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Hotline Sort: The Specter of Defeat

4) The first TV ad of Maryland's Republican Senate race comes from Richard Douglas, who launched his first ad on Tuesday, a spot that criticizes Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. 3) Mitt Romney offered a glimpse of his humorous side with Jay Leno. The Los Angeles Times:

Romney described New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as "indomitable," Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "the American Dream," Wisconsin congressman Paul D. Ryan as "creative," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as "energetic" and real estate magnate Donald Trump as "huge." "Rick Santorum?" Leno asked. "Um, press secretary," Romney replied.

2) Here's an important Florida story on the front page of today's New York Times. Some well-known civic organizations have suspended voter registration drives in the Sunshine State, owing to strict new voter registration laws:

In the months since its new law took effect in July, 81,471 fewer Floridians have registered to vote than during the same period before the 2008 presidential election, according to an analysis of registration data by The New York Times. All told, there are 11.3 million voters registered in the state. It is difficult to say just how much of the decrease is due to the restrictions in the law, and how much to demographic changes, a lack of enthusiasm about politics or other circumstances, including the fact that there was no competitive Democratic presidential primary this year. But new registrations dropped sharply in some areas where the voting-age population has been growing...

1) With an eye on the convention, and a growing deficit in the GOP delegate race, Newt Gingrich his scaling back his campaign schedule and laying off about 1/3 of his full-time staff, Politico reported. Aides called the move a "big-choice convention" strategy.

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