesday when he said "the campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates." 1) And in the House, there is a lot of action. Check out Hotline On Call's preview of what to watch once the polls close. The marquee matchup is the member-versus-member showdown between Republican Reps. Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger, which has attracted the rare input of the leadership. Josh Kraushaar writes that Cantor made a big-time blunder in putting his weight behind Kinzinger in a race Manzullo could win. Stay tuned to Hotline On Call for results and analysis this evening.

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