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Hotline Sort: Two Down in Ohio

March 7, 2012
3) Former Maine independent Gov. Angus King did an interview with the Bangor Daily News. He's not going to show his hand, in terms of which party he would caucus with, if elected. "Once I announce that, I've given away a lot of what I have to give," he said. King also told the Portland Press-Herald that if polls showed that he couldn't win, he would consider dropping out of the race. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said that she might take another couple days to decide whether to run - and that she's waiting for the results from DSCC polling to help guide her decision. 2) Three members of Congress who served in office as recently as 2010 went down in Ohio on Tuesday night. The biggest upset: Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt, who lost to Brad Wenstrup. Schmidt was a target of the Campaign for Primary Accountability (the group is also targeting Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., who faces a primary next week). Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy lost to former Ohio House Democratic Leader Joyce Beatty in the 3rd District. Each district produced its outcome for its own reasons, but it doesn't look like Washington experience will be an asset this morning. Meanwhile, as expected, Josh Mandel cruised to victory in the Senate GOP primary. 1) Mitt Romney won the most states on Super Tuesday, but he did not achieve the knockout blow that supporters wanted to see from him. The night's biggest prize -- Ohio -- went to Romney, albeit narrowly (38 to 37 percent) over Rick Santorum. Romney also scored wins in his home state of Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, Alaska and Idaho. But Santorum stays afloat with wins in Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Newt Gingrich won just his home state of Georgia. Ron Brownstein: If anything, though, Tuesday's results dramatized the inability of either [Santorum or Romney] to consistently expand beyond the beachheads of support they have already established. In the most competitive states, Romney continued to struggle among the key elements of the party's populist wing, particularly evangelical Christians, strong tea party supporters, working-class voters and voters who consider themselves very conservative. In mirror-image fashion, after Tuesday night's results, Santorum still has not carried more than 31 percent of Republican voters who do not consider themselves evangelical Christians in any state. Next up: Guam, Kansas, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Marianas Islands on March 10, with Hawaii, Mississippi, Alabama, and American Samoa going on March 13.
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