Afternoon Fix: Romney gains and loses support in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney has lost and gained support in New Hampshire, Scott Brown was fooled, Kate Marshall is in, and Buddy Roemer is out (of the debate).

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Mitt Romney’s 2008 New Hampshire state chairman won’t support him this time around, he told Mother Jones. Businessman Bruce Keough says he soured on Romney: “I don't think the voters are looking for somebody who's going to be recasting himself." Politico also shot down reports that billionaire David Koch is backing the former Massachusetts governor. On the other hand, two influential New Hampshire Republicans who backed former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008, former New Hampshire House Speaker Doug Scamman and his wife, former state Rep. Stella Scamman, are now supporting Romney.

* Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) was fooled by some fake photographs of Osama bin Laden today. “Let me assure you that he is dead, that bin Laden is dead,” Brown said in a local news interview today. “I have seen the photos and, in fact, we’ve received the briefing and we’ll continue to get the briefings.” His office later explained that he was misled by fake photos of the terrorist leader’s death.

* Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman is getting more praise that won’t help him at all with Republican primary voters — this time from Jimmy Carter. The former president called Carter "very attractive to me personally." But he added that his "intention is to vote for the Democratic candidate."

* Mike Huckabee was in Maryland today for a fundraiser luncheon with the state Republican party. The event drew about 150 people and was held at the home of Rex Reed, a former secretary of the state party, according to the party spokesman Ryan Mahoney.

* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was voted in as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee today, making her the first woman elected to the position. She replaces former Virginia governor Tim Kaine, who is stepping down to run for Senate. A prolific fundraiser and already a very visibile party spokeswoman, Wasserman Schultz was chosen by Obama weeks ago, making the election itself somewhat perfunctory.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will tell supporters on a conference call tomorrow whether he’s running for governor (spoiler: if this ‘Pence for Indiana’ campaign logo is any indication, he is). The call was originally scheduled for Monday but got delayed due to that whole killing Osama bin Laden thing. Once he gets in, the conservative lawmaker will be the frontrunner in the race to replace Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).

* Newt Gingrich will be all the way into the presidential race by next week. When he addresses the Georgia Republicans’ meeting on Friday, May 13, “he’ll be a candidate,” a spokesman told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Gingrich hoped to attend tomorrow’s South Carolina debate but could not untangle his business interests in time.

* Former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer is not going to be at tomorrow’s Fox News GOP debate in South Carolina, because the rules bar candidates that garner less than one percent of the vote in national polls. A disappointed Romer called it “an unrealistic barometer that exclude smaller campaigns such as mine ... But, it sure becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy when the media will only legitimize my candidacy because of some arbitrary threshold of public recognition.”

* Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall (D) will run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who will replace former Sen. John Ensign (R) in the Senate next week. She’s one of the candidates the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committe was hoping to recruit. Two other Democrats are in the race: former university regents Jill Derby and Nancy Price. “As Treasurer, Kate Marshall recklessly gambled away $50 million in Nevada taxpayer dollars on Wall Street,” said a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman in a statement. (The state invested money in Lehman Brothers before its collapse).

* Donald Trump will address a large Washington strategy conference held by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition on June 4th. Reed has spoken to Trump but says it was not an interview for a job with the campaign. He has, however, talked up Trump’s potential support among evangelical voters.

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Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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