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Hotline Sort: Kaine's Big Quarter

April 3, 2012
5) President Obama predicted Monday that the Supreme Court would uphold his health care law, a move the Wall Street Journal calls "a rare instance of a president laying out his own arguments about a Supreme Court case before the justices are set to reach their decision." 4) Obama's campaign released a new TV ad that defends his energy record and goes after spending from conservative outside groups. 3) It's election day in Maryland, where the feature showdown is the Democratic primary in the 6th District. Check out our preview of contest, which pits state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola against financier John Delaney. The winner gets a chance to unseat Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in a redrawn district. The new district would have given Obama 57 percent of the vote in 2008; the old one gave him 41 percent. The other race where there is some intrigue is the GOP Senate primary, where the nominee will challenge Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md. Polls close at 8 p.m. Stay tuned to Hotline On Call for results this evening. 2) It's also election day in Wisconsin, where Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will square off once again. Polling shows Romney leading by single digits. Demographically, Wisconsin is a bubble state (lots of working class voters that play to Santorum's strengths). A double-digit Romney win would be a clear sign this race is all but over. And when it is all said and done, don't underestimate House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's impact. He's been campaigning with Romney, who's backed his budget proposal. To the fiscally conservative Milwaukee suburban voters and to those near Ryan's district, that's music to their ears. 1) Meanwhile, Romney and the Republican National Committee will begin to raise money jointly. The Wall Street Journal:

The arrangement will allow top donors to write checks as large as $75,000 per person, by giving to party organizations in addition to the campaign. That's far more than the $2,500 ceiling that applies to individual donations to a presidential candidate for the fall election.

It's yet another sign that Republican establishment support is rallying behind the frontrunner, even as his opponents stick around in the race. -- Josh Kraushaar contributed
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